'Bake Off's' '80s week confuses viewers with quiche and doughnut challenges

Katie Archer
·Contributor
·3-min read
Ep6.  Paul and Prue.
Ep6. Paul and Prue.

The 1980s is a love it or hate it decade for style, music – and it would seem for cakes too.

Going for yet another theme week, this time The Great British Bake Off travelled back to the ‘80s for some retro bakes, but there was a little confusion over how well some of the challenges fitted the brief.

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To most of us, ‘80s food means Angel Delight, Arctic Rolls and Viennetta, but in the tent it means quiche and doughnuts.

First up, the bakers had to create two types of quiche for the signature bake, and while Hermine presented a tray of delicious classic flavours, Lottie and Dave’s full English breakfast versions went down less well.

Especially Lottie’s, which included baked beans. In a quiche.

The technical challenge saw the six contestants try to make perfect finger doughnuts – not such a controversial bake, but with mixed results.

And the showstopper, an ice-cream celebration cake, would have had the potential to be a winner if it hadn’t fallen on the third hottest day on record.

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While the episode was a welcome trip down memory lane for some, there were others who felt they could have gone a little stronger on the ‘80s icons.

One brave Bake Off fan argued that the show hadn’t been bold enough by stopping at the ‘80s for inspiration.

Bake Off’s baby-faced favourite Peter seemed a little bemused by the theme – as his fellow contestants reminisced about their favourite moments from the ‘80s, he pointed out that he had been born later in 2000, and shockingly did not recognise such classic pop hits as Careless Whisper or True.

Peter’s lack of experience with actually baking, eating, or even living through the ‘80s certainly didn’t hold him back though, as he upheld his reputation as one of the most reliably good contestants.

However, it turned out that the retro recipes were the least of everyone’s worries as the episode was filmed during the summer’s heatwave, leaving the bakers fighting for freezer space not just for their ice-cream cakes, but to cool themselves down, too.

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The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.