Karen and Terry sent home from Bake Off in double exit

By Craig Simpson, Press Association

Karen and Terry have left the The Great British Bake Off together in a double exit.

Kim-Joy was named Star Baker as the pair were evicted from the Bake Off tent, following a week when all contestants were allowed to remain.

Good friends Terry, 56, and Karen, 60, failed to impress in their Spice Week challenges.

Paul Hollywood was alone in making the final judgment on who should leave the show in the fifth week, as fellow judge Prue Leith was unavailable because of illness.

Contestants were tasked with creating a ginger cake for their signature piece, the Middle Eastern pastry Ma’Amoul for the technical challenge, and a chandelier of spiced biscuits for the showstopper.

Retired air steward Terry left The Great British Bake Off in the fifth week (Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions)

A soggy cake, oozing Ma’Amoul and a bland showstopper were enough to seal Terry’s fate.

Store assistant Karen put “too much booze” in her cake, and made a major mix-up with her Ma’Amoul saw come last in the technical round.

She said: “It really helped me to leave with Terry, it was bitter sweet of course, and I had no doubt that I was going, I knew I couldn’t pull it back this time.

“But to go with a baker that I had grown a bond with was so much easier. We sat together holding hands when they said the verdict.”

Terry’s illness and absence from last week’s show meant that all contestants were spared being sent home, but the retired air steward failed to make it through another week on his return.

He also spoke of the bonds he shared on the show, saying: “My friendship with Karen has been so supportive, we had some kind of chemistry from the first moment we bumped into each other. She is a clever, amusing lady and I think we will be good friends for a long time.”

Rahul continued to impress, and was again hailed a “genius” by Hollywood. Manon was also given the honour of a handshake from the judge.

But it was Kim-Joy who was named Star Baker, receiving a Hollywood handshake for her cake, and impressing with her Christmas-themed showstopper.