Pastry week’s Great British Bake Off evictee has flaked out of the contest after claiming it would be her week in the tent.
Linda became the fifth baker to leave the Channel 4 show, but gave herself the kiss of death when she started the episode by saying: “This is the week that I wanted to get to because I know that I can make pastry, lots of us mums can make pastry.“
Despite her confidence going into pastry week, Linda struggled with all three challenges, beginning with the signature bake of pasties where she missed the vital instruction to crimp the edges and baked a batch of samosas instead.
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She then came last in the technical challenge to make two flavours of eclairs after having three separate goes at making them, eventually serving up a deconstructed take on the classic pastry.
The final nail in the coffin was the showstopper where her pastry cage broke into pieces and couldn’t be presented - the most important element of the task.
However, Linda wasn’t the only one to struggle with pastry week - both Mark and Marc gave in to the pressure of at least one task.
Mark, like Linda, had a disaster with trying to fashion a pastry cage that collapsed in the showstopper, but was saved by his excellent pasties in the first round.
Laura was triumphant this week, with a well-deserved Star Baker title for three successful rounds including a beautifully intricate showstopper pastry cage covering a delicious key lime pie.
There were also strong efforts from Peter, Dave and Lottie, who will all return for the show’s inaugural Japanese week.
The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.