We're rocketing through the series, almost halfway through already! This fifth episode takes us into the world of biscuits, so make sure you stock up on snacks so you don't get hungry halfway through. I don't want to spoil any of the challenges coming up, but a quick read of the BBC suggests the Showstopper is a really tricky one! They seem to be getting harder and harder, but that's just whittling down our bakers until we get to the ultimate star baker for 2013. Yum!

143 responses

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 18:14

    Mmm, biscuits.

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 18:17

    I was looking through the recipes on offer from the GBBO series so far, thinking perhaps I could catch up my "Inspired By..." series at a later date. But I have to say there's not an awful lot there to actually inspire. It's either a weird combination of flavours, something I've never heard of, or too tricky for me.

    I wonder if the amateur status of this competition is just going to keep getting further and further away.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 18:35

    I should probably take this opportunity to drag my face away from GTA V. Also, biscuits.

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 18:38

    I should probably take this opportunity to drag my face away from GTA V. Also, biscuits.

    Addictive? The game not the biscuits.

  • lou17/09/2013 at 18:42

    yaaaaaayy! so excited for more baking! Made an Apple Curd cake with mum today. hmmmmm apples.

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 18:45

    yaaaaaayy! so excited for more baking! Made an Apple Curd cake with mum today. hmmmmm apples.

    You can curd apples? I've heard of lemon curd, but not the apple variety.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 18:48

    Addictive? The game not the biscuits.

    Ever so slightly. That's what happens when you create something that has everything.

    It even has in depth tennis for goodness sake!

  • lou17/09/2013 at 18:48

    You can curd apples? I've heard of lemon curd, but not the apple variety.

    i hadn't heard of apple curd either, but it's delish! It's a blessing really as we've found out we have another 4 apple trees - and there is only so much apple crumble/ pie we can take. This curd is apple and cinnamon. It tastes just like the yummy filling inside a crumble. It's good on toast too, and super easy to make!

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 18:49

    It even has in depth tennis for goodness sake!

    Are you sure you didn't accidentally change the channel? :)

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 18:50

    Are you sure you didn't accidentally change the channel? :)

    I'm awaiting the baking minigame.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 18:52

    I was looking through the recipes on offer from the GBBO series so far, thinking perhaps I could catch up my "Inspired By..." series at a later date. But I have to say there's not an awful lot there to actually inspire. It's either a weird combination of flavours, something I've never heard of, or too tricky for me.

    they're blowing my mind a little bit.

    Yummy sounding though.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 18:54

    I might try and make some egg custard tarts, they seem quite easy to m...

    ...*remembers last weeks disasters*

    .....hmm

  • lou17/09/2013 at 18:56

    I was looking through the recipes on offer from the GBBO series so far, thinking perhaps I could catch up my "Inspired By..." series at a later date. But I have to say there's not an awful lot there to actually inspire. It's either a weird combination of flavours, something I've never heard of, or too tricky for me.

    ... or, just do the top 3 at the end of the series :) Like a Christine's mini bake off? Favourite, technical, show stopper etc etc? :)

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 18:58

    they're blowing my mind a little bit.

    It just turns it from "I could bake that" to the normal "watching people make stuff on TV." Very entertaining, perhaps slightly less inspiring.

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 18:58

    ... or, just do the top 3 at the end of the series :) Like a Christine's mini bake off? Favourite, technical, show stopper etc etc? :)

    If I see anything I like, I'll think about it :)

  • Steven Roy17/09/2013 at 18:58

    It's baking day again. This is a really bad time for it to be on because it is Champions League night and I have just discovered that on Sky's red button I can watch all 7 games at the same time with selectable commentary.

  • lou17/09/2013 at 18:59

    If I see anything I like, I'll think about it :)

    everyone likes biscuits ;) :)

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 18:59

    It's baking day again. This is a really bad time for it to be on because it is Champions League night and I have just discovered that on Sky's red button I can watch all 7 games at the same time with selectable commentary.

    We need red button baking

    Watch all 3 trays in the oven, live.

  • lou17/09/2013 at 18:59

    It's baking day again. This is a really bad time for it to be on because it is Champions League night and I have just discovered that on Sky's red button I can watch all 7 games at the same time with selectable commentary.

    but.... baking!!!

  • Steven Roy17/09/2013 at 19:00

    Watch all 3 trays in the oven, live.

    :)

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:00

    everyone likes biscuits ;) :)

    Traybakes seem doable. I assume it is mixing up a lot of ingredients and then putting them in the oven. Although I have thought that before this series and been boggled at what they've come up with!

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:01

    Towers of biscuits!

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:01

    Traybakes seem doable. I assume it is mixing up a lot of ingredients and then putting them in the oven. Although I have thought that before this series and been boggled at what they've come up with!

    my friend who had NEVER ever baked until she came out of hospital for a major op (long story) baked a millionares shortcake traybake thingy.. having literally never baked before... and it was amazing. you can totally do traybakes :)

    brownies are the best traybakes, i challenge you to mess up brownie making :)

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:01

    Howdy all! :D

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:01

    Howdy all! :D

    just in time! :)

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:02

    5 a day!!!! XD

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:02

    Wagon Wheels aren;t a biscuit!

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:02

    5 a day!!!! XD

    They've been studying my diet :O

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:02

    brownies are the best traybakes, i challenge you to mess up brownie making :)

    I did brownies! http://mrschristine.com/2012/11/28/super-chocolatey-chocolate-brownies/

    Although that was almost a year ago, so probably about time I did some more.

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:03

    Whatev's

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:03

    Yay, Mel said 'whatevs'

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:03

    I did brownies! mrschristine.com/…ocolate-brownies/

    oohhh yes!! well, then, how about blondies??

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:04

    hmmm! breakfast flapjacks!!!!!!

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:05

    Mmmm. brownies.

    (except the hazelnut)

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:05

    oohhh yes!! well, then, how about blondies??

    Ah ha, a quick google suggests this is something I might be able to cope with. :)

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:06

    Bannoffee!

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:06

    Ah ha, a quick google suggests this is something I might be able to cope with. :)

    :) send me one ;)

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:07

    We had a technician with us all day yesterday for our servers who looked just like Paul to the point most people started calling him Paul.

    Honestly, spitting image. Less flour though. He didn't bake us anything.

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:08

    ahahahaaa XD I love that she tried to get an upgrade on a train XD

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:08

    I definitely can't name five different types of cherry :)

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:09

    I definitely can't name five different types of cherry :)

    i didn't know there was 5 types of cherry!

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:09

    i didn't know there was 5 types of cherry!

    I've got:

    - bright red ones

    - slightly darker ones

    - cherryade

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:09

    I definitely can't name five different types of cherry :)

    Nope, me either. Morello, glacé... that's about it.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:09

    I definitely can't name five different types of cherry :)

    red cherry, cherry coke, cherry springer, black stone cherry, the other one

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:10

    red cherry, cherry coke, cherry springer, black stone cherry, the other one

    :)

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:12

    hmm marshmellow...

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:13

    TIL baking stuff is female

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:13

    Marshmallow is definitely one of those things that I never consider comes from ingredients.

  • Steven Roy17/09/2013 at 19:13

    Nope, me either. Morello, glacé... that's about it.

    There is one that is famous in Scottish comedy history that is called marschino or similar

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:14

    Marshmallow is definitely one of those things that I never consider comes from ingredients.

    hahaha yes definitely know what you mean. The girls and I at uni tried to make marshmellow last year. It went horribly wrong. we didn't have an electric whisk, it didn't set in the fridge and well. it was a task and a half. Have been put off making marshmellow since.

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:16

    hahaha yes definitely know what you mean. The girls and I at uni tried to make marshmellow last year. It went horribly wrong. we didn't have an electric whisk, it didn't set in the fridge and well. it was a task and a half. Have been put off making marshmellow since.

    Sometimes it's good to keep the mystery behind things :)

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:17

    Bless Howard!

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:17

    Sometimes it's good to keep the mystery behind things :)

    Easier to settle wth going to Tesco and going 'where does it come from?!!!'

    (probably not when in tesco)

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:18

    too many things are made with nuts on/in them and it leaves me very conflicted

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:19

    I bet the crew on this program go home fat after the series

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:19

    wow!!

  • Steven Roy17/09/2013 at 19:19

    too many things are made with nuts on/in them and it leaves me very conflicted

    There needs to be a cooking baking show where they are not allowed to use nuts or cheese

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:19

    edible jenga!

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:19

    edible jenga!

    Edible Jenga may be the best thing I've ever seen.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:20

    Edible Jenga may be the best thing I've ever seen.

    The loser has to eat the tower

    *takes a bottom piece*

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:21

    Uhoh, got his science wrong there.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:21

    Ruby gives up too easily,

  • Steven Roy17/09/2013 at 19:22

    Typical. I switch over to see edible Jenga. Well you would. Only to find they have moved on to grotesque cakey things. I switch back to the footbally only to find that i have missed the only goal in the game so far

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:22

    ...Going all zen on us.

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:22

    Typical. I switch over to see edible Jenga. Well you would. Only to find they have moved on to grotesque cakey things. I switch back to the footbally only to find that i have missed the only goal in the game so far

    Edible Jenga! http://twitter.com/BritishBakeOff/status/380048491533180928/photo/1

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:23

    France!

    they're making a franck, christine.

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:23

    Tuiles are super easy, but then super impossible!

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:24

    I thought a tuile was a flower.

    the more you know.

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:24

    i LOVE eating tuiles... cooking them tho....

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:24

    Oh that's fiddly. Hammer hands Christine couldn't do that :)

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:25

    howard reminds me of alan rickman

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:26

    Howard has got it

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:28

    Things you can only hear on the bake off - "dissatisfied with the size of this nozzle."

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:29

    They all appear to have made swirly crisps

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:30

    Crackage.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:30

    it's a lot of effort for something so... minor

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:31

    oh i so so want to try making these. they are soo so tasty.

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:31

    oh i so so want to try making these. they are soo so tasty.

    Crazy lady :)

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:31

    it's a lot of effort for something so... minor

    I was thinking that. They definitely don't make that much effort for Pringles.

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:32

    Crazy lady :)

    i have a mum who will offer her services the moment i get to the kitchen so it'll be two crazy ladies :)

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:32

    I was thinking that. They definitely don't make that much effort for Pringles.

    but they taste SO GOOD!

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:32

    but they taste SO GOOD!

    they do look nice

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:33

    Howard's doesn't look good

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:34

    Well done Christine.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:34

    Good work Christine

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:36

    Thank you, thank you!

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:37

    30cm biscuit tower!!!!!!!

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:38

    I sense a lot more edible jengas coming up!

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:38

    WOW!

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:38

    woah

    more layers than a photoshop job

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:38

    tea!!

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:39

    oh these are so cool!!

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:41

    Eggggggs-terminate!

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:41

    :O

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:41

    YAY

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:41

    AMAZING.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:42

    someone should make an edible doctor and there can be an edible face off

    and everyone gets eaten and the doctor who theme tune plays

    (which is also edible)

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:44

    Yay for using science to GLUE biscuits together

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:44

    These are awesome

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:45

    Loving the pagoda's upturned-nesses

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:45

    wibbly wobbly bakey wakey.

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:46

    They are helping eachother *hearts*

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:46

    They are helping eachother *hearts*

    i was thinking that! they rock!

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:46

    They are helping eachother *hearts*

    I like that. We don't see enough of that.

    Well, particularly this series, with all the custard stealing.

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:46

    I can't watch... there's going to be a toppler

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:47

    noooooooooooo

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:47

    Argh!

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:47

    hahahahahaa

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:47

    awkward mel is awkward

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:48

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! YUM!

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:49

    That is ridiculous

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:49

    so.many.layers.

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:49

    These are properly incredible.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:49

    I made jelly on the weekend

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:49

    forget wedding cake, i'm getting a wedding biscuit tower, so cool!!!!

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:49

    I made jelly on the weekend

    wibbly wobbly

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:50

    poor frances :(

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:50

    I feel bad for her :(

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:51

    That clock is ridiculous

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:51

    Christine must get star baker...

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:51

    it looks like christmas decorations. I'll have to look twice now at decorations

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:51

    Dalek for the win

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:51

    best thing ever.

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:52

    Rocket man not had a good week this week.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:52

    Breaking news: Daleks are not tasty; Davros to work on recipe

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:55

    Mel and Sue should present everything.

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:56

    yaay! well done Christine!

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 19:56

    Noooo

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:56

    aww, poor rocketman

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 19:56

    He was a star baker? How quickly I forget stuff.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:58

    Oooooh, puns.

  • Lukeh17/09/2013 at 19:58

    ...I didn;t even mean that

  • lou17/09/2013 at 19:59

    awesome, right, i'm off. speak to ya'll soon! xx

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 20:00

    Night all. I'm going to bed.

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 20:01

    Thanks all, can't believe it's halfway but onwards and upwards! Till next week :)

  • Mr C17/09/2013 at 20:04

    Night all. I'm going to bed.

    wut?

  • Steven Roy17/09/2013 at 20:05

    wut?

    I guess someone is on nightshift baby patrol

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 20:06

    I guess someone is on nightshift baby patrol

    Nightshift Baby Patrol sounds like a new version of CSI or something.

  • Steven Roy17/09/2013 at 20:08

    Nightshift Baby Patrol sounds like a new version of CSI or something.

    There is a lot of detective work in trying to figure out why it is still crying when you have done everything on the list

  • Christine17/09/2013 at 20:08

    There is a lot of detective work in trying to figure out why it is still crying when you have done everything on the list

    I'm glad it comes with a list, that's handy.

  • Mr C17/09/2013 at 20:13

    I'm glad it comes with a list, that's handy.

    it's a short list if you get to sleep by 9pm.

  • Steven Roy17/09/2013 at 20:15

    it's a short list if you get to sleep by 9pm.

    The list starts in 4 or 5 hours with a little person making far more noise than it should be posible to get from such a small package

  • Will^17/09/2013 at 22:25

    ...All very true: We'll try to get him to down early so that we'll hopefully get in enough 2-hour naps before morning to constitute "a sleep".

    Or, when he doesn't want to settle for hours and I have to hold him, then at least we've started early (as is the case now).

    #nothere