Fresh from the introduction of our baker's dozen of candidates last week, we're moving on to a new week of challenges. This time it's all about bread - Paul Hollywood's speciality. Twelve contestants remain in the competition, and hopefully they can get through this session of baking without too much in the way of injury - last week was all about those sticky blue plasters. So, get those aprons on (or perhaps not if you're just watching from the sofa), it's time to bake!

183 responses

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 18:08

    We need TV's to invent smellovision as the smell of bread baking is the best smell ever.

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 18:09

    We need TV's to invent smellovision as the smell of bread baking is the best smell ever.

    Yes! Although smell-o-vision things never smell very good.

    I guess... we could bake actual bread?

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 18:10

    I guess... we could bake actual bread?

    We could... but... also, Greggs.

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 18:21

    I guess... we could bake actual bread?

    Should've thought about that earlier... we must think ahead ahead of next week.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 18:22

    How long does it take to bake bread?

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 18:24

    How long does it take to bake bread?

    Depends what kind of bread... inside a couple of hours is about right, but it can take a good few more if you're making an 'interesting' loaf.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 18:27

    Depends what kind of bread... inside a couple of hours is about right, but it can take a good few more if you're making an 'interesting' loaf.

    I always imagine dit would take like 7 or 8 hours for some reason. My brain tells me something that smells that good takes a long time. I would love to make proper bread if I had some time and just focused on it

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 18:29

    I always imagine dit would take like 7 or 8 hours for some reason. My brain tells me something that smells that good takes a long time. I would love to make proper bread if I had some time and just focused on it

    I find it's not so much the baking, but the waiting in between rises that puts me off.

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 18:29

    It can take 6, 7, 8 hours for a loaf :)

    Thinking about it, I've used a recipe for ciabatta that takes 24+ hours, even before it is put in the oven.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 18:29

    Thinking about it, I've used a recipe for ciabatta that takes 24+ hours, even before it is put in the oven.

    I couldn't wait that long for a ciabatta. I'm bad enough at restaraunts waiting for it

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 18:34

    Is it baking day again already?

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 18:38

    Is it baking day again already?

    It is indeed!

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 18:38

    christine's stolen my vevo and replaced it some cooking channel :(

    still, yay for only connect.

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 18:39

    still, yay for only connect.

    And Mrs Coren-Mitchell, your favourite ;)

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 18:39

    And Mrs Coren-Mitchell, your favourite ;)

    shhhhhhhh!

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 18:39

    still, yay for only connect.

    I haven't watched that in ages. I forgot all about it. How did I manage that?

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 18:40

    I haven't watched that in ages. I forgot all about it. How did I manage that?

    They've just finished a series, not 2 weeks ago - we never miss it :)

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 18:45

    They've just finished a series, not 2 weeks ago - we never miss it :)

    I used to watch it all the time. When we had the daily threads it was always discussed. It was very popular here.

    It has been a long time. The last wall I played was the first Children In need one which is number 66 and now there are over 300

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lskhg/features/quiz

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 18:49

    I used to watch it all the time. When we had the daily threads it was always discussed. It was very popular here.

    we haven't watched since we got effectively unlimited sport. hopefully the novelty will have worn off before the next series starts.

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 18:51

    we haven't watched since we got effectively unlimited sport. hopefully the novelty will have worn off before the next series starts.

    We started this series so well and then just lost it somewhere. Darn it.

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 18:51

    We started this series so well and then just lost it somewhere. Darn it.

    we lost it to baseball.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 18:52

    I'm cooking curry for tea. It's not quite baking but it's the next best thing, 'onest.

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 18:53

    I'm cooking curry for tea. It's not quite baking but it's the next best thing, 'onest.

    We've had pizza, which is bread with tomato and cheese after all :)

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 18:53

    We've had pizza, which is bread with tomato and cheese after all :)

    I have plain naan bread, hurrah!

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:01

    Even the BBC2 announcer lady is getting in on the puns.

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:02

    Ooh, I forgot it was all lookalikes.

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:02

    Despite having already eaten too much, I'm blatantly going to be starving by the end of this.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:02

    we lost it to baseball.

    I love that you two are watching baseball.

    To combine sport and baking I have a quiz question. 5 points to the first person to get it right.

    Which English football team got their name because of baking?

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:03

    I am hoping for more Howard awesomeness

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:03

    Which English football team got their name because of baking?

    Aston Vanilla.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:03

    Which English football team got their name because of baking?

    Danny Baker!

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:04

    Aston Vanilla.

    It's good but it's not right

    Danny Baker!

    I know there is a lot of him but he is not a team yet

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:04

    Breadsticks... testy :)

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:04

    Paul's hair shards.

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:05

    It's good but it's not right

    Chelsea Bun FC?

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:05

    spaceman!

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:06

    Chelsea Bun FC?

    Would it help if I said their name is not at all obviously connected to bakery

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:06

    Woohoo Howard is creative!

    #bff

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:07

    Would it help if I said their name is not at all obviously connected to bakery

    Ful(l-of-cake)ham?

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:08

    Would it help if I said their name is not at all obviously connected to bakery

    Greggs FC?

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:08

    Ful(l-of-cake)ham?

    You are very inventive. I will give you that but unfortunately no points

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:08

    You are very inventive. I will give you that but unfortunately no points

    Tottenham Hot-cross-bun-spurs.

    I'm out.

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:08

    Would it help if I said their name is not at all obviously connected to bakery

    arsenal have a half-baked squad.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:08

    Greggs FC?

    Are they a league team? Must be new

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:09

    Are they a league team? Must be new

    they're rising through the leagues quickly.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:09

    Tottenham Hot-cross-bun-spurs.

    I wish that was correct

    arsenal have a half-baked squad.

    But this is the season that they are going to invest. Honestly

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:10

    I hope ruby doesn't cry at everything this weke.

  • Will^ (iPad)27/08/2013 at 19:10

    LT has decided to sleep... :(

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:12

    The first person who put chocolate, mint and ice cream together was a genius

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:12

    Mmmmm. Giant matchsticks.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:13

    How did she have the time to make that?

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:13

    Mmmmm. Giant matchsticks.

    Actual genius.

  • Will^ (iPad)27/08/2013 at 19:13

    I love that oven door'

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:14

    Hehe, glasses steaming up from the oven. Familiar territory

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:14

    Bit of maths there.

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:14

    200!!

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:14

    How can she count them and be 2 short?

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:15

    I don;t think I;'ve had 200 in my life

  • Will^ (iPad)27/08/2013 at 19:15

    Bit of maths there.

    Yey for maths, boo for bad maths ;)

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:15

    Phew, gregg wallace saved one of croftys.

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:15

    Phew, gregg wallace saved one of croftys.

    It was lucky he was looking!

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:15

    burnt matchstick is amazing.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:16

    It was lucky he was looking!

    those masterchefs have eyes everywhere

  • Jen27/08/2013 at 19:16

    Ooooh I like bread! Love the matchsticks, although hope she's not blowtorching them all

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:16

    Ohhhhh, giant matchsticks as in matchsticks for fire. I thought she meant chocolate matchsticks.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:16

    Ohhhhh, giant matchsticks as in matchsticks for fire. I thought she meant chocolate matchsticks.

    As in the elusive sneaky thin cousin of after eights matchsticks.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:16

    Ohhhhh, giant matchsticks as in matchsticks for fire. I thought she meant chocolate matchsticks.

    Chocolate matchsticks in a matchbox?

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:17

    Chocolate matchsticks in a matchbox?

    shhh

  • Jen27/08/2013 at 19:17

    Someone is doing chilli chocolate and ginger

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:17

    Someone is doing chilli chocolate and ginger

    That's the match woman

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:17

    Nigella seeds? You can grow your own Nigella?

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:18

    "Very neat, very precise, very you."

  • Jen27/08/2013 at 19:18

    Mmmmm, reminding me of the amazing bread I had on holiday last year - went out for dinner and pretty much just ate bread

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:18

    Nigella seeds? You can grow your own Nigella?

    Yep. The trouble is you have to wait 20 years till they grow up and you have to look after them all that time

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:18

    All these sticks are amazinf

  • Jen27/08/2013 at 19:19

    That's the match woman

    Oh I see. Bit odd doing sweet (choc/ginger etc) breadsticks. But amazing with the box

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:19

    I want some breadsticks now.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:19

    I want some breadsticks now.

    I want chocolate matchsticks. Damn matchstick lady

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:19

    Rosemary and raisin seems an odd combination.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:20

    What odd breadsticks

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:20

    Baseball in the bake off. The game is finally taking off here

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:21

    Blimey, that girls moods are mad! Tears last time. Euphoric now!

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:21

    Blimey, that girls moods are mad! Tears last time. Euphoric now!

    The Romain Grosjean of moods

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:21

    Sue reminds me of Danny Wallace.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:24

    oooh, slow mo bread.

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:24

    I saw a plaster there.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:25

    Since no-one got anywhere near the football team I am going to give a huge hint. I am going to tell you the name and all you have to do is find the baking connection

    Sheffield Wednesday

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:25

    I saw a plaster there.

    If there was even an F1 Bake Off, you know who would make a good contestant?

    Plaster Maldonadough.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:25

    I had no idea that muffin size was such an issue

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:25

    Sheffield Wednesday

    if was started by a chef?

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:26

    if was started by a chef?

    It was started by bakers

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:26

    Sheffield Wednesday

    Wednesday is the day after Bake Off day. Easy.

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:26

    Plaster Maldonadough.

    :)

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:26

    The Muffin Man? I thought that was George Bluth.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:27

    Wednesday is the day after Bake Off day. Easy.

    Pretty much. It was the only day they could play because of their work. Quite why Wednesdays were less busy for bakers I have no idea

  • Jen27/08/2013 at 19:27

    Sheffield Wednesday

    They eat cake

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:27

    They eat cake

    I am sure they ate it as they baked it

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:27

    It was started by bakers

    cheffield wednesday.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:27

    cheffield wednesday.

    Oh dear.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:29

    In school we had to make muffins and I put self raising flour into mine by accident and left it for too long. I wish I had a photo from that day so you could see the one giant muffin with 12 legs.

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:30

    they're not MUFFINS?!

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:30

    they're not MUFFINS?!

    I agree, i thought they meant chocolate muffins. chocolate is causing a lot of confusion for me tonight

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:31

    they're not MUFFINS?!

    No Red Bull. Besides none of these amateurs sniffed the ingredients

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:31

    Ohhh, Sue!!!

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:31

    Hehehehe!

  • Jen27/08/2013 at 19:31

    I always get confused about muffins and crumpets and pancakes

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:32

    Someone has the evidence already

    https://twitter.com/BritishBakeOff/status/372441205017034752

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:33
  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:33

    Uhoh, this week's teary girl could get more teary... :S

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:33

    So brilliant.

    I think she must have been listening to Mr C

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:34

    she is not having a good week.

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:34

    I think she must have been listening to Mr C

    "put your elbow into it"

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:35

    "put your elbow into it"

    I thought no-one got that

  • Jen27/08/2013 at 19:35

    Uhoh, this week's teary girl could get more teary... :S

    No, pulled it out the bag!

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:36

    I thought no-one got that

    problem with this show, next time i have to cook... i'll be able to :(

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:36

    No, pulled it out the bag!

    I was meaning Lucy...

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:37

    Awesome, even Mel is making puns

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:37

    problem with this show, next time i have to cook... i'll be able to :(

    Haha!!

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:37

    Awesome, even Mel is making puns

    Just saw this fly by on twitter

    Post-doughmatic stress disorder.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:38

    "Here is my loaf of Hovis."

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:38

    Is this challenge the dough-stopper?

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:38

    Haha!!

    i know things now. buns n'stuff.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:38

    i know things now. buns n'stuff.

    We need to get sidepodradio 2 organised so you can prove it

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:39

    We need to get sidepodradio 2 organised so you can prove it

    Volunteer!

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:39

    I've never seen a bread peacock.

    Hell, even a real peacock

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:39

    Volunteer!

    Can it technically happen? If it can I can volunteer loads of people to do shows

  • Jen27/08/2013 at 19:39

    I was meaning Lucy...

    Oh thought you meant Ruby. She is doing much better this week

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:40

    Can it technically happen? If it can I can volunteer loads of people to do shows

    not yet. waiting for apple to release something. well anything really.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:40

    Hell, even a real peacock

    I have seen a real one but never heard of a bread peacock. That sounds like a peacock sandwich

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:40

    Picasso!

    I think I would make a tardis bread.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:40

    not yet. waiting for apple to release something. well anything really.

    well anything really doesn't sound massively optimistic

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:41

    This week is really not going right for that lady

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:42

    well anything really doesn't sound massively optimistic

    all our equipment desperately needs replacing. they can't/won't/haven't announced any new stuff for aaaaages.

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:42

    That's a collection of tools for the spaceman!

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:42

    he's turned up with a carpentry set.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:42

    I just figured out who the woman with the blue and white top reminds me of. Melissa Porter

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:42

    'escuse me?!

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:42

    Paul the psychic octopus :)

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:43

    Well he didn't see being eaten as a loaf of bread coming.

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:44

    what the...?

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:44

    Sweet and savoury in the same bread? Ambitious.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:44

    White chocolate and apricot and chicken tikka?

    What kind of combination is that?

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:45

    That yin-&-yang bread could either go really well or really badly (or maybe a bit of both)

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:45

    Oh look. a thing.

  • Mr C27/08/2013 at 19:45

    Oh look. a thing.

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:45

    Oh look. a thing.

    I'm using that.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:46

    That's a snazzy thermometor.

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:46

    That's a snazzy thermometor.

    #want

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:47

    One of my colleagues almost got shot in an Indian airport because he had one of those thermometers in his bag and two soldiers thought it was a weapon

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:47

    That's not how an oven works.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:47

    #want

    You can buy them on ebay for a feww pounds.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:48

    I like the bits where they watch the oven

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:48

    I hope that tomato bread is a stroke of genius...

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:48

    Cephalopod surely he means CephaloPaul

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:48

    I hope that tomato bread is a stroke of genius...

    it sounds pretty rubbish so far but I don't want to say anything as she's done everything else wrong today so far and I feel bad

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:49

    Hehehe, he's forgotten which side is sweet. I would so do that.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:49

    Jeez, they really have it in for her

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:50

    it sounds pretty rubbish so far but I don't want to say anything as she's done everything else wrong today so far and I feel bad

    I'm just hoping for her that her own yeast mix and use on tomato liqueur has made her loaf the best thing since sliced bread.

  • Jen27/08/2013 at 19:50

    it sounds pretty rubbish so far but I don't want to say anything as she's done everything else wrong today so far and I feel bad

    It just looks like a loaf of bread - not really a showstopper. Oh dear.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:51

    Looks like it's wrapped up

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:52

    Paul is such a tease.

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:52

    It is so pleasing when ridiculous combination work :D

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 19:52

    The sun bread looks like it came of Valentino Rossi's helmet

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:53

    Looks like theyre leaving tomato nread till last...

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:53

    *bread

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:53

    Match lady has done well today.

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:53

    That knot is very cleaver - v jealous.

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:53

    I'm very confused by that bread

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:57

    Quite the turn around for Ruby

  • Jen27/08/2013 at 19:58

    Wow - rubbish last week to star baker this week!

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 19:58

    Ruby is definitely a bread baker more than a cake baker

  • Jen27/08/2013 at 19:58

    Oh I wonder who?!

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:58

    Yeah, not a good week for her really...

  • Lukeh27/08/2013 at 19:59

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Dessert¬

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 19:59

    Definitely getting the snacks in for next week then.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 20:00

    Desserts next week so no-one should be stressed

  • Will^27/08/2013 at 20:00

    V hungry now

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 20:01

    I didn't think I could get into a baking program but it is amazing what live commenting can do

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 20:03

    I didn't think I could get into a baking program but it is amazing what live commenting can do

    Yay!

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 20:03

    Thanks for the comments again, my food-loving friends.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 20:05

    Yay!

    Doesn't mean I will ever bake

  • Christine27/08/2013 at 20:09

    Doesn't mean I will ever bake

    You don't have to bake. Bakers need people to eat their wares too.

  • Steven Roy27/08/2013 at 20:11

    You don't have to bake. Bakers need people to eat their wares too.

    I can do that