Great British Baking Show season 14 episode 2: Biscuit Week

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2023 © Love Productions/Channel 4/Photographer: Mark Bourdillon
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2023 © Love Productions/Channel 4/Photographer: Mark Bourdillon /

Great British Baking Show was back for episode 2, and it’s Biscuit Week! Once again, it seems like the show is getting back to its roots. They didn’t try to reinvent the wheel or do another horrifying week where they think they can represent a culture in one episode. They stuck to very British desserts, and it was charming and cozy.

Also, Noel’s sweaters are perfection, and Allison continues to be a perfect addition to the show. She actually eats what the bakers make, which is exactly what I would do if I ever got near that tent.

First up, the Signature Challenge! The bakers had to make marshmallow biscuits. This seems relatively simple, but with the amount of shapes, sizes, and flavors they could choose from, the results were all very different. The flavors included everything from pistachio and rose to cherries and raspberries.

While the judges would probably beg to differ, they all looked pretty freaking delicious to me. Although, there were a few that were underbaked. And while there is technically no winner of the Signature Challenge, Tasha got a Hollywood Handshake for her Australian-inspired chocolate malt biscuits!

Great British Baking Show celebrates biscuits this week

On to the dreaded Technical Challenge! This week, the bakers had to make custard cremes. I had to look these up, but they are pretty much a sandwich cookie. Like Keebler’s. The bakers were definitely challenged on this one. The cookie cutter they had to use was not cooperating at all (as Saku noted: it was “rubbish.”), and according to the judging, most of the bakers did not leave their cookies in the oven long enough.

But who came out on top? It was Abbi! Her custard cremes did look ridiculously delicious!

Finally, the Showstopper Challenge! This time, the bakers had to create a feast out of cookies. They could make whatever food they wanted, but it had to be made out of cookies and look like what it was supposed to be. There were hamburgers, dim sum, katsu, charcuterie boards, sandwiches, ice cream cones, and more.

Overall, the bakers really shined in this challenge. Josh and Tasha were in the top two, with Tasha taking the Star Baker spot! She has quickly become one of my favorites.

But who was sent home? That was Keith. This was just not his day. He had a messy Signature, was middle of the road for the Technical, and his Showstopper could have been better. It was either him or Nicky, but Nicky was saved to bake another day.

Next week, it will be the infamous Bread Week. Paul Hollywood will be as picky as ever, but hopefully, there will be a handshake or two!

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