Paul left Bake Off but makes two sponges in the nick of time

Paul Jagger left the Great British Bake Off

Paul Jagger left the Great British Bake Off - Credit: Archant

Prison governor Paul Jagger left the Bake Off tent last night amid a whiff of banana extract and the debris from a collapsing tower made from chocolate eclairs.

Prison governor Paul Jagger left the Bake Off tent last night amid a whiff of banana extract and after clearing up the debris from a collapsing tower made from chocolate eclairs.

It was patisserie week and the signature challenge was cream horns. Paul and Mary made it very clear that the cream had to go all the way down to the bottom. Ian, with his usual deadpan face, said “not much can go wrong with them” which proved to be the kiss of death when the judges told him “he really got it wrong”. Paul’s were “disappointing” and Flora struggled with her flavours, but Nadiya’s were “beautiful”.

The technical challenge was reasonably straightforward - well if you know how to make a genoese sponge that is - and unfortunately Paul didn’t. To his credit, he did make two sponges in the allotted time, but nothing could save him or his iced mochatines. Ian’s were raw, Tamal’s were uneven, Flora’s were overbaked and Nadiya’s were almost perfect, putting her in pole position.

The showstopper was again one of those ridiculous looking and sounding creations that no-one will ever make, but Mary Berry assures us is a well known party centrepiece, the Religieuse a L’ancienne, roughly translated as a nun made from chocolate eclairs!


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Several of the showstoppers collapsed before they even reached the judge’s table and when Paul was told his tasted “like rubber” and the icing ran out the bottom we knew it was time for him to head back home with his banana extract.

Nadiya was crowned star baker again and she looks stronger each week as her self belief and confidence grow. Flora seems to be hanging on by a thread, but next week is chocolate week so anything could happen, and probably will.

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