On your marks … get set … bake!
Ah, The Great British Bake Off.
If you ever needed confirmation of why we love Paul, Mary and those chirpy home bakers, just look at how many key life skills they've taught us ...
The first technical challenge of this year’s series was all about the sinking cherries: some bakers washed, some dried, and some floured, but few succeeded.
Never EVER take someone’s pud out of the freezer
Our baking beliefs were shaken to their very foundations by the great baked alaska meltdown.
Diana Bear, aka the alleged ice-cream villain, removed Iain Watters’ baked alaska from the freezer while it was setting in the showstopper challenge. The bearded builder stormed out in a melted mess and sulked on a nearby hill – before being booted off the show and causing a national outcry.
Or mess with their custard, for that matter ...
This was a crime that also got the nation talking and trended on Twitter last year: the day contestant Howard Middleton became the victim of custard theft at the hands of fellow baker Deborah. “Custardgate” was a more than trifling disaster.
Caramel and grapes are a thing
We know we've said this before but dipping grapes in caramel is pure genius. We’ll be stealing that idea – thanks, Chetna.
Soggy bottoms should be punished by law
Well, that’s if Mary Berry had her way. The Queen of Cakes' disappointed look at the slightest hint of undercooked pastry is enough to make anyone hang up their apron.
Mary Berry rocks a bomber
Who didn’t consider swinging by Zara after Bezza sported that floral jacket? Or the neon number for that matter …
Those triple tested recipes go wrong. A lot.
If you utter the words "family favourite" you might as well just give your bake the kiss of death. Those recipes that have been passed down for generations have a habit of sinking, drying up, or getting acquainted with the floor in the presence of Paul and Mary.
Sitting in front of an oven looking anxious is a lot more dramatic than some people think
Britain is the only country in the world that would sit in front of the TV and snigger for an hour over cream buns puffing up in the oven.
Substance over style (or is it the other way around?)
Last year’s Bake Off champion, Frances Quinn, and her cakes were accused on a weekly basis of lacking taste. Well, those breadsticks masquerading as matchsticks showed you, Mary and Paul (oh, and taking the GBBO crown too).