The fun! The fondant! The faces! There are only two episodes left, so let's savour every moment while we can
GBBO fans, the end is nigh! Or if not quite nigh, definitely hovering on the horizon like a just-set flan.
Before we know it, we'll be saying farewell to the baking tent of TV dreams and hello to our electric blankets instead. But let's not dwell on how depressing nights in will be on a Wednesday post-Bake Off! Instead, let's feast on the bounty of hilarious moments the show has provided so far …
Tamal's special sandwich
While other bakers created vol-au-vents inspired by their families, childhood or whatever, a misty-eyed Tamal proved once and for all that he deserves the title of Thinking Viewer's Crumpet by making pastry inspired by one of the biggest loves of his life: a pulled pork sandwich.
"It was one of the top two sandwiches of my life," he sighed. "I think about that sandwich a lot."
And now, so do we.
Ugne's fondant baby
"Be creative!" they say. "Give us a showstopper!" they say. So you pour your heart and soul into making a pair of chubby baby's legs out of marshmallow fondant, and what do they say? "Garish". There's just no pleasing some people.
He may have turned out raw pastry and hard plums, but if there's one thing you could say about the heart-meltingly apologetic Alvin, it's that he always tried really, really hard. So hard.
Like, accidentally-fed-the-five-thousand-during-bread-week hard.
He always tried so hard … except when he didn't
Hey, crafting is bang on-trend.
When Mary really, really loved Tamal's pun
Ask yourself honestly, when was the last time you were this happy about anything?
Nadiya's face of fear
Ahh, Nadiya. The face that launched a thousand gifs. We'd happily watch an hour of all Nadiya's expressions spliced together with happy music over the top, but this was the pinnacle. The moment her glorious gurning evolved into something else entirely: it became art.
Or pop art, at least. Andy Warhol, eat your heart out.
Flora's aga saga
"At home we have an aga," she revealed, and we felt the nation collectively turn to each other and go, "Ooooooo-ooooh, hark at her." She can protest about cold Scottish winters all likes, but Flora's episode one revelation meant that no matter how many home-reared guinea fowl eggs Ian brought in, she would forever be remembered as the tent posho.
You should have just owned it, Flora! Put diamonds in your sponge cake! Short of turning up this week with a Gregg's carrier bag singing My Old Man's A Dustman, there's really not much you can do about it now.
Paul's itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny fondant lady in a bikini
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Mary never covered fondant gussets in her school home economics classes (which is a shame, they could have come in handy during fabric rationing), but this is 2015. Times have changed. These days if our pudding doesn't come with a shapely pink lady's calf made of icing, we're practically disappointed*.
"Rounded, squishy, full of sugar … hang on, I am bikini body ready!" was the jubilant cry from the sofas of the nation as Paul tenderly rolled his icing sunbather to life. You can almost imagine her meeting a sticky end in a summery version of The Snowman.
*Never a baby's leg, sorry Ugne. That's obviously completely different.
Mat's superior pun skills
Congrats, Mat. Moist cake and dry wit, that's the way to the nation's heart!
Sandy's tin-foil talents
Why would you use an angle grinder to make a perfect metal mould for your flower-shaped bread when you could follow Sandy's lead, scrunch up some tin foil and put your feet up for half an hour's kip? Why would you even bother?
Of course, Sandy went home the following week while Ian was star baker for the third time in a row, but that's completely beside the point. "It's … artisan." YOU TELL 'EM, SAND!
Also, when Sandy did this
You think it – but Sandy does it. That's why we loved her.
They'll be copying that wobble in the clubs before long.
We miss you, Sandy.