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Great British Bake Off semi final – Episode 9, Series 5: French Week

Daisy Wyatt

Bake Off bid adieu to Beca this week as the Welsh Military Wife crumbled in the semi-final with her unrefined bakes.

Becas canapes including stilton macaroons Great British Bake Off semi final   Episode 9, Series 5: French Week

Beca's canapes, including stilton macaroons

Her Glenn-like love of super-sized portions finally got the better of her, and the judges were unimpressed with her Opera Cake and pastry canapes. Adding beetroot juice to her choux pastry in the signature challenge sounded sophisticated, but Mary and Paul said her canapes didn’t have the “wow factor”. Mary cuttingly added: “I’m not finding them memorable”. The show’s editors gave the game away on the showstopper challenge, when a close-up of the judges’ appalled faces as she revealed her bannoffee Opera Cake indicated all too soon that it wasn’t going to be a winner. The artificial taste of the banana and lack of varied textures throughout the layers did not live up to Bake Off final standards.

Rubys goats cheese and caramelised onion choux pastry Great British Bake Off semi final   Episode 9, Series 5: French Week

Ruby's goats cheese and caramelised onion choux pastry

Ruby looked just about as likely to be sent home going into the final judging. She forgot to line her glass bowl with cling film on the Charlotte Royale technical bake, leaving her swiss rolls smeared with jam. For once I really did feel upset for her, as something quite bad had genuinely gone wrong. She was also in tears at the end, although unlike Beca, even before the results were read out. And the downhearted mood continued as she admitted she was sure somewhere “deep down” she was happy to be in the final, it just hadn’t hit her yet.

Frances vegetable canapes including cauliflower scones Great British Bake Off semi final   Episode 9, Series 5: French Week

Frances' 'vegetable' canapes, including cauliflower scones

The news had evidently hit Frances, as the cunning editors immediately cut away from Ruby lamenting her success to Frances cheerily shrieking “Oh my god, oh my god, I’m in the final!” The clothes designer impressed this week with her ’soap opera’ cake, a clever play on traditional soap flavours lemon and lavender. While the judges praised its appearance, they did warn- as always- that some of the flavours were lost and she risked style over substance. It’s becoming all too predictable now, although the judges could not stop praising her ‘vegetable’ canapes at the beginning, with Paul saying they were “lovely, lovely, lovely- magical”.

Kimberleys lime and passion fruit opera cake Great British Bake Off semi final   Episode 9, Series 5: French Week

Kimberley's lime and passion fruit opera cake

Kimberley’s levels of smugness will not doubt inflate even more after being named star baker this week. I was disappointed to see she had gone back to her self-congratulatory ways, but nevertheless she did produce some “scrummy” treats. She excelled with her canapes in the signature bake, and came first in the technical for her beautiful (if not heinously 70s) Charlotte Royale, which was packed to the brim and served perfectly. Her lime and passion fruit opera cake let her down slightly, as the bitterness of the chocolate overpowered the other ingredients. But Mary liked the variety of layers, even if she was sniffy about the “rather modern” polka dot decoration.

Frances Soap Opera cake Great British Bake Off semi final   Episode 9, Series 5: French Week

Frances' 'Soap Opera' cake

It’s Kimberley, Ruby and Frances in the final, and after seeing a sneak-peak tonight I’m dying to know who wins. It looks like they have to craft some sort of wedding cake and a lattice pie. All will be revealed next week, j’espere.

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