Mixing) + Heat = Baking." -Alton Brown
On the back of "The Great
British Bake Off", we have this homegrown version, with one of their
best judges, one of our best judges, and some guy who's in-between
seasons of "The American Bible Challenge". They've scoured the country
for America's best amateur bakers, who'll compete in three different
- Signature Bake: a trusted
recipe they've cooked for family and friends.
- Technical Bake: the same surprise recipe for all of the bakers, but
with missing instructions
- The Showstoppers: the last chance to wow the judges.
Judging all three: cookbook
author and former food editor of Bon Appetit, Food Network star Marcela
Valladolid, and one of Britain's premiere bakers, from "The Great
British Bake Off", Paul (yes that's his real name) Hollywood.
In the end, one of our
bakers will end up $250,000 and a cookbook deal with Simon & Schuster
richer for their wares. The rest of them are just going to end up
covered in chocolate, sugar, flour, fruit, fat, and FAIL!
Our competitors are on their
way to Jeff's hometown of Atlanta, GA. Also where the compiler's sister
matriculated from Agnes Scott College (class of 95, thank you very
much). Our competitors are...
- Whitney Appleton Beery (21; Lubbock, TX; college
- Kolette Biddle (30; Norco, CA; home health care
- Francine Bryson (44; Pickens, SC)
- Jeremy Cross (35; San Diego; firefighter)
- Brian Emmett (43; Itasca, IL; owner of a
- Elaine Francisco (63; Claremont, CA; retired)
- Carlo Fuda (35; Stamford, CT; social marketing
- Darlene Pawlukowsky (51; Johns Creek, GA; project
- James Reddick (26; Hollywood; photographer)
- Effie D. Sahihi (40; Hendersonville, TN; attorney)
Today's challenge... Pie.
Your personal spin on the
great American pie. You have two hours to piece together your pies. The
best pies have the best base with crumbed flour and butter together,
then chilled. Easy. They also have the best fillings and the best
filling-to-dough ratio. You can't have the soggy bottom from the
filling. You can counteract soggy bottom by blind-baking your pie shell,
putting your bottom in the oven and baking it for about 15 to 20
Jeremy: Sweet Potato Pie
James: Mile High Apple Pie
Whitney: Lemon Pie with Meringue
Brian: Pecan Pie with Chocolate & Bourbon
Elaine: Peach Cobbler Pie
Francine: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Pie (C-Note: Paul's NEVER eaten
chocolate covered bacon before)
Carlo: Italian Easter Pie
Effie: Apple Quince Rose Pie
Kolette: Chocolate Hazelnut Pie
Darlene: Sweet Potato Pie
Carlo's pie has soggy
bottom, while James' crust wins the judges over. Whitney's bottom is
soggy, but it's "just okay". Elaine's pie is under. Effie's pie looks
professional. Darlene's Sweet Potato Pie outdoes Jeremy's, which is a
little simple with nutmeg overpowering. But the bacon pie... is a big
TECHNICAL BAKE: Freestanding
You will be given the same
ingredients, but very limited amount of information as to how to combine
them. They will judge based on the finished product only.
Today's technical bake is a
freestanding savory meat pie... It's very British. It's a hot-water
crust pastry with Paul Hollywood's personal recipe. You need to mix
milk, water, and shortening together with boiling water. The warm dough
needs to be thinned out before it cools, otherwise it become flaky and
hard to manage. If too much dough is used, the pastry will not bake
through. Too little, and the pie will collapse.
You have two hours to figure
From worst to best...
SHOW STOPPER: Sweet Tartlets
You have to make 36 sweet
tartlets. You have three hours to do so.
Carlo, Jeremy, and Whitney
need to step their game up.
Francine: Chocolate Cherry
Carlo: Calabrese "Pite" Tartlet
Brian: Raspberry & Dark Chocolate Tartlet
Elaine: Lemon Ginger Tartlets
Jeremy: Blueberry, Kiwi, Mango Tartlet
That was just a sampling
from people who need to step up. One baker will be a Star Baker. Another
will be sent home. As a reminder, Brian, Francine, and Elaine won the
three challenges... but the Star Baker this week... FRANCINE!
But who will be sent home?
It's a baker who was technically flawed all throughout the
competition... And that would be... CARLO. Jeremy had potential, he just
messed up on time management. Carlo, on the other hand, was just messed
up all around.
Next week, the flour
continues to fly...
To see this episode, as well as recipes from the dishes served on this
episode, go to www.cbs.com/bake.