The Great British Bake Off (series 9)
The ninth series of The Great British Bake Off began on 28 August 2018, with this being the second series to be broadcast on Channel 4. The series is presented by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. This series saw a few changes to the usual format: the first episode being Biscuit Week (the previous 8 series began with a Cake Week), the documentary inserts were dropped, and the Final included the competitors doing a technical challenge outside the tent for the first time.
|The Great British Bake Off (series 9)|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Original release||28 August –|
30 October 2018
The series was won by Rahul Mandal, with Kim-Joy Hewlett and Ruby Bhogal as the runners-up.
|Briony Williams||33||Full-time parent||Bristol|
|Dan Beasley-Harling||36||Full-time parent||London|
|Imelda McCarron||33||Countryside recreation officer||County Tyrone|
|Jon Jenkins||47||Blood courier||Newport|
|Karen Wright||60||In-store sampling assistant||Wakefield|
|Kim-Joy Hewlett||27||Mental health specialist||Leeds|
|Luke Thompson||30||Civil servant/house and techno DJ||Sheffield|
|Manon Lagrève||26||Software project manager||London|
|Rahul Mandal||30||Research scientist||Rotherham|
|Ruby Bhogal||29||Project manager||London|
|Terry Hartill||56||Retired air steward||West Midlands|
[a] Terry was ill and unable to compete in episode 4, but the bakers agreed he should return to the competition the following week. At the end of episode 4, the judges decided it was unfair to eliminate anyone in Terry's absence. Consequently, two bakers were eliminated the following week.
- Baker was one of the judges' least favourite bakers that week, but was not eliminated.
- Baker was one of the judges' favourite bakers that week, but was not the Star Baker.
- Baker got through to the next round.
- Baker did not compete that week.
- Baker was eliminated.
- Baker was the Star Baker.
- Baker was a series runner-up.
- Baker was the series winner.
- Baker eliminated
- Star Baker
Episode 1: Biscuits
Breaking with tradition, this year the series kicked off with Biscuits week. For the first challenge of the series, the bakers were tasked to bake 24 regional biscuits that needed to be all identical, and said something about them and a place in the British Isles. For the first technical challenge of this series, they are tasked to make one of Paul's childhood favourites - Wagon Wheels. Finally, for the showstopper, the bakers had to create a spectacular 3D biscuit self-portrait that needed to be constructed with layers of biscuits and judged while placed upright on an easel stand.
(24 Regional Biscuits)
(8 Wagon Wheels)
(3D Biscuit Self-Portrait)
|Antony||Turmeric and Caraway Goosnargh Cakes||12th||"Kilimanjaro Selfie"|
|Briony||Apple Cider Empire Biscuits||2nd||"Bristol Biscuit Selfie"|
|Dan||Lemon and Strawberry Shrewsburys||4th||"New Dad in Palm Springs"|
|Imelda||Cherry and White Chocolate Oatmeal Biscuits||11th||"Seaside Selfie"|
|Jon||Aberffraw 'Creams'||5th||"A Sailing Selfie by the Sea"|
|Karen||Yorkshire Perkins||6th||Rosewater and Cardamom "Holiday Selfie"|
|Kim-Joy||Orange Blossom York Biscuits||10th||"Me at Miyajima Shrine"|
|Luke||Yorkshire Gingernuts||8th||"What Happens In Vegas...!"|
|Manon||Hazelnut Cornish Shortbread||3rd||Matcha and White Chocolate Ganache Japanese Selfie|
|Rahul||Fennel and Coconut Pitcaithly Bannock||7th||"First Spring in the UK"|
|Ruby||Masala Chai Devon Flats||1st||"Gingerbread Marathon Selfie"|
|Terry||Lake District Ginger Shortbread||9th||"Brandy Snap Selfie"|
Episode 2: Cakes
For their signature bakes, the bakers were required to create a traybake sliced into 16 identical pieces. The technical challenge was set by Prue, which featured a cake with an unusual ingredient: Le gâteau vert, one of French painter Claude Monet's favourite birthday treats. The cake featured a pistachio genoise sponge sandwiched by a pistachio Crème au Beurre and covered by a green fondant coloured by spinach. For the showstopper, the bakers were required to create a technically demanding chocolate collar cake, featuring at least two tiers.
(Le Gâteau Vert)
(Chocolate Collar Cake)
|Antony||Cardamom and Coconut Burfi Traybake||9th||Pistachio, Saffron and Rose Cake|
|Briony||Turron and Orange Traybake||5th||Chocolate Fudge and Salted Caramel Creation|
|Dan||Black Forest Slice||3rd||Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Birthday Cake|
|Jon||Lemon Meringue Traybake||1st||Hawaiian Shirt Pina Colada Cake|
|Karen||Almond and Marzipan Traybake with Rhubarb Jam||11th||Strawberry Fayre Chocolate Cake|
|Kim-Joy||Pandan Chiffon Cake with Palm Sugar Cream||4th||Yuzu and Raspberry Genoise Cat Cake|
|Luke||Lemon and Poppy Seed Traybake||7th||Raspberry and White Chocolate Collar Cake|
|Manon||Rosemary and Honey Traybake||6th||Almond Princess Cake|
|Rahul||Lemon and Cardamom Traybake||2nd||Chocolate Orange Layer Cake|
|Ruby||Boozy Black Forest Traybake||10th||Chocolate Orange "Jackson Pollock" Collar Cake|
|Terry||Rum and Raisin Traybake||8th||Champagne and Strawberries Eiffel Tower Collar Cake|
Episode 3: Bread
For their signature bakes, the bakers were required to create a British classic: 12 Chelsea buns. For their technical challenge, using Paul's recipe, the bakers were tasked to make a batch of 8 non-yeasted garlic naan breads, brushed with garlic ghee and topped with coriander, in only one hour. Finally, for their 5-hour showstopper, the bakers were tasked to create a three-tiered Korovai, which will be elaborately decorated for their chosen celebratory occasion. Most of the bakers had chosen the traditional wedding theme.
(12 Chelsea Buns)
(8 Non-Yeasted Garlic Naan Breads)
|Antony||Decadent Breakfast Chelsea Buns||8th||Chocolate and Orange Adventure Korovai|
|Briony||Balsamic Strawberry Chelsea Buns||9th||Happily Ever After Korovai|
|Dan||Sticky Spiced Orange Chelsea Buns||6th||Wedding Korovai|
|Jon||Cardiff City vs Chelsea Buns||2nd||Korovai Dydd Dewi Sant|
|Karen||Peak District Christmas Chelsea Buns||5th||French Breakfast Wedding Korovai|
|Kim-Joy||Pistachio and Cardamom Tangzhong Chelsea Buns||10th||Orange, Cinnamon and Cranberry 'Kit-ovai'|
|Manon||Apricot, Cranberry and Marzipan Chai Chelsea Buns||3rd||Fabergé Inspired Traditional Korovai|
|Rahul||Mango and Cranberry Chelsea Buns||4th||Garden Wedding Korovai|
|Ruby||Gujarela Chelsea Buns with Dates, Almonds and Raisins||7th||Mama and Papa's Belated Wedding Korovai|
|Terry||Tangy Citrus Sticky Chelsea Buns||1st||Garden Korovai|
Episode 4: Desserts
At the start of this episode, it was announced that Terry was not able to compete this week due to illness. But, with the agreement of all, he would be allowed to come back to the competition the following week. For their signature bakes, the bakers were required to create a meringue roulade. For their technical challenge, using Prue's recipe, the bakers were tasked to produce a raspberry blancmange served with 12 Langues de Chat biscuits. For their showstoppers, the bakers were tasked to create a spectacular melting chocolate ball dessert: a chocolate sphere which would be melted away with a hot sauce, revealing the dessert hidden inside. After the three challenges, Briony and Karen were the two bakers left at the bottom. However, nobody was eliminated this week, as the judges deemed it would be unfair to send anyone home with Terry's absence. However, this meant two bakers would be eliminated the following week.
(Raspberry Blancmange with 12 Langues du Chat biscuits)
(Melting Chocolate Ball Dessert)
|Briony||Treacle Tart Roulade||5th||Blood Orange & Amaretto Sticky Toffee Sphere|
|Dan||Florida Roulade||1st||Dan and the Giant Peach|
|Jon||Mango and Passion Fruit Roulade||3rd||Lucy and Hannah's Ballet Cake|
|Karen||Coffee Cream and Praline Roulade||7th||Chateau Du Chambord Framboise|
|Kim-Joy||'Sweet Dreams' Roulade||6th||Melting Chocolate Galaxy|
|Manon||Amarene and Kirsch Cherry Roulade||8th||White Chocolate Renaissance Surprise|
|Rahul||Rhubarb and Custard Roulade||4th||Opera Cake with Kalash Inspired Dome|
|Ruby||Pina Colada Roulade||2nd||Chocolate Egg|
|Terry||Did not compete|
Episode 5: Spice
For the signature challenge, the bakers were tasked to bake a ginger cake. For the technical challenge, using Paul's recipe, the bakers must create a batch of 12 Ma'amoul, an ancient pastry from the Middle East that none of the bakers had heard of. In the batch, 6 of the ma'amoul must be filled with walnuts and shaped with a mould, and the other 6 must be filled with a date paste and decorated by pinching the dough with ma'amoul tongs. For their showstoppers, the bakers were tasked to create a beautiful, gravity-defying spiced biscuit chandelier. Prue was unwell during the showstoppers round, and as a result, Paul was left as the solo judge.
(Spiced Biscuit Chandelier)
|Briony||Honey and Apricot Ginger Cake||6th||Turmeric Latte Chandelier|
|Dan||Ginger and Lemon Drip Cake||2nd||Birthday Kaleidoscope for Constance|
|Jon||Family Christmas Ginger Cake||7th||Birthday Chandelier for Emily's 21st|
|Karen||Bonfire Night Ginger Cake||9th||Pontefract Girls' School Reunion|
|Kim-Joy||Stem Ginger Cake with Poached Pears||4th||Christmas Spiced Ice Chandelier|
|Manon||Italian Meringue Ginger Cake||5th||Art Deco Spiced Biscuit Chandelier|
|Rahul||Bonfire Night Caramel Ginger Cake||3rd||Durga Puja Cardamom Chandelier|
|Ruby||Jamaican Me Crazy Ginger Cake||1st||Peacock Chandelier|
|Terry||Caramelised Pear and Stem Ginger Cake||8th||12 Days of Christmas Chandelier|
Episode 6: Pastry
For the signature challenge, the bakers were tasked to make 12 samosas, in which 6 must be savoury and the other 6 must be sweet. The samosas must also be served with a dip to complement them. The technical challenge was set by Prue, and the bakers were required to make 6 Puits d'amour, meaning "well of love". For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were tasked to create a shaped banquet pie that would be beautifully decorated enough to act as a centrepiece at a Tudor's banquet.
(6 Puits d'amour)
(Shaped Banquet Pie)
|Briony||Home Comforts||1st||"Down the Rabbit Hole" Banquet Pie|
|Dan||Festive Samosas||6th||Salmon Coulibiac|
|Jon||A Romantic Dinner For Two, Samosa Style||2nd||Welsh Dragon Pie|
|Kim-Joy||Flavours of India||5th||Silke the Vegetarian Mermaid|
|Manon||Samosas for Mum||4th||"What Has Poppy Eaten?"|
|Rahul||Paneer Singara and Misti Singara||3rd||Butterfly Pie|
|Ruby||Traditional Samosas||7th||Kohinoor Crown|
Episode 7: Vegan
The remaining six bakers were required in the signature challenge to make eight savoury vegan tartlets of two different fillings using shortcrust pastry that contained no butter or eggs. For the technical challenge, using Prue's recipe, the bakers were tasked to make a vegan tropical fruit pavlova using aquafaba in place of egg whites to create the meringue. For the showstopper, the bakers were tasked to create a beautiful vegan celebratory cake.
(8 Savoury Vegan Tartlets)
(Vegan Tropical Fruit Pavlova)
(Vegan Celebratory Cake)
|Briony||French Onion Tartlets and Celeriac & Apple Tartlets||5th||Hazelnut Mocha Cake|
|Jon||Garlic Mushroom Tartlets and Falafel & Hummus Tartlets||4th||Only Fools Eat Horses Cake|
|Kim-Joy||Broccoli & Tomato Quiches and Mascarpone Squirrel Tartlets||6th||Lavender & Lemon Fox Cake|
|Manon||Summer & Winter Tartlets||2nd||Spiced Apple Cake|
|Rahul||Coriander Posto & Veg Tartlets and Ghugni Chaat Tartlets||1st||Chocolate & Coconut Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam|
|Ruby||Sage & Butternut Tartlets and 'Cheesy Greens' Tartlets||3rd||Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Cake|
Episode 8: Danish
In the quarterfinal signature challenge, the final five bakers were tasked to make a rye bread and make two types of Smørrebrød using it. For the technical challenge, the bakers were instructed to make 14 Æbleskiver containing a cinnamon and apple filling, and served with a strawberry jam dipping sauce. For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a kagemand or a kagekone, a traditional Danish birthday cake made from Danish pastry that resemble a boy or a girl. The bakers' kagemand/kagekone must be based on someone the bakers recognised and they must use at least three different confectionery making skills within it.
|Briony||Spanish & West Country Smørrebrød||1st||Nana Pat Kagekone|
|Kim-Joy||Bumblebee Eggs & Fish Smørrebrød||2nd||Off to the Opera Kagekone|
|Manon||Cheese and Fruit Smørrebrød||4th||Birthday Girl Kagekone|
|Rahul||Smoked Salmon & Roasted Vegetable Smørrebrød||5th||Indian King Kagemand|
|Ruby||Post-Gym Smørrebrød||3rd||Sister Kagekone|
Episode 9: Pâtisserie (semi-final)
In the Pâtisserie semifinal signature challenge, the bakers were tasked to make 24 dipped Madeleines in two designs and flavours, in 90 minutes. For the technical challenge, the bakers tackled Prue's complex recipe for Torta Setteveli, a seven-layered cake containing two light chocolate genoise sponges, hazelnut bavarois, crunchy praline base and a chocolate mousse, topped with a chocolate mirror glaze, to be completed in four 1/2 hours. For the penultimate showstopper challenge, the bakers created a Parisian pâtisserie window containing 36 pâtisserie in three types: choux pastry, pate sucree and puff pastry mille-feuille, in five hours.
(Parisian Pâtisserie Window)
|Briony||Mojito Madeleines and Espresso Martini Madeleines||3rd||British Tea to French Pâtisserie Window|
(Lemon Drizzle Éclairs, Coffee & Walnut Mille-Feuilles and Black Forest Tartlets)
|Kim-Joy||Ginger and Lemon Madeleines and Orange Bunny Madeleines||2nd||Flavourite Flavours Window Display|
(Lemon & Blueberry Mille-Feuilles, Orange Religieuses and Mango & Passion Fruit Meringue Tartlets)
|Rahul||Lemon and Raspberry Madeleines and Orange Curd Madeleines||4th||Classic Tribute to Pâtisserie Window|
(Lemon & Blueberry Mille-Feuilles, Caramel Éclairs, Classic Fruit Tartlets)
|Ruby||Pick Your Own Madeleines||1st||Parisian Un Bouquet de Fleurs Window Display|
(Summer Mille-Feuilles, Chocolate & Hazelnut Saint-Honorés and Lemon Verbena Tartlets)
Episode 10: Final
For the final signature challenge, the last three bakers were tasked to make 12 iced doughnuts of two types, in which one type must be filled doughnuts and the other must be ring doughnuts, in three hours. For the technical challenge there was another Bake Off first, where the bakers were asked to carry out the challenge outside the tent. Using Paul's recipe, the bakers must create 6 pita breads in 90 minutes, to be served with three different dips: baba ghanoush, smoked garlic salsa verde and burnt pepper salsa, using the open campfire set up outside. For the final showstopper, the bakers must create an incredible landscape dessert with at least three different elements within it, in four and a half hours. During the showstopper, one of Rahul's storage glass jar exploded under the intense heat, which resulted in shards of broken glass shattered all over his bench and potentially contaminated his bakes. This required cleaning up from the production team. As a result, he was given an extra 15 minutes for the challenge.
(12 Iced Doughnuts)
(6 Campfire Pita Breads)
|Kim-Joy||Amaretto Diplomat Filled Doughnuts and Lemon Ring Doughnuts||1st||Lost City of Atlantis Dessert Landscape|
|Rahul||Mango Créme Pâtissière Filled Doughnuts and Spiced Orange Ring Doughnuts||2nd||Edible Rock Garden|
|Ruby||Dulce De Leche Filled Doughnuts and Raspberry & Cardamom Ring Doughnuts||3rd||Magical Edible Landscape|
The two holiday specials will each feature four returning contestants from the series 5–8.
The Great Festive Bake Off featured the return of winner Candice Brown (Series 7), Steven Carter-Bailey (Series 8), Tamal Ray (Series 6) and Kate Henry (Series 5). The special was won by Steven Carter-Bailey.
The Great Christmas Bake Off
For the signature challenge, the bakers were asked to create a dozen of iced biscuits based on the theme of The Twelve Days of Christmas, which can be the bakers' own personal interpretation. The technical challenge was set by Paul, where the bakers were tasked to produce 6 Icelandic Laufabrauð. The final showstopper challenge required the bakers to make a spectacular hidden design cake in the shape of a Christmas present.
(12 Iced Biscuits)
(Hidden Design Christmas Present Cake)
|Andrew Smyth||'12 Days Home For Christmas' Biscuits||2nd||'Boozy Bauble' Cake|
|Flo Atkins||Spiced Treacle & Ginger Biscuits||4th||'Very Merry Prezzie!'|
|Jane Beedle||'12 Days of Decorating' Biscuits||1st||'Practically Perfect Penguin Present' Cake|
|Liam Charles||'12 Essentials of Liam' Vanilla Mince Pie Shortbread||3rd||'3-In-1 It's Gotta Be Fun' Cake|
The Great Festive Bake Off
The returning bakers were tasked to bake an iced stollen wreath for their signature challenge in only three hours. The technical challenge was set by Prue, who asked the bakers to make 4 snow eggs crowned with delicate spun sugar cages. For the final showstopper challenge, the bakers were tasked to make a 3D New Year's Resolution Cake, where all decorations must be edible.
(Iced Stollen Wreath)
(4 Snow Eggs)
(3D New Year's Resolution Cake)
|Candice Brown||'Festive' Apple Stollen||2nd||'Wear More Lipstick' Cake|
|Kate Henry||Ginger & Almond Stollen||4th||'Dream Restaurant' Cake|
|Steven Carter-Bailey||'Stag Night' Stollen||1st||'Communication' Cake|
|Tamal Ray||Orange & Rum Stollen||3rd||'Tailor's Dummy' Cake|
The final was watched by an overnight viewing audience figure of 7.5 million, down from the previous final of 7.7 million and the lowest since 2012. The ratings below are cumulative figures over longer periods, and they include multiple-screen viewing figures (on TV, computer, tablet and smartphone), the first year this system was implemented, and the figures are therefore slightly higher than it would have been without the multiple-screen viewing figures.
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