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The Great British Baking Show is a competition for bakers based in the United Kingdom. This highly popular competition has also been shown on public television stations all across the Untied States. Contestants are invited by the show's producers each season to demonstrate their skills to the judges. At the end of each episode, one person is declared the Star Baker while another person is eliminated and sent home. The show ends when a final winner is chosen from the contestants by the judges.

Each episode of The Great British Baking Show begins with an initial competition. Contestants are asked to bake a given item such as gluten free rolls or sweet petit fours that can be served to a crowd. Contestants are watched by the audience as they work through the process of creating a particular kind of dessert. Viewers are shown the details of the dessert each particular baker is creating including the basic flavors of the product such as honey and strawberry and then given a drawing of what the baker hopes the end product will look like once the product is finished. Bakers are shown commenting on the process of baking certain items and telling the viewer what they hope the end product will ultimately look and taste like.

During the episode, blind judging takes place. Judges are given a number for each contestant. Viewers listen as the judges comment on the product they are given to sample. Comments typically include commentary on the texture of the item as well as the overall look and whether or not the baker has used the proper baking techniques to create the desired end result. Each baked item is ranked and each baker given feedback about the product before they are kept or sent home.

Sunday 7:00 PM et/pt on PBS
7 Seasons, 80 Episodes
December 28, 2014
8.6/10
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The Great British Baking Show Full Episode Guide

  • Perfection expected, but can it be achieved? Domed tartlets, gteaux St-Honore and sugar-glassed beauties take the bakers to new levels of stress.

  • The contestants get a jump on Jazz Age favorites, concocting ornate custard pies, tricky beignets souffles, and heady cakes inspired by cocktails.

  • That's the way the unmolded cake crumbles for one tearful baker. Maids of Honour tax the contestants, while Indian milk sweets delight the senses.

  • Deck the halls with sugar, butter and chocolate as competitors from past seasons bake sweet Yuletide treats for judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

  • Deck the halls with sugar, butter and chocolate as competitors from past seasons bake sweet Yuletide treats for judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

  • A tense semifinal serves up a trio of high-end patisserie challenges: one that's deceptively simple and two more that are astonishingly complex.

  • In a high-stakes quarterfinal, the five remaining bakers must make savory open sandwiches, sweet spherical snacks and a figure from assorted pastries.

  • For the first time ever, it's Vegan Week, which calls for a no-butter shortcrust, an eggless meringue and a plant-based celebration cake.

  • With just seven contestants left, it's time to fry, fire and form pastry into sweet and savory samosas, French puit d'amour and perfectly shaped pies.

  • Big flavors fill the tent when the bakers make ginger cake, two batches of a finicky Middle Eastern pastry and a hanging spiced-biscuit chandelier.

  • It's a sweet week for the remaining contestants, with rolled meringue, jiggly gelatin and a mesmerizing chocolate masterpiece that melts away.

  • Bread Week hands the bakers a classic Chelsea bun challenge, a takeaway-themed technical and a towering showstopper with multiple tiers.

  • Temperatures rise as the bakers attempt a traditional traybake, make a Monet-inspired cake and build a showpiece in sweltering heat.

  • Jittery hopefuls rally to impress the judges with a regionally specific signature, a chocolatey technical and a brilliant biscuit selfie.

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