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Special celebrity charity bake off edition. 

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The Great British Bake Off returns with five special Stand Up To Cancer episodes. In each episode Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding are joined by four different celebrities aiming to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their baking skills. Over five episodes, Paul and Prue set 15 exciting new baking challenges, pushing the celebrities to their baking limits. But only one celebrity per episode will be awarded the coveted star baker apron.

 

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We don't get any of these special episodes in the US :-( We still haven't gotten the last series.I wish Netflix would get all the other seasons & specials. I just watched the seasons that we got again for the third time.

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The second episode had a heartbreaking segment about a 11 year old girl losing her fight to cancer, yet that only just edged out Nick Hewer's baking for the title of "most tragic thing in the episode."

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6 hours ago, Corgi-ears said:

The second episode had a heartbreaking segment about a 11 year old girl losing her fight to cancer, yet that only just edged out Nick Hewer's baking for the title of "most tragic thing in the episode."

I appreciate that they have to show the reason why they’re doing this, but following up that girl’s heartbreaking story with a plate of singing cupcakes...talk about mood whiplash!

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The stories are heartbreaking.  As an American I must say I enjoy the style and grace of so much of the British programming I am fortunate to view.  We could really learn a lot...

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Well, I finally got around to watching the first one, & it's was......different. This was my first GBBS without Mary, Sue, & Mel, so of course that was a big difference, but I didn't realize that the contestants were just celebrities, I thought they were celebrities who could bake, so that part was kind of disappointing. Also, since they're celebrities, they were kind of "on" the entire time which I didn't care for. The ending was a sad surprise, too. I'll have to decide if I'm going to watch the other 3.

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On 4/2/2018 at 12:20 AM, GaT said:

Well, I finally got around to watching the first one, & it's was......different. This was my first GBBS without Mary, Sue, & Mel, so of course that was a big difference, but I didn't realize that the contestants were just celebrities, I thought they were celebrities who could bake, so that part was kind of disappointing. Also, since they're celebrities, they were kind of "on" the entire time which I didn't care for. The ending was a sad surprise, too. I'll have to decide if I'm going to watch the other 3.

They want to hit the "anyone can bake" message, so every celeb episode has 2 people who kinda can and two people who absolutely can not. I think "comic relief" in past seasons was the same way. It also helps if you know the people and find them funny. Lee Mack in episode 4 (the copy of which I now see has been removed) was hilarious but definitely not a baker.

They also all have real downers with the cancer segments, so either skip that bit or steel yourself for it.

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Well if you want to see a celeb who can bake, Teri Hatcher stepped up in episode 5. She was so thrilled to be there too, which I think got on the others' nerves at first. But overall a good representation for the Americans in GBBO.

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I loved Teri Hatcher so much because she was so good to go. Clearly a fan, and I could totally see myself practicing and planning like that. She was just great.

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I just watched the episode with Lee Mack.  Very funny celebrity bakers.  The show stoppers were quite inventive at the end.  It surprised me that Paul Hollywood didn't seem to know who Frida Kahlo was.

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Nailed It! tries and tries and tries, and then Bake Off comes along and gives us John Lithgow's Swiss Roll -- or, as he put it, oddly accurately, a Swiss guard's discarded underwear. That was hysterically awful-looking.

Did Noel really say, while bantering with Jon Richardson, that Tom Cruise would make "fairy cakes"?! Mr Cruise's lawyers will soon be on line 1.

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I never thought I’d see the day when a cookie vulva wins bake off. 

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I never thought I'd see a day where I was sort of rooting for Russell Brand.   The world is a mixed up topsy turvy place.  Jon Richardson cracked me up a few times.  Lithgow's going around and exclaiming over everybody's bake was charming.    Good start if you don't worry about the baking.   

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I think I've watched one of these before, but I don't remember it. I thoroughly enjoyed it & really laughed a number of times, but oh, the story of that poor woman in the middle of the show just made me weep. I guess they want everyone to realize what the show is for, & not just sit there enjoying the show. 

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James Acaster had me in stitches. Loved that his showstopper tasted the best. Russell Tovey is fit! When did that happen?

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On 3/13/2019 at 12:56 PM, oldCJ said:

James Acaster had me in stitches. Loved that his showstopper tasted the best. Russell Tovey is fit! When did that happen?

Seeing Acaster in this reminded me that he had 4 netflix comedy specials I hadn't seen.   So I got to spend some time catching up with those after this episode.  That was a bonus!   

I've done some googling and still I have no idea.   I understand that flapjack is made with golden syrup oats and butter.  The bit I still haven't gotten after LOADS of googling is what is flapjack like?   Like a granola bar?  

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7 hours ago, bybrandy said:

I've done some googling and still I have no idea.   I understand that flapjack is made with golden syrup oats and butter.  The bit I still haven't gotten after LOADS of googling is what is flapjack like?   Like a granola bar?  

I love flapjacks and there isn't a comparable North American item. They are kinda like a granola bar except with a lot less of add-ons and are more chewier and crunchier? It's hard to describe. The butter and golden syrup makes it slightly stickier. It has a bit of crispy outside, but the oats make it chewy. It's firmly in the baked goods category but you can buy them plastic wrapped individual portions.

I've tested a few recipes. I recommend Mary Berry or the Smitten Kitchen one to replicate it. The latter is the one I use the most often.

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I was really expecting a train wreck with both Big Narstie and Johnny Vegas but Johnny Vegas was quiet and Big Narstie left early.  So we got the bonus of Sandi.   No complaints at all from an episode I was genuinely dreading.  

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11 hours ago, bybrandy said:

I was really expecting a train wreck with both Big Narstie and Johnny Vegas but Johnny Vegas was quiet and Big Narstie left early.  So we got the bonus of Sandi.   No complaints at all from an episode I was genuinely dreading.  

I don't watch all of these celebrity episodes, because they often have at least one person on who I simply don't want to watch. Now that I know that talentless hanger-on leaves early, I'll probably watch this one. Thanks.

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I caught up with these yesterday, and I spent the whole evening lowkey thinking about UK-style flapjacks.  Only because for my whole life a flapjack has meant a chewier, eggier pancake, and it a little bit blew my mind to think that our two cultures could magic up the same weird word to describe two such completely different foodstuffs.  I demand to know which came first, and I, without any evidence at all, accuse the UK of appropriating our word for their odd sort of oatmeal-creme-pie-without-the-filling things.  I would also demand an apology, but they did all look kind of tasty, except for the woman who put chocolate and mint on top of her oats.

James Acaster delighted me with his ability to admit he should've taken Paul's advice about his mix being too wet, although I was also cracking up when he was defending the texture and saying it looked wet because it was unbaked, and offering his hand for Paul to shake in advance.

And Sandy baked a cake!  That was adorable.  It looked quite good too, especially for something she did on a moment's notice.  I didn't miss Big Narstie at all when he left.  I know each episode has at least one cut up we're not supposed to expect much out of, but I've been delighted by how earnest pretty much everyone else has been in the tent so far.  Russell Brand cared super a lot about his brownies, y'all.  And Johnny Vegas really wanted those moscow mule biscuits to turn out.  I guess it's hard to be too silly when you're working against cancer.

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49 minutes ago, Lois Sandborne said:

I demand to know which came first, and I, without any evidence at all, accuse the UK of appropriating our word for their odd sort of oatmeal-creme-pie-without-the-filling things. 

Apparently.
From: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/flapjack

NOUN

1.British A sweet dense cake made from oats, golden syrup, and melted butter, served in rectangles.

Example sentences

2.North American A pancake.

Example sentences

Origin

Early 17th century (in flapjack (sense 2 of the noun)): from flap (in the dialect sense ‘toss a pancake’) + jack; sense 1 dates from the 1930s and is probably a regional coinage.

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12 hours ago, Lois Sandborne said:

I didn't miss Big Narstie at all when he left. 

I'm watching now, and can't wait for him to go. He's incredibly annoying, and making an absolute minimum of effort, as well as just ignoring instructions because he apparently can't be bothered to pay attention.

I absolutely loathe the sort of apathetic, anti-intellectual attitude he represents, and I doubt he's actually ill on the second day. I think it's more likely he just couldn't be bothered planning a showstopper, and couldn't be bothered coming back to bake anything.

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6 hours ago, Danny Franks said:

I think it's more likely he just couldn't be bothered planning a showstopper, and couldn't be bothered coming back to bake anything.

I also suspect that is the case, or he's hung over, or he didn't want to get out of bed.  But no seriously I doubt he was sick. 

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Whatever your feelings about Big Narstie, I think it was a bit unfair to make the technical challenge use pork if it’s against his religion to use it. 

Kind of made it pretty obvious which effort his was going to be (even if he had followed the rest of the brief). 

At the end of the day though, this is all being done for charity. And his inclusion probably got a bunch  of viewers who might not necessarily have tuned in otherwise and that’s the whole point of the specials. 

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7 hours ago, Ceindreadh said:

Whatever your feelings about Big Narstie, I think it was a bit unfair to make the technical challenge use pork if it’s against his religion to use it. 

Kind of made it pretty obvious which effort his was going to be (even if he had followed the rest of the brief). 

At the end of the day though, this is all being done for charity. And his inclusion probably got a bunch  of viewers who might not necessarily have tuned in otherwise and that’s the whole point of the specials. 

Would the judges be aware of which of the contestants didn't eat pork?  

And I don't think the taste had anything at all to do with his judging.  It was all done when they looked at the two rather than 6 pork pies before even digging in to find the beef.   

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16 hours ago, bybrandy said:

Would the judges be aware of which of the contestants didn't eat pork?  

And I don't think the taste had anything at all to do with his judging.  It was all done when they looked at the two rather than 6 pork pies before even digging in to find the beef.   

Somebody must have been informed because I doubt Big Narstie carries chunks of meat with him on the off chance he needs to make a pie!

 So obviously whoever packs the ingredients for the technical would have known to give him beef rather than pork  

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2 hours ago, Ceindreadh said:

Somebody must have been informed because I doubt Big Narstie carries chunks of meat with him on the off chance he needs to make a pie!

 So obviously whoever packs the ingredients for the technical would have known to give him beef rather than pork  

Of course, but the judges aren't out there purchasing ingredients.  All the producers know who made what dish.  The only two people who are out of the loop are Paul and Prue.   

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Just watched the 4th episode & laughed a lot. I have no idea who any of these people are, but I love how pleased they are when Paul or Prue tells them something is good. Once again the cancer story made me weep, so, so sad.

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On ‎3‎/‎28‎/‎2019 at 11:02 PM, GaT said:

Just watched the 4th episode & laughed a lot. I have no idea who any of these people are, but I love how pleased they are when Paul or Prue tells them something is good. Once again the cancer story made me weep, so, so sad.

I really enjoyed that episode, simply because Joe Wilkinson, who is (moderately) famous for being a very odd comedian, was actually really good. Usually, you'd expect him to be there as the comedy relief who is hopeless, but he clearly took it seriously and made an effort.

The blonde girl is from Made In Chelsea, a reality show about rich kids in London. And while I hate that show and its adulation of the idle rich, it seems like every time one of them appears on something else, they come across as genuinely nice. It's an irritating juxtaposition.

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Joe Wilkinson is in Ricky Gervais's show, "After Life."  

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I spent the entire 5th episode wishing Caroline would just pull back her hair. Seriously, it must have been in everything she baked & she kept playing with it. Nicola is absolutely adorable, I mean she's right up there on the adorable boxer ranking with Sugar Ray Leonard. 

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On 4/4/2019 at 1:36 AM, GaT said:

I spent the entire 5th episode wishing Caroline would just pull back her hair. Seriously, it must have been in everything she baked & she kept playing with it.

That and her constant finger licking was so gross!

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