The Great British Bake Off is back and we’re already four weeks in (how did that happen?). So far the bakers have faced undercooked baguettes, arlette biscuits and madeira cake.
Whilst the show hurtles to the halfway mark, we’re already abuzz with questions that need an answer. Preferably now.
Will there be another bingate this year?
Mary Berry has already sparked furore after revealing the third contestant to leave the show but of bingate proportions? Not a chance!
Is homemade metalwork the way to win?
Twice now Ian’s brought in a homemade contraption that helped him wow the judges. So forget baking practice – maybe the contestants should invest in a few metal sheets and an angle grinder instead.
Is Ian a red herring?
Two weeks on the trot Ian’s been crowned star baker. The travel photographer from Cambridgeshire can do no wrong. But as we fall for Ian’s bumbling charms – will he be heartlessly chopped a la Marie in week two?
Will the Kitchen Aid stand mixers make a comeback?
The classic Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer has been a staple in the bake off tent since series one. Viewers were outraged that the Kenwood kMix had been used in its stead. How could they replace the trusty Kitchen Aid stand mixers? Why have they gone? And will they ever return?
What’s going to be the series star ingredient?
Every year the show is sure to set trends – and we know this year will be no exception. There’s always that one ingredient that comes up trumps – and immediately sells out. What’s it going to be this year? Almond flour? Medjool dates?
Are Mel and Sue Innuendo-ed out?
Barring the first episode, Mel and Sue have been relatively tame so far. Where’s all the bread gags?
Finally, does Mary have a personal shopper?
Where does she source all those lovely bomber jackets? Does she live next to Zara?