The Great Australian Bake Off – Pies, Pies and More Pies
Kerry Vincent provided a little too much information last night when she confessed that she liked things exploding in her mouth.
Thankfully she appeared to be talking about pies which was what the second episode of Bake Off was all about. However it was not a strong showing by a lot of them.
Judge Kerry who appears to be polarising people, completely nailed Julie when she told Dan Lepard and co that she was trying to over achieve. Julie does have a touch of the Tracey Flick’s from the movie Election about her.
Julie who bakes everyday has an intensity about her and was not happy that her Morrocan Lamb and Sweet Potato Pie was not gushed over, she also cried when Kerry criticised her Lemon Meringue Pie and probably will need to go in to therapy after Dan Lepard told her the parties pies she had baked were immemorable. You get the feeling if she does not make it to the final episode there is going to be a mega-meltdown. Spatula’s at dawn perhaps.
The first challenge was the signature bake where they could cook any pie sweet or savouy and surprisingly they all baked savoury. Bliss who was making a Chicken, Leek and Bacon Pie was told off by Kerry for not washing her leeks as she did not want to be eating dirt. Bliss should have pointed out that at Rene Redepzi’s restaurant NOMA in Denmark people pay big bucks to eat it!
In the end the judges did like the flavour of the pie so maybe the dirt and the extra onions helped.
Monique was making a Chicken, Mushroom and Herb Pie who is sitting comfortably in the middle of the pack, whereas Sarah Jane who you think is going to be a front runner was told her rabbit pie was bland.
Jonathan was making Garlic Prawn, Fish and Rice Pie was told it was nearly there in flavour. Probably the most positive comment for anyone in this challenge.
Brendan who at 21 years of age is showing some talent, was told his thai flavoured curry looked good on the plate.
Nancy’s lamb shank bone sticking out of her pie was not seen as a presentation positive by Kerry either.
Mark who is not a contender was told his cheese and onion pie needed more time in the oven. This guy undercooks everything. Maybe he needs to put his accountant skills to adding up minutes rather than weighing grams.
Then they were on to the technical bake of Lemon Meringue Pie. Bliss’s was a disaster as was Mark’s. Jonathan, Brendan and Sarah Jane were the only ones that got positive reviews. Monique did OK but nipplesque decorating of the meringue did not go down well. As she said she got “nipple crippled by Kerry Vincent”.
Jonathan came in first with Brendan runner up. Bliss’s was judged the worse due to the fact it was all meringue and what was even more surprising was it was one of her favourite dishes to cook. She said she should have stuck to her own recipe.
They then had four hours to make the show stopper which was party pies, pasties and sausage rolls, all had to be different flavours.
Monique was dropping the f- bombs as she was trying to pipe too thick potato onto her pies.
Bliss who has the messiest bench looked like she had given up as her pies did not look that great. Mark who was also in contention to be eliminated was told his could do with more spice. Lucky for Mark that he was a male in a baking competition and Bliss was the one who ended up being eliminated.
Jonathan who had barely put a foot wrong this week was named star baker. His patizzi type pastries really wowing the judges.
Who did you think should have been eliminated? Which of the contestants do you think are contenders at this stage?
The Great Australian Bake Off on NINE Tuesday nights at 8.00pm.