“The jam is quite sharp and you put the right amount in.”
10 testing weeks and 27 strenuous challenges later, we have our first ever Desi winner on the Great British Bake Off!
Nadiya Hussain emerges as the champion baker of the sixth series of the popular BBC cooking show, ‘out-baking’ Tamal Ray and Ian Cumming.
She is visibly nervous right from the start, creating beautiful and delicious bakes with her trembling hands.
Her first bake – almond and cardamom, and nutmeg and sour cherry ice buns – receives praises all around.
Judge Mary Berry says: “The jam is quite sharp and you put the right amount in.”
Fellow judge Paul Hollywood echoes: “Both tick the box, they are full of flavour and so different.”
Moving onto the Technical Challenge, all three finalists are absolutely dreading how to produce this delicate and difficult recipe by Judge Paul.
Nadiya simply cannot contain her overwhelming emotions and asking herself countless questions out loud, like:
“What’s the sugar syrup for?”
“How do I cut it?”
“How do I make it look pretty?”
But with each obstacle that she overcomes, she gains more confidence and eventually wins the Technical Challenge!
From then on, there is no stopping the mother of three from putting on a final masterpiece with incredible presentation and irresistible flavours.
Tasked with baking a simple British classic, Nadiya decides to make a wedding cake called ‘My Big Fat British Wedding Cake’, filled to the brim with buttercream and lemon drizzle.
She is the first to finish her elegant and spectacular cake, which puts everyone in awe!
Mary particularly loves the refreshing flavour: “The lemon comes through beautifully.”
For Paul, it’s all about the texture and evenness throughout all three tiers.
Upon finding out she is the glorious winner, Nadiya cannot contain her happy tears and is lost for words in front of the camera!
Well wishes begin to flood in for her from social media as well. Karen Connell says:
“Nadiya, it has been wonderful to watch your belief in yourself and your progress over the weeks.
“My 16 year old son found it highly amusing that this time it wasn’t a sad or a happy film making me cry or a news article, but you winning The Great British Bake Off!
“Well done and congratulations, you have been great xxx”
Ebba Backlund gets as emotional as the winning baker: “Cried. Stopped crying. Cried again.”
Tamal and Ian, though having lost the competition, have done exceptionally well, too!
Tamal’s final bake, a sticky toffee pudding cake with dried fruits, is described as ‘genius’ and ‘breathtaking’. His sugar work is so intricate and gorgeous we can’t help but keep falling in love with the trainee doctor!
The ambitious Ian also impresses with his elderflower and lemon and spiced buns which Mary calls ‘heaven on a plate’ and a five-tier carrot cake that delivers a ‘stunning depth of flavours’.
DESIblitz congratulates Nadiya on her amazing win and looks forward to more talented Desi bakers in the next series!