Rav’s Gingerbread Story in Great British Bake Off

It’s all about the crunch in the second week of Great British Bake Off 2016. Let’s find out how well our British Asian baker Rav has done!

Rav's Gingerbread Story in Great British Bake Off

Sadly, what lets him down are the slightly burnt Christmas trees!

It’s Biscuit Week on Great British Bake Off 2016, and our British Asian baker Rav Bansal has brought some zesty crunch to the table!

The 28-year-old avid traveller’s first challenge is to make 24 iced biscuits of identical size, texture and design

Inspired by his visit to Goa, Rav decides to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with the Union Jack Bunting Biscuits.

He uses lime zest and coconut extract in his biscuits, perfectly merging Asian and British elements in a sweet bite.

Mary loves the interesting flavour, although she has a few words to say about clumsy presentation.

Strangely, Paul feels they taste more like Thai Green Curry. Rav responds: “It was not what I was going for!”

Rav's Gingerbread Story in Great British Bake OffWell, there is only one thing he can do to turn things around – to ace the Technical challenge.

Along with 10 other bakers, he needs to execute one of Mary’s finest recipes to make 12 Viennese Whirls filled with a smooth layer of buttercream and jam.

As Mary cautions that the thick mixture could prove tricky for the bakers to create a beautifully even twirl on the biscuit, most struggle to get it right.

But Rav has done well, placing sixth in the challenge and earning a modest compliment from Mary: “Lovely and short.”

Rav's Gingerbread Story in Great British Bake OffMoving onto the final challenge of the week, the contestants are tasked with creating a 3D gingerbread story. It should include eight objects or characters.

Most of all, the baker needs to present a personal story in their creation. For Rav, it is the time when his grandfather would take him to a Christmas fairground.

The Ferris Wheel is the centrepiece of the Showstopper bake, so we’re pleased to know that he has practised making it before.

It also features a house and three little persons which give the bake its colourful appearance through their clothing (icing).

Sadly, what lets him down are the slightly burnt Christmas trees! Even with a generous amount of icing, it cannot escape the judges’ sharp eyes and tongues.

Rav may have suffered a few setbacks, but he has most definitely delivered a solid performance, which helps secure his place in next week’s show.

The honour of Star Baker goes to Candice, who pulls out all the stops with her Double Layered Salted Caramel Chocolate Iced Biscuits.

She also delights everyone with her incredibly unique Gingerbread Pub with Sticky Ginger Carpet.

Rav's Gingerbread Story in Great British Bake OffThe judges worry that she may not complete assembling all the fine details in time. But Candice’s sheer ambition and inspiring creativity has clearly paid off!

Bidding farewell to the Bake Off tent this week is Louise. But just because things haven’t gone as planned, it doesn’t mean she has crumbled. We will not forget her lovely smile!

Watch the third episode of Great British Bake Off on September 7, 2016 at 8pm on BBC One.

Scarlett is an avid writer and pianist. Originally from Hong Kong, egg tart is her cure for homesickness. She loves music and film, enjoys travelling and watching sports. Her motto is “Take a leap, chase your dream, eat more cream.”

Images courtesy of BBC/Love Productions/Tom Graham except for Top Image

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