Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.


The Great British Bake-off

Over the past eleven weeks I have been glued to my screen every Tuesday night at 8pm. The Great British Bake off has been compelling to say the least. Who would have thought that watching eleven amateur bakers attempt to master a variety of baked goods would make for such addictive viewing.

So many elements have made this series special from the judges, How can you not love Mary Berry? The presenters, Mel and Sue and their innuendo filled speeches and voice-overs. And how can we forget the contestants!?

We had a veritable cornucopia of baking talent on this years series of GBBO. Each had their strengths and weaknesses. But now we are down to the final 3! Personally I think all three are fantastic but for very different reasons.

My head is a Holly fan, she is a perfectionist and (almost) all of her bakes have been pretty perfect. I asked Holly which bakes were her favourite of the series to which she answered her Cheese and Onion pie and the battenburg technical bake. Looking back I would have to agree that those were two of her best weeks and that pie looked amazing!

My heart is a Jo fan through and through, how can you not fall a little bit in love with this lady! She is sweet and self deprecating, but a bloody good baker to boot!
Her personal favourite bake was the Danish pastries in week 10 as she had never made them before and was happy to learn something new. She had her fair share of bad weeks, her croque-em-bouche was a little "leaning tower of pastry" and her brandy snaps lacked the necessary snaps. However, when she is good she is brilliant! I mean those pastries did look absolutely delicious!

My tummy however is head over heels in love with Mary-Anne! Her food is hearty and adventurous. Her flavours are always risky but inevitably delicious, plus she is hilarious! I just love her attitude to food and baking, she comes across so relaxed and un-phased even when the worst happens. Mary-Anne's favourite bakes were her melting moments, and the show-stoppers in the final (can't wait!). She doesn't think either could of been any better!

So my body is pretty much supporting all three at this point, I couldn't possibly say who I want to win! I am firmly sat on the fence on this one.

Although if you asked me who's cook book I would buy, the answer would have to be Mary-Anne. I can just imagine her writing being funny yet informative and her recipes being totally original! If her food writing style if anything like her twitter feed I would read from cover to cover!

So best of luck to all three for next week, I shall be tweeting along as always. If you want to follow the finalists on twitter to you can find them at ... Holly, Jo, Mary-Anne

I am contemplating a small party to celebrate, complete with mountain of baked goods inspired by all of the contestants. What was your favourite bake? Have you tried any of the recipes? Are you having your own Bake-off party?

And most importantly who would you like to see win?

The final will air next Tuesday (4th) at 8pm on BBC2.
Photo courtesy of the BBC.