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    20 Side-By-Sides Of The "Great British Bake Off" Bakes Vs. Their Drawings

    Let's get that bread.

    Ah, Bread Week — it's always one of my favorite weeks of Great British Bake Off, but this year in particular (when I happened to bake a few loaves myself in quarantine), something about it felt even more special.

    Paul and Prue introduce the signature challenge in the tent
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    Now, since I could stare at photos and pretty drawings of food all day, I'm back again with this week's side-by-sides of the drawings next to the bakes.

    Note that the drawings are, of course, done after the final bakes by illustrator Tom Hovey (aka the man with the coolest job ever!). He once told Vulture, “My job is to illustrate what the bakers planned to create, not what they actually baked in the tent." So I just think it's pretty neat to see a side-by-side of what the bakers had planned next to how things turned out.

    This week's signature bake was to create two soda bread loaves — one sweet and one savory.

    "Someone should tell Linda that's not doing anything," Lottie says as Linda attempts to cool down her loaf.
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    I am Linda in this photo.

    1. Linda's Cyflym Bara Quick Bread

    Linda's savory and sweet soda bread loaves side by side with their drawing
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    2. Dave's Chilli Chocolate & Cheesy Bacon Soda Breads

    Dave's savory and sweet soda bread loaves side by side with their drawing
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    3. Peter's Black Pudding & Ginger Beer Soda Breads

    Peter's savory and sweet soda bread loaves side by side with their drawing
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    4. Lottie's Blueberry Breakfast & Summertime Soda Breads

    Lottie's savory and sweet soda bread loaves side by side with their drawings
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    5. Laura's Nana Peg's Nicely Spiced & Cherrylicious Soda Breads

    Laura's savory and sweet soda bread loaves side by side with their drawing
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    6. Sura's Middle Eastern Inspired Soda Breads

    Sura's savory and sweet soda bread loaves side by side with their drawings
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    7. Hermine's My Favourite Flavours Soda Breads

    Hermine's savory and sweet soda bread loaves side by side with their drawings
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    8. Marc's Cornish Soda Breads

    Marc's savory and sweet soda bread loaves side by side with their drawings
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    9. Rowan's Flavours of Italy

    Rowan's savory and sweet soda bread loaves side by side with their drawings
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    10. And Mark's Sausage & Stout Sodas

    Mark's savory and sweet soda bread loaves side by side with their drawings
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    Hermine got a Hollywood Handshake — on Bread Week of all weeks! Thrilled for her!

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    Next up was the technical challenge: rainbow bagels.

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    Linda won the technical challenge this week for her bagel efforts.

    And finally came the showstopper round, where the bakers were tasked with making a plaque out of bread. Going to take a moment before I dive in to throw it back to the most epic bread creation I've ever seen — Paul's lion from back in 2015:

    “That is one of the best things I’ve seen in bread ever” @PaulHollywood on The Other Paul’s lion showstopper. #GBBO

    Still not over this!

    11. Marc's The Dharma Wheel Bread Sheaf:

    Marc's colorful bread sheaf side-by-side with the drawing
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    12. Linda's "Fruits of Our Labour" Black Olive Bread & Tiger Bread:

    Linda's plaque decorated with farm animals side-by-side with the drawing
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    13. Rowan's Worcestershire Pear Tree

    Rowan's plaque decorated to look like a colorful pear tree side-by-side with the drawing
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    14. Hermine's A Journey Back to France

    Hermine's plaque decorated with a highway side-by-side with the drawing
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    15. Peter's Edinburgh Cityscape Bread Plaque

    Peter's cityscape bread plaque side-by-side with the drawing
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    16. Lottie's My House in Bread

    Lottie's plaque of her house side-by-side with the drawing
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    17. Dave's "Grateful For My Home and Little Family"

    Dave's plaque decorated as his house with little figures of him, his pregnant wife, and dog side-by-side with the drawing
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    18. Sura's Mama's Tomato Vine Harvest Loaf

    Sura's plaque decorated with a tomato vine side-by-side with the drawing
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    19. Laura's Showstopping Musical Theatre Inspired Showstopper

    Laura's plaque decorated with red curtains and theater masks side-by-side with the drawing
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    20. And Mark's Orchard County Bread with Sweet Apple and Savoury Wild Garlic

    Mark's plaque decorated to look like an orchid side-by-side with the drawing
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    In the end, Marc E. was crowned star baker and Rowan was sent home.

    Rowan having a cuppa in his hand at the most stressful moments is the level of unbothered I aspire to be ☕️ #GBBO #GreatBritishBakeOff #BreadWeek #BakeOff

    I'll miss his waistcoats and tea breaks!

    And that wraps another week in the tent! What were your favorite bakes? Who are you rooting for? Are you ready for Chocolate Week? Because I am already drooling!

    If you enjoy these drawings as much as I do, check out artist Tom Hovey's work on his website and his studio site and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @TomHoveyArt.

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