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

    Not a single soggy bottom in sight!

    It's officially the halfway point of Great British Bake Off, which begs the question: Where does the time go??? This week was Pastry Week, so settle in because it's about to get flaky in here.

    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.

    The signature challenge this week was to create 12 pasties. Here's how it went.

    1. Laura's Proper Tasty Pasties:

    Laura's pasties filled with cheddar & thyme and cream & dijon side by side with their drawing
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    2. Mark's Aloo Gobi & Paneer Pasties:

    Mark's pasties filled with roasted cauliflower and paneer cheese curry side by side with their drawing
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    3. Lottie's Toad-In-The-Hole-Less Pasties:

    Lottie's pasties filled with lincolnshire sausages and mashed potato side by side with their drawing
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    4. Peter's Kedgeree Pasties:

    Peter's fish-shaped pasties filled with smoked haddock, white basmati rice, and petit pois, side by side with their drawing
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    5. Dave's Thai Basil Chicken Pasties:

    Dave's pasties filled with spiced chicken breast and Jasmine Rice side by side with their drawing
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    6. Linda's Spicy Indian Pasties:

    Linda's pasties filled with spiced chicken thigh and diced potatoes side by side with their drawing
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    7. Marc's Cornish Fish Pasties:

    Marc's pasties filled with monkfish, asparagus, and samphire side by side with their drawing
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    8. Hermine's Moroccan Tagine Pasties:

    Hermines pasties filled with preserved lemon and Raisins side by side with their drawing
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    Up next was the Technical Challenge, which was raspberry and salted caramel eclairs:

    The eclairs on the table before they're judged
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    Peter came in first in the Technical!

    Finally, we moved on to a showstopper challenge of caged tarts — which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Here's how it went down:

    9. Marc's Posh Apple & Blackberry Pie:

    Marc's cage side by side with its drawing
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    10. Linda's Gypsy Tart:

    Linda's cage side by side with its drawing
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    11. Mark's Mes-SAGE in a Bottle:

    Mark's cage side by side with its drawing
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    12. Hermine's Lime Confit & Lemon Meringue Tart:

    Hermine's cage side by side with its drawing
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    13. Peter's Blackberry & Lemon Tart:

    Peter's cage side by side with its drawing
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    14. Laura's Kent Garden Tart:

    Laura's cage side by side with its drawing
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    15. Dave's Chocolate, Mango, & Lime Tart:

    Dave's cage side by side with its drawing
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    16. Lottie's Apple Tree Tart:

    Lottie's cage side by side with its drawing
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    In the end, Laura was named Star Baker, and Linda was sent home. I will miss her joy and fun in the tent so much!

    And that's a wrap on Pastry Week! Who are you rooting for? Who do you think will make it to the finals? Let me know in the comments!

    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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