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

    Only one more week to go!

    Well, we only have one more week of The Great British Bake Off and I'm already wondering what could possibly fill the void. But before we have to say goodbye, let's talk about Patisserie Week — aka the semifinal.

    Since I could stare at photos and pretty drawings of food all day, I'm back again with the semifinal 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.

    1. Hermine's Créme et Abricot Baba au Rhum:

    Hermine's savarins side by side with their drawing

    2. Laura's Poached Pineapple, Kiwi & Passion Fruit Rum Babas:

    Laura's savarins side by side with their drawing

    3. Dave's Honey Tequila, Mango & Passion Fruit Savarins:

    Dave's savarins side by side with their drawing

    4. Peter's Strawberry & Elderflower Babas:

    Peter's savarins side by side with their drawing

    The Technical Challenge was this extremely specific horn thing that looked cool, but definitely seemed very difficult:

    Prue and Paul talking about their challenge

    Finally, we moved to a showstopper challenge of cube cakes:

    5. Dave's Celebration of Chocolate Cube Cake:

    Dave's cube cakes side by side with their drawing

    6. Laura's Black Forest Cube Cake:

    Laura's cube cakes side by side with their drawing

    7. Hermine's "The Best of Hermine" Cube Cake:

    Hermine's cube cakes side by side with their drawing

    8. Peter's Chocolate, Raspberry & Pistachio Cube Cake:

    Peter's cube cakes side by side with their drawing

    In the end, Peter was crowned Star Baker for the second time, and in a move that honestly still hurts my heart, Hermine was sent home. I'm sad almost every week, but after last week, I genuinely thought she might win the whole thing — so this one really hurts.