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    14 “Great British Bake Off” Moments From Pastry Week That Were Stressful, And 19 That Were So Pure

    "I'm not a chouxnutter. At all."

    Welcome to this week's stressful/delightful recap of The Great British Bake Off!

    the title card for the show
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    You can read last week's recap here

    This week, the remaining seven bakers went head-to-head with pastry. Here are 19 undeniably delightful moments from the episode, plus 14 exceptionally stressful ones.

    Warning: Spoilers (and potential emotional turmoil) ahead.  

    1. DELIGHTFUL: This shoe/choux pun, and Noel's expression of utter disapproval in response to it.

    Matt says he has a shoe pastry (as in a pastry shaped like a shoe)
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    2. STRESSFUL: Thinking about whichever poor baker was recruited to make an edible sneaker on their day off. Was it Jürgen? Chigs? A group effort?

    the edible shoe
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    Signature Challenge: Chouxnuts

    the sketch of Lizzie's caramel and floral chouxnuts
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    3. DELIGHTFUL: Hey, it's a falcon! (Full disclosure: It may not be a falcon. Either way, cool bird, it's been a tough 18 months, let's celebrate it.)

    A falcon, maybe
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    4. DELIGHTFUL: The fact that Chigs is so in the zone, he lunged for his supplies before anyone even said "bake."

    Chigs reaches for supplies before Matt says Bake
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    5. STRESSFUL: Seeing Lizzie look around the tent and wonder, "Have I been damned to make chouxnuts for an eternity?"

    Lizzie saying, I mean, if I went to hell, I feel like this is what my hell would be
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    6. DELIGHTFUL: Realizing that "baking stances" are a recurring theme of this season.

    jurgen laughs at the judges noticing his baking stances
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    It's not quite as extreme as Giuseppe's from German Week, though.

    Giuseppe's wide stance while baking
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    7. STRESSFUL: Watching Lizzie face her fear of the deep fryer, which I've never thought too much about but yeah, it is just a vat of boiling oil, huh?

    Lizzie says that fryers scare her and that she's shaking
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    8. DELIGHTFUL: Paul, at long last, breaking his policy of silently glaring at bakers to tell George how to open the tongs he's been fiddling with for 15 silent seconds.

    Paul watches George struggle with tongs
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    George is the most relatable baker left in the tent.

    a meme in which a struggling george is me loading the dishwasher and an annoyed paul is my roommates watching me
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    9. STRESSFUL: The fact that while everyone else is filling their chouxnuts with pastry bags, Crystelle went and found herself a giant syringe.

    Crystelle injecting her donut
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    10. STRESSFUL: Watching this miniature tragedy unfold.

    All of the filling comes out of Giuseppe's pastry bag at once
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    11. DELIGHTFUL: George keeping things light in a tense moment.

    George making donut goggles
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    12. DELIGHTFUL: Prue saying this, which I present without comment.

    Prue saying, Quite often I need two holes so that I can squirt (in regards to donut filling)
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    13. DELIGHTFUL: Jürgen's chouxnuts and their bright purple ube filling.

    the bright purple filled chouxnuts
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    14. DELIGHTFUL: Giuseppe's chouxnuts. I didn't know what a chouxnut was before watching this episode (and I'm still not entirely convinced that they weren't made up for the purposes of this show), but if the concept were described to me, Giuseppe's version is what I would've imagined.

    Giuseppe's chouxnuts
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    15. DELIGHTFUL: Lizzie triumphing over her fryer phobia and getting what she called her "best Signature feedback."

    Lizzie's chouxnuts
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    Technical Challenge: Large Baklava with Filo Pastry

    An extremely complicated baclava
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    16. STRESSFUL: Crystelle reacting like this to the announcement that they're going to have to make their own filo dough. I think we've established by this point that I really don't know all that much about baking, but this seems like a bad sign. (A few seconds later, Matt's narration confirms that this is the first time ever that contestants have been asked to make the "notoriously complicated" filo pastry for a Technical, so yeah, not good.)

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    17. STRESSFUL: This glimpse of the elaborate diagram bakers were given to explain how their baklava should be cut up, as if they didn't have enough to worry about.

    a super elaborate star design
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    18. STRESSFUL: Lizzie forgetting to set her timer, scandalizing the other contestants.

    George looks shocked while he drinks his tea
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    19. DELIGHTFUL: The fact that every single baker is able to produce something that at least resembles the example, which seems like a truly Herculean task.

    Chigs baklava
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    20. DELIGHTFUL: Jürgen placing first in the Technical...

    Jurgen's baklava
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    ...and then having this to say about it.

    Jurgen says: What a day. Incredible. Jürgen-ator seems to be back.
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    Showstopper Challenge: A Terrine Pie

    a sketch of Jurgen's pie
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    21. DELIGHTFUL: Discovering that Jürgen has an allegiance to three great nations: Germany, Great Britain, and the city of Boston.

    Jurgen wearing a Boston sweatshirt
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    22. DELIGHTFUL: Amanda's itty-bitty pork pigs.

    Amanda's tiny pig-shaped pork buns
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    23. STRESSFUL: George accidentally freezing the main component of his pie. Also, Matt's narration about it, which I once again present without comment.

    Matt says: George's giant sausage is rock hard
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    24. DELIGHTFUL: This Greek dance break that occurs while everyone is waiting for their pies to cook.

    Giuseppe, Matt, Amanda, and George dancing together
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    25. STRESSFUL: George deciding to pull his pie out of the oven to fix its top, and risking the possibility of a raw Showstopper.

    George fixing his pie while Giuseppe looks on in horror
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    26. STRESSFUL: This Paul Hollywood balloon, which will haunt my dreams for the rest of my life.

    A scary drawing of Paul Hollywood on a balloon
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    27. STRESSFUL: George infusing the phrase "soggy bottom" with more despair than I thought possible after all of the juices from his pie start to leak out.

    George says soggy bottom with a terrified expression
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    28. STRESSFUL: The top half of Amanda's pie breaking away when she tries to take it out of the tin. I've never shed tears over a pie, but today, my friends, I came close.

    Amanda's pie breaking while everyone reacts
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    29. DELIGHTFUL: Giuseppe's embarrassingly perfect pie.

    Giuseppe's owl shaped pie
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    30. DELIGHTFUL: Jürgen's exquisite Showstopper.

    Jurgen's neat and well-baked pie
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    31. DELIGHTFUL: Crystelle receiving a coveted Showstopper handshake for her chicken curry pie. Even more heartwarming, the pie was a tribute to her late great-grandmother and designed to look like her house.

    Crystelle's hand being shook for her pie
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    Final Results

    the bakers all sitting in a row
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    Warning: Spoilers below! 

    32. DELIGHTFUL: Crystelle being named this week's Star Baker, and making this face in response.

    Crystelle's mouth drops open
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    33. STRESSFUL: Saying goodbye to Amanda, a warm and fun-loving presence in the tent.

    Amanda looking sad
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    So long, Amanda, and remember: The vast majority of us mortals would probably just start crying if someone asked us to make a "large baklava."

    This concludes our Pastry Week recap! What were your favorite moments from this episode? Tell us about them in the comments!