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    18 “Great British Bake Off” Moments From Dessert Week That Were Stressful, And 16 That Were So Pure

    Note to self: Don't forget the flour.

    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, Britain's best amateur bakers tackle desserts, a category as menacing as it is vague. Here are 16 absolutely wonderful moments from the episode, plus 18 extremely stressful ones.

    Warning: Spoilers (and potential emotional turmoil) ahead.  

    1. STRESSFUL: The hosts' continued descent into mutual comedic madness.

    Noel says he was born without a mouth, then says his mouth is his butt
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    Right after they announce the show, Noel farts with his mouth and Matthew walks off, presumably in search of a better intro.

    Noel says, You wrote this! And Matthew says, Yeah, well you said it!
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    2. DELIGHTFUL: Tiny sassy Noel.

    Noel stands with his hands on his hips
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    Signature Challenge: Pavlova

    Giuseppe's "every day at the beach" pavlova
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    3. STRESSFUL: When Maggie gets the look (you know the one) after she pitches her traditional pavlova to Paul and Prue.

    Maggie says "I feel there's no real need to enhance things" while Paul looks on disapprovingly
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    4. DELIGHTFUL: Amanda theming her "pav-love" around a fun heart-shaped cutting board, which is pure, wholesome home baker energy.

    Amanda says it'll look nice on her cutting board, if it doesn't collapse
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    5. DELIGHTFUL: Freya's perfect meringue swirls (which are somehow also 100% vegan, because Freya is an overachiever).

    Freya's pipes multicolored meringue
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    6. DELIGHTFUL: Jürgen's "Passover Pavlova" recipe, which is inspired by his family's observation of holidays from his wife's Jewish faith.

    Prue says, it's carrying a lot, this little pavlova. And Jurgen replies, it is, it is. And Noel adds, you're an artist, Jurgen, I love you
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    7. STRESSFUL: The cracks on George's bake, which are most likely a result of him taking the pavlova out of the oven and placing it in a proving drawer too soon. (There's probably a science and/or a dark magic to this, but apparently, warm pavlovas do not love cold air.)

    The cracks in George's pavlova
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    8. STRESSFUL: Watching everyone move their extremely delicate pavlovas, which seem to crack if someone looks at them the wrong way (or at all).

    Chigs and Maggie attempt to move their pavlovas
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    9. DELIGHTFUL: We're just gonna do some pavlova appreciation, because these look really difficult to make. First up, Crystelle's key lime creation.

    Crystelle's lime adorned pavlova
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    The judges love the flavors, but Paul deems the meringue too thick, which isn't a complaint I would make since hey, more meringue! 

    10. DELIGHTFUL: Jürgen's successful Passover pavlova, complete with matzoh pyramids, which leads Paul to declare "Jürgen's back!"

    Paul cutting into Jurgen's pav
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    11. STRESSFUL: The fact that George's pavlova lost its way somewhere between the oven and the proving drawer.

    Prue says "George, I think it looks awful"
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    12. DELIGHTFUL: Okay, back to our regularly scheduled pavlova appreciation. Look at Freya's! This is spectacular! It's like if a rainbow became a dessert! And it's exactly as vegan as a rainbow, too!

    Freya's colorful peach pavlova
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    The judges don't adore the flavors or the way the aquafaba (Freya's egg substitute) holds up, but still, look at it!!! 

    13. DELIGHTFUL: Chigs becoming the second baker to be awarded the coveted handshake. Can we just all take a second to appreciate that Chigs started baking as a quarantine hobby? And now he's doing this?

    Chigs gets a handshake
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    Honorable mention to Crystelle's reaction.

    Crystelle has an expression of shocked joy
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    Technical Challenge: Sticky Toffee Puddings

    sticky toffee puddings with tuiles
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    14. STRESSFUL: When Maggie's puddings started to collapse in the oven and she didn't know why.

    Maggie says, I must've left something out, but I don't think I did, it's all ticked off
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    15. STRESSFUL: When Giuseppe had to be the bearer of bad news and tell Maggie that she left out flour.

    Giuseppe tells Maggie there is flour, and Maggie replies, oh, right. that's what I didn't do
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    16. STRESSFUL: When Amanda's puddings came out of the tin still raw.

    Amanda removes a raw pudding
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    17. STRESSFUL: And when Maggie's looked...well, they looked like this.

    Maggie's puddings are flat and sad
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    Nothing but kudos to Maggie for facing this flourless crisis with a smile. 

    18. STRESSFUL: The fact that Paul won't even try Maggie's puddings. Is this a GBBO first?

    Matt refuses to try the puddings
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    19. DELIGHTFUL: Jürgen placing first in the Technical with his textbook definition sticky toffee puddings.

    Jurgen raising his hand to reveal that he's made the best puddings
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    Showstopper Challenge: Celebratory Joconde Imprimé Dessert

    Lizzie's liverpool
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    20. STRESSFUL: The fact that I have no idea what a joconde is, let alone an imprimé, yet here I am, writing a recap of a baking show.

    Matt says, "Classically, a joconde is a whisked sponge with ground almonds
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    Thankfully, Matt comes through for the viewers at home. Still have no idea about an imprimé, though, despite my four years of high school French. (Based on some googling, it looks like it's a complicated layered dessert.) 

    21. DELIGHTFUL: Jürgen describing to Noel a Star Trek–themed joconde imprimé wedding cake he once made.

    Jurgen says "two spaceship enterprises kissing on the joconde"
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    22. DELIGHTFUL: The fact that Chigs based his dessert's design on "his sister's new bathroom tiles," according to Matt's narration.

    the sketch of the black forest dessert
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    23. STRESSFUL: Amanda's dripping joconde.

    Amanda watching her sponge drip in the oven
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    24. STRESSFUL: This ominous cloud of smoke that erupts from Chigs' oven while Noel narrates about the dangers of over-baking jaconde.

    Smoke pours out of Chigs oven
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    25. STRESSFUL: When Freya's pattern dissolved into her sponge.

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    For contrast, here's Lizzie's.

    Lizzie's brightly patterned jaconde
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    26. STRESSFUL: When Maggie pulled out her sponge before it was done baking, and she was forced to start from scratch at the halfway mark.

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    27. DELIGHTFUL: Giuseppe modeling his showstopper after a wedding cake made by his father, a professional chef.

    Giuseppe says, mine is not gonna be as grand as my Dad's. I can only try to be as fractionally good as he's ever been
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    28. STRESSFUL: Amanda's cake leaking jelly and looking like it's been wounded in battle.

    The cake leaking red jelly
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    When she presents it, Amanda jokes that it was inspired by a crime scene she once visited as a young police officer. 

    29. DELIGHTFUL: Giuseppe's dessert, which looks so perfect it wouldn't be out of place in a Studio Ghibli movie.

    Giuseppes strawberry and pistachio dessert
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    30. DELIGHTFUL: Crystelle's gorgeous pineapple dessert.

    Crystelle's pina colada cake, which is shaped like a pineapple
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    31. DELIGHTFUL: Chigs' incredible two-tiered dessert, which makes me think his sister must have the finest bathroom tiles in the world if they inspired this masterpiece.

    Chigs' two-tiered showstopper
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    32. STRESSFUL: Alas, Maggie's dessert.

    Maggie's cracked open cake
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    Final Results

    The judges and hosts sitting around the showstopper slices
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    Spoilers below!

    33. DELIGHTFUL: Chigs being named Star Baker after a truly incredible performance.

    Chigs smiling when he hears the news
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    34. STRESSFUL: Saying goodbye to Maggie and her delightfully positive attitude (and wonderful bakes).

    Maggie smiles after she's told she's going home
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    Maggie going out with a smile this wide is classic Maggie. 

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