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Botanicals week

This is the sixth week of Season 14 of The Great British Baking Show ™ and focuses on spices, herbs and floral hints.

This page is all about the food that the show brings to our screens. The goal is to have a lasting memory of some of the flavors and taste combinations, to bring some creativity and ideas to your own cooking. I hope you find it fun and useful.

Signature Dish

In episode 6 of Season 14 of The Great British Baking Show ™, the 7 remaining contestants were required to create twelve identical, perfectly fragrant spiced buns. 

Technical Challenge

Lemon and Thyme Drizzle Cake

The judges wanted to see a light, moist sponge soaked with lemon and thyme syrup and decorated with sugar glazed lemon and thyme.

Before the judging, Prue Leith stated her worries for the contestants as being (a) that the tin wouldn't be greased well enough and (b) that the competitors wouldn't use enough thyme.

In reality, the faults judged by Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood were:

  • Icing too thin

  • Too little thyme

  • Uneven coloration

  • Texture too open

  • Sponge stuck in tin

  • Too coarse

  • Too dark

  • Overbaked

  • Lemon not crystallized

  • Clumsy icing


Show Stopper - floral dessert

Celebrating florals in both flavor and decoration, these desserts must have at least one baked element
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