Who would have thought that something as light and fluffy as a feather would be so controversial The Great British Baking Show?
In this week’s episode of the feel-good baking series – Cookie Week! – the kitchen was set on fire by a tiny mistake by Syabira. The faux pas was tiny, but with stakes just as high as those played on GBS, it may have cost the contestant a shot at Star Baker. But really, it shouldn’t have been such a big deal the way it was done.
The technical challenge was tricky this week: the participants were tasked with creating a perfect fly graveyard biscuit. “What’s a fly graveyard biscuit?” you ask, disgusted. I am also. The actual dish is a bit tastier than it sounds. With raisins and brown sugar, the Scottish pastry is a fruity treat.
For those who don’t know GBSIn the technical challenges, participants are given a list of (usually vague) instructions on how to prepare a specific dish. You have to stick to the basics, prepare identical dishes and try to wow the judges – anonymously. However, sometimes there is confusion. Participants misread the instructions. You forget to add a specific ingredient. You haven’t practiced, and under pressure, baking becomes more complicated.
So if fan-favorite Syabira – who, for reference, won Last week’s technique with a killer red velvet cake – had a minor flaw that should have been forgiven immediately. Especially considering how beautifully this bug ended! Instead of feathers white chocolate into milk chocolate, Syabira created white chocolate feathers from scratch and layered them on top of her cookies.
The result is incredible. Syabira’s feathers are beautiful, stunning, unique and mesmerizing. It’s a small mistake! Also, English isn’t Syabira’s native language (she’s from Malaysia and moved to London in 2013), so punishing her for that little mistake feels harsh. And again are the feathers delicious. You are perfect.
Still, Paul Hollywood is a harsh critic. While fellow judge Prue Leith laughed heartily at the feathers, Paul was less impressed.
“That’s pretty original,” Prue said with a chuckle.
“It’s ridiculous, that’s it,” Paul replied. Both agreed that the feathers were not “what we asked for”.
The rest of Syabira’s tech is pretty good; The dough is a bit soft, but otherwise bake great. But Syabira finishes penultimate in the technical challenge, fails to claim the Star Baker title (although this week’s winner clearly deserved it!) and endures the laughter in the tent at her mistake.
Great British Baking Show The spectators are just as upset as I am about the whole affair, which shouldn’t have cost Syabira a higher place on the technical round. Her cake was impeccable and the feathers were just added to the dish.
“As a non-Brit, I feel the urge to support every other non-Brit on #GBBO,” shared one user. “ESPECIALLY when they do the wrong thing due to the language barrier like yes babes you are so right you did even better fuck the english language you are so valid.”
Perhaps the right thing to do would be to forgive the mistake, blame it on the language barrier, and actually applaud (rather than laugh at) Syabira for her abilities. Justice for Syabira. Next week (and every week after that) I’ll be rooting for them again to get that Star Baker spot. And bakers will continue to look for more meaningful instructions for technical challenges.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/obsessed/the-great-british-baking-show-biscuit-week-2022-recap-a-teachable-moment?source=articles&via=rss Recap of the Great British Baking Show’s Cookie Week 2022.