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Britain’s most beloved and pastel-hued baking show is back once more, with a batch of new Great British Bake Off contestants taking a break from skipping merrily in a park to try and get Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith’s taste buds tingling.

Last episode was bread week, as contestants tried to impress with Chelsea buns, while the technical challenge – non-yeast naan bread – proved a difficult bake to master. The gang then grappled with the devilishly difficult showstopper (korovai, a traditional bread in Eastern Europe that’s mainly associated with weddings).

Rahul was named Star Baker for the second week in a row, with Antony was sadly sent packing.  

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Welcome to the Great British Bake Off live blog! We will endeavour to keep things as calm and gentle as Noel Fielding's presenting voice.
The show starts at 8pm on Channel 4, so we'll be bringing you some past highlights until then.

This week, our contestants will be indulging their sweet tooth with Dessert Week. The official synopsis reads:

"There is a cracking meringue Signature; a wobbly Technical that breaks the mould; and a complex chocolate Showstopper that promises to reveal all."

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    It's time for another Bake Off. Are you ready? 
    It's Dessert Week and the question is, will Rahul triumph once more? There's some quiet screaming going on from the contestants. Maybe not the best sign.
    Sandi there, with the slowest custard pie in the face history has ever witnessed.
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    Small but important update: Terry is unfortunately ill this week, so won't be competing in the episode.
    A statement from Love Productions: "Terry was unable to join the bakers in the tent for episode four because he was unwell, but rest assured, he returns in episode 5."
    But, anyways, on to the first challenge, the Signature. And it's meringue roulade. Which is a thing I didn't know existed.
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    It looks like Manon's in trouble. Her meringue is looking more cracked than the San Andreas fault (that's the best meringue joke I can do, there it is).
    Does "tight swirl" count as an innuendo?
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    Dan has now scored three Paul Hollywood handshakes in a row. That makes him the frontrunner right?
    Are the handshakes this series an overkill? 


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