'Great British Bake Off' 2022 Quarter Final: Shock elimination in Pastry Week

Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Paul Hollywood and  Prue Leith- The Great British Bake Off 2022 - Pastry week
The quarter final of The Great British Bake Off 2022 was Pastry Week, and all the bakers struggled. (Channel 4)

The Great British Bake Off saw Maxy fail to make the semi-final after she struggled with soggy pastry.

The 29-year-old architectural assistant was sent home from the tent in Pastry Week as the judges felt her vol-au-vents had a soggy bottom, and her filo pastry in her Showstopper was not cooked enough.

Maxy said: "I can't believe it. I had a bad, bad week, I knew it was me. I was hoping my Showstopper would have saved me, But I'm happy. I'm proud I made it this far."

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Judge Paul Hollywood consoled her that she had achieved a lot by making it the quarter-final.

Maxy & Matt - The Great British Bake Off 2022 - Pastry week (Channel 4)
Maxy failed to make the semi-final of Bake Off after her pastry skills fell flat. (Channel 4)

Cardiovascular research assistant Syabira, 32, was made Star Baker for the third week in a row.

But she was in tears, sobbing: "Maxy is leaving! I'm sad, my best buddy, I feel so confused. I dont know where to be happy or cry."

She added: "Next week is still a clean slate, I have to fight for a spot in the final, which is a dream for me."

The bakers were challenged with making sweet vol-au-vents, deep fried spring rolls and a pie Showstopper scene depicting a children's book or nursery rhyme.

But the judges and hosts all agreed that their pasty skills had been disappointing.

Syabira Bake Off. (Channel 4)
Syabira was made Star Baker for the third week in a row. (Channel 4)

Noel Fielding said: "It's the quarter final - you want it to be amazing and it just wasn't."

Judge Prue Leith agreed: "It was disappointing. For three out of five of them the pastry wasn't very good and all their pies were dry inside."

Swedish Maxy made a globe pie out of filo pastry surrounded by shortcrust stars to represent Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Hollywood told her: "The globe -I would have baked that filo for longer it should be flaky. I think filo was the wrong choice."

Nanny Sandro, 30, narrowly escaped going home after serving up his Very Hungry Caterpillar pies in a soft, non-descript pastry.

Asked what kind of pastry he was using he said: "I don't know the name of the pastry but it's done with flour and water."

Sandro, Noel Fielding
Sandro scraped through to the semi-final after serving up dodgy pastry. (Channel 4)

Leith said the pastry was soft and raw, while Hollywood said: "It's like a sandwich rather than a pie. You've lost your way with this pasty."

Almost all the bakers served up undercooked vol-au-vents. Maxy's impressed on flavour but Hollywood told her: "It's a bit raw at the bottom... you do get that overriding flavour of raw pastry."

Malaysian Syabira's vol-au-vents were deemed to be "two minutes away from perfect".

And while her Jack and the Beanstalk pie scene looked underwhelming, Hollywood said: "It's clever using this pastry because it's bullet proof and cant go wrong - flaky, buttery, falls apart."

Leith said her filling of chicken rendang tasted' "luscious" and "unctuous".

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Also going through to the semi final of The Great British Bake Off 2022 are 30-year-old nanny Sandro from Angola; electronics engineer Abdul, 29, from Saudi Arabia and Polish head teacher's PA Janusz, 34.

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