The Great British Bake Off 2022 week 2: what is Biscuit Week, signature, technical, and showstopper explained

It’s Biscuit Week in the Bake Off tent and the 11 remaining bakers will be hoping to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their creations

Last week a dozen bakers descended on the iconic white tent in Berkshire for the first episode of The Great British Bake Off season 13.

11 survived Cake Week and are ready to roll up their sleeves, don their aprons and return to the tent for this week’s challenge.

Biscuit Week on The Great British Bake Off

Biscuit Week will feature macarons, a classic technical, and an elaborate showstopper challenge.

Presenters Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding will again be on hand to offer unhelpful advice and ask questions that seem to serve only to throw the bakers off their game.

What happened in week one?

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It was cake week and the bakers were tasked with whipping up 12 mini cakes and a sponge.

For the showstopper they made a scale model of a home completely from sponge.

Janusz was the first star baker of the series after his Polish influenced mini cakes and elaborate sponge construction of his mother’s flat captivated Prue and Paul.

Will became the first baker to be sent home after his ginger and caramel square signature and sponge recreation of his former north London flat failed to impress.

What are the week two challenges?

It’s Biscuit Week, one of the most popular themes of the show -  last year saw the bakers challenged with making brandy snaps, Jammy Dodgers and childhood toy shaped biscuits.

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These are this weeks challenges:

The Signature

The bakers will be tasked with making illusion macarons - sweet meringue-based treats made with egg whites, sugar, and food colouring.

Macarons are believed to have originated in France during the Renaissance when they were created by Queen Catherine de Medici’s Italian chef.

The illusion element of the challenge means that the bakers will have to make the macarons look like something else entirely, but it will be up to each baker to decide on their designs.

Maxy works on a challenge for Biscuit Week

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The Technical

For the technical, the bakers will be given all the ingredients and a very basic method for fixing up a fruity favourite.

This will be a challenge that the bakers have not had the chance to practice before, so they will all be hoping that it will be alright on the night.

The technicals will be ranked in a blind taste test by Paul and Prue, with the bakes being ranked from worst to best.

The Showstopper

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As always, the showstopper will aim to sort the wheat from the chaff, as each baker will be asked to create a 3D mask made completely from biscuits.

Each baker will be given free rein to make the mask in any way they choose, and designs are likely to vary in extravagance and abhorrence.

After all three challenges have been completed, Paul and Prue will pick a star baker who has most impressed over the three bakes before sending the weakest baker of the week home.

When is The Great British Bake Off episode 2 on TV?

Episode two of season 13 will air on Channel 4 on Tuesday 20 September at 8pm and will be available to watch on All 4 shortly after it is first broadcast.