The Great British Bake Off (series 3)

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The Great British Bake Off Series 3
Presented by Mel Giedroyc
Sue Perkins
Judges Mary Berry
Paul Hollywood
Country of origin United Kingdom
Executive producer(s) Anna Beattie
Kieran Smith
Producer(s) Amanda Westwood
Location(s) Harptree Court
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Love Productions
Original channel BBC Two
Original release 14 August 2012 (2012-08-14) – 16 October 2012 (2012-10-16)
Preceded by Series 2
Followed by Series 4

The third series of The Great British Bake Off began airing on Tuesday 14 August 2012.[1] The series was filmed at Harptree Court in East Harptree, Somerset.

Seven thousand applied for the competition and twelve contestants were chosen.[2] For the first time, all three finalists were male: Brendan Lynch, John Whaite and James Morton.[3] The competition was won by John Whaite.[4]

The Bakers[edit]

Baker Age
(on show)
(on show)
Hometown Links
Brendan Lynch 63 Recruitment consultant Sutton Coldfield [5]
Cathryn Dresser 27 Shop assistant Pease Pottage, West Sussex [6]
Danny (Daniele) Bryden 45 Intensive care consultant Sheffield [7]
James Morton 21 Medical student Hillswick, Shetland Islands [8]
John Whaite 23 Law student Wigan [9]
Manisha Parmar 27 Nursery nurse Leicester
Natasha Stringer 36 Midwife Tamworth, Staffordshire
Peter Maloney 43 Sales manager Windsor, Berkshire
Ryan Chong 38 Photographer Bristol [10]
Sarah-Jane Willis 28 Vicar's wife Bewbush, West Sussex [6]
Victoria Chester 50 CEO of the charity Plantlife Somerset [11]
Stuart Marston-Smith 26 PE teacher Lichfield, Staffordshire [12]

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Baker 1 2 3 4 5 61 7 8 9 10
John Whaite SB WINNER
Brendan Lynch SB SB Runner Up
James Morton SB SB Runner Up
Daniele "Danny" Bryden SB OUT
Cathryn Dresser OUT
Ryan Chong SB OUT
Sarah-Jane Willis OUT
Manisha Parmar OUT
Stuart Marston-Smith OUT
Victoria Chester SB OUT
Peter Maloney OUT
Natasha Stringer OUT

Note 1 No one was eliminated this week due to John having injured his finger and could not complete the last bake, and the judges thought it would be unfair to eliminate anyone. Two were eliminated the next week.

Colour key:

     – Baker got through to the next round
     – Baker was eliminated
     – Baker was one of the judges' least favourite bakers that week, but was not eliminated.
     – Baker was the Star Baker
     – Baker was one of the judges' favourite bakers that week, but did not win star baker
     – Baker was the series runner-up
     – Baker was the series winner


Episode 1: Cakes[edit]

The contestants were required to make an upside down cake for their signature bake. The bakers were given two hours to make a sponge topped with fruits of their choice. For the technical bake, Paul set the bakers the challenge of making four rum babas with cream in the middle and sliced fruits on top, to be completed in three hours. For the showstopper, the bakers were given the task of making a cake in five hours, and the cake baked should reveal a hidden design when cut.

     Baker eliminated      Star Baker      Winner
Baker Signature
(Upside Down Cake)
(Rum Baba)
(Hidden Design Cake)
Brendan Plum, Sour Cherry & Walnut 10th Not Mentioned
Cathryn Apple, Hazelnut & Calvadoes Upside Down Cake 5th Hidden Cupcake Cake
Danny Plum, Ginger and Orange Upside Down Cake 7th Not Mentioned
James Pear, Pecan & Parsnip Upside Down Cake 2nd "Simmer Dim" Sunset Cake
John Toffee Apple, Orange & Cranberry Upside Down Cake 11th Hidden Pink Hearts Cake
Manisha Peach, Raspberry & Vanilla Upside Down Cake 6th Not Mentioned
Natasha Pineapple & Passion Fruit Upside Down Cake 12th Mother's Day Layered Rose Cake
Peter Pear, Muscat & Chocolate Upside Down Cake 3rd Jubilee Cake
Ryan Kumquat & Polenta Upside Down Cake 8th Hidden Flowerbed Mousse Cake
Sarah-Jane Pear, Chocolate & Hazelnut Upside Down Cake 1st Hidden Crown Cake
Victoria Pear & Pecan Upside Down Cake 4th Blackbird Pie Cake
Stuart Tomato & Ginger Upside Down Cake 9th Lemon and Pistachio Union Flag Cake

Episode 2: Bread[edit]

For the signature bake, the baker are required to make twelve flatbreads, twelve with yeast, twelve without. They were give two and a half hours to complete the task. For the technical challenge, they had to make an eight-strand plaited loaf in two hours using a recipe from Paul. For the showstopper bake, the bakers were given four hours to make 24 bagels, 12 sweet, and 12 savoury.

Baker Signature
(2 types of Flatbreads - Leavened and Unleavened)
(Plaited Loaf)
(2 types of Bagels - Sweet and Savoury)
Brendan Middle Eastern Taboon Bread
Indian Roti
4th Chocolate and Vanilla & Cumin and Gruyere Bagels
Cathryn Spiced Mango Naan
Coriander Chilli and Lime Tortillas
Danny Zaatar Naan with Dukkah
Lime Coriander and Coconut Tortillas
James Tomato and Parmesan Flatbread
Tattie Scones
2nd Orange, Mint and Chocolate & 'Millers' Sourdough Bagels
John Garlic, Pomegranate and Potato Pitas
Coriander and Chilli Rotis
1st Blueberry and White Chocolate & Fig, Walnut and Gruyere Bagels
Manisha Indian Flatbreads
Italian Flatbreads
Peter Fennel and Nigella Seed Naan
Bannock Bread
11th Apple and Cinnamon & Rosemary and Sea Salt Bagels
Ryan Garlic and Coriander Naan
Shanghai Spring Onion Flatbread
5th Cinnamon and Date & Tarragon and Rosemary Bagels
Sarah-Jane Coconut Roti
Victoria Coriander and Lemon Naan
Garlic and Parsnip Chapatis
7th Saffron and Golden Raisin & Porcini Bagels
Stuart Chorizo and Spring Onion Naan
Bombay Bread
9th Cinnamon and Cranberry & Tomato and Thyme Bagels

Episode 3: Tarts[edit]

The classic tarte tatin was set as the signature challenge. The tarte tatin may be sweet or savoury, and should be finished in two and half hours. Baking a treacle tart was set as the technical challenge by Mary, with the requirement that the pastry lattice on top be woven. The bakers were given two hours for the challenge. For the showstopper, the bakers were required to make in three hours a large designer fruit tart fit for a window display.

Baker Signature
(Tarte Tatin)
(Treacle Tart)
(Designer Fruit Tart)
Brendan Apple and Ginger Tarte Tatin 9th Blackberry, Apple, Nectarine and Dragon Fruit Tart
Cathryn Plum, Cherry and Five Spice Tarte Tatin 3rd Raspberry, Pistachio and Lemon Tart
Danny Savoury Pear and Roquefort Tarte Tatin 2nd Pineapple, Coconut and Frangipane Tart
James Apple and Lavender Tarte Tatin 1st Rose, Lychee and Raspberry Fruit Tart
John Apple and Vanilla Tarte Tatin with Walnut Praline 6th Berries, Grapes and Pomegranate Tart
Manisha Cinnamon, Apple and Pear Tarte Tatin 10th Rum and Tropical Fruit Tart
Ryan Spiced Pear Tarte Tatin 5th
Sarah-Jane Banana Tarte Tatin 8th French Apple Tart with Blackberry and Cassis Jam
Victoria Fig, Walnut and Pink Peppercorn Tarte Tatin 4th Tropical Fruit Tart with Black Pepper Crust
Stuart Pear and Almond Tarte Tatin 7th Raspberry Triple Chocolate Layered Tart

Episode 4: Desserts[edit]

The bakers were given three hours to make a torte cake as the signature bake. The torte should be more than 20 cm in diameter. Mary set crème caramel as the technical challenge, to be finished two and three-quarter hours. A four-layered meringue dessert was the showstopper challenge.

Baker Signature
(Torte Cake)
(crème caramel)
(Meringue Dessert )
Brendan Clementine and Chestnut Torte 1st Pear, Chocolate and Hazelnut Dacquoise
Cathryn White Chocolate, Macadamia & Toffee Torte 3rd Gooseberry, Almond and Honey Meringue
Danny Blackberry, White Chocolate, Lemon & Elderflower Torte 2nd 'Monte Bianco' Chestnut, Chocolate and Coffee Dacquoise
James Hazelnut, Chocolate and Passionfruit Torte 5th Fig, Chestnut, Cherry and Chocolate Layered Meringue
John 'Torte Noir' with Boozy Cream 6th Elderflower and Bramble Berry Pavlova
Manisha Almond, Chocolate and Cherry Torte 9th Tiramisu Layered Meringue Dessert
Ryan Green Tea Opera Torte 7th Strawberry, Rose & Pistachio Meringue
Sarah-Jane Chocolate and Almond Truffle Torte 4th Hazelnut Tiramisu Layered Meringue
Stuart Black Forest Torte 8th Choca Blocka Mocha Meringue

Episode 5: Pies[edit]

For the signature bake, Paul specified that the Wellington that was their challenge should be at least 8 inches long and completely covered with pastry. The bakes were given three hours for the challenge. He also set the bakers to make a hand-raised pie in two and a quarter hour as the technical challenge. The pie was to be made with hot water crust molded using a dolly. The pie was let to set overnight and judged the next day. For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to bake a family-sized sweet American-style pie in three and a half hours.

Baker Signature
(Hand-Raised Pie )
(American Pie)
Brendan Salmon Coulibiac in a Scandinavian Pastry 3rd All American Chiffon Pie
Cathryn Full English Wellington 1st Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pie
Danny Chickpea, Spinach & Mushroom Wellington 7th Trick or Treat Pumpkin Pie
James Four Pig Wellington 6th Sweet Potato Pie
John Venison and Haggis Wellington 2nd Star-Spangled Pecan Pie
Manisha Lamb Wellington with Rosemary and Mint 5th Banana Scotch Pie
Ryan Curry Spiced Seabass Wellington 8th Lime and Ginger Pie
Sarah-Jane Beef Wellington with Parma Ham and Gorgonzola Cheese 4th Chocolate and Banana Cream Pie

During the broadcast, Ryan's pie was identified as a key lime pie. However, it was made with ordinary limes rather than key limes, and thus was not a key lime pie.

Episode 6: Puddings[edit]

The bakers were challenged to make, in two hours, two different flavoured sponge puddings with different accompaniments, six of each. Mary set the Queen of Puddings as the technical challenge. For the showstopper, the bakers were required to make in three and a half hours one large strudel, either with sweet or savoury fillings. John cut a deep wound on his finger in the food processor and had to leave the see a doctor and therefore did not complete his challenge. As a result, the judges thought that it would be unfair to eliminate any baker this week.

Baker Signature
(2 different flavours of Sponge Puddings)
(Queen of Puddings)
Brendan Sticky Toffee Puddings
Rhubarb, Strawberry and Ginger Puddings
1st Spinach, Cheese and Walnut Strudel
Cathryn Elderflower Sponges
Walnut Whip Puddings
3rd Roasted Vegetable Couscous and Sheep Cheese Strudel
Danny Banoffee Puddings with Walnut Butterscotch Sauce
Jubilee Chocolate Fondants
2nd Leek, Potato, Pistachio and Gruyère Strudel
James Banana and Clove Puddings
Clootie Dumplings
7th Strawberry, Rhubarb and Ginger Strudel
John Spicy Toffee Puddings
Raspberry and White Chocolate Puddings
5th Did not complete due to injury
Ryan Chocolate Fondants
Sticky Ginger and Date Puddings
6th Apple, Sour Cherry, Raisin and Mixed Nuts Strudel
Sarah-Jane Sticky Toffee Puddings
Granny's Saucy Lemon Puddings
4th Sweet Strudel with Sour Cherries and Custard

Episode 7: Sweet dough[edit]

For the signature bake, the bakers were set to bake 24 buns made with yeast in three hours The buns should be all of the same size and evenly baked. For the technical bake, the bakers were challenged to make ten jam doughnuts using Paul's recipe in two and a half hours. The jam doughnut should be of consistent size and shape, as well jam distribution and colour. For the showstopper, the bakers each made a celebratory enriched-dough loaf. This challenge started straight after the technical bake, so that the dough can be proofed overnight if necessary. Two bakers were eliminated this week as there was no elimination the previous week.

Baker Signature
(Jam Doughnut)
(Celebratory loaf)
Brendan Chelsea Bunskis 4th Black Forest Christmas Stollen
Cathryn Lady Arundel's Manchet Buns 5th Bonfire Night Tear 'n' Share Brioche
Danny Bakewell Chelsea Buns 2nd European Christmas Wreath
James Easter Chelsea Buns 1st Whisky Kugelhopf-Brioche Baba
John Cherry and Almond Saffron Buns 3rd Marzipan Stollen
Ryan Lardy Cakes 6th Char Siu Bao
Sarah-Jane Orange, Nutmeg and Saffron Buns 7th Sour Cherry, Marzipan and Dark Chocolate Christmas Plait

Episode 8: Biscuits[edit]

The bakers are given two hours to make 48 crackers or crisp bread for their signature bake. They should be thin, evenly baked and crack when snapped in two. For the technical challenge, the bakers were asked to make six chocolate teacakes in two hours using Paul's recipe. For the showstopper bake, the bakers were challenged to make a gingerbread structure, which should not be a gingerbread house, in four hours.

Baker Signature
(Chocolate Teacakes)
(Gingerbread Structure)
Brendan Multi-Seed Savoury Crackers 2nd Fantasy Gingerbread Bird House
Cathryn Cheese & Pickle Crackers 5th Gingerbread, Chocolate, and Orange Buckingham Palace
Danny Spiced Almond Drinks Crackers 4th Gingerbread Big Ben
James Smoky Cayenne, Cumin and Chilli Crackers 1st Gingerbread Barn
John Asian Spice Crackers 3rd Gingerbread Roman Coliseum

Episode 9: Pâtisserie[edit]

For the first test, the bakers were required to make three type of petits fours, twelve of each. These should be small (each a single mouthful), exquisite and perfect. Mary set the bakers to make a Fraisier cake for the technical challenge. Choux pastry gateau was set as the showstopper bake.

Baker Signature
(3 types of Petits Fours)
(Fraisier Cake)
(Choux Pastry Gateau)
Brendan Coffee Meringue and Hazelnut Creams
Apricot Pistachio Friands
Lime Curd Choux Cygnets
3rd Gateau St. Honoré
Danny Blackberry and Peppermint Macaroons
Miniature Raspberry and Basil Financiers
Orange and White Chocolate Langues de Chat
4th Rosewater and Lychee St. Honoré
James Lemon and Rhubarb Tartlets
Chocolate Indulgence Petits Fours
Chilli, Lime and Raspberry Macaroons
1st Coffee, Caramel and Hazelnut Paris-Brest
John Lemon Madeleines
White Chocolate and Raspberry Tartlets
Dark Chocolate and Cherry Macaroons
2nd Gateau St. Honoré a la Passion

Episode 10: Final[edit]

The finalists were set the task of making savoury Pithivier in two and a half hours. 25 Fondant Fancies were to be made in the technical challenge set by Paul and Mary. For the final showstopper, the finalists were required to make in four hours a chiffon cake based on the theme of their personal highlights of 2012. All the bakes were served at a special summer fete held on the ground of Harptree Court.

Baker Signature
(Fondant Fancies)
(Chiffon Cake)
Brendan Potato and Pepper Pithivier 2nd Family Reunion Chiffon Cake
James Spanish Pithivier with Chorizo & Red Pepper 1st United Chiffon Cakes
John Italian Sausage and Roasted Vegetable Pithivier 2nd Heaven and Hell Chiffon Cake

Extras and special episodes[edit]

Four additional episodes were broadcast after the final. Episode 11 was a masterclass by Paul and Mary where they demonstrated how to make the technical challenges they set - treacle tarts, rum babas, creme caramels, the hand-raised pie, and the eight-strand plaited loaf. Episode 12 revisited the bakers from series 2 to catch up on what these contestants had been doing after the show ended. Another masterclass was shown in episode 13 where Paul and Mary showed how to make queen of puddings, jam doughnuts, tempered chocolate teacakes, fraisier cakes and fondant fancies. In episode 14, Paul and Mary showed which signature bakes they would have chosen if they were in the bakers' shoes (including sponge puddings, flat breads and sweet buns). A further episode of Masterclass was shown before Easter.

Post-show career[edit]

John Whaite gained a first-class degree from the University of Manchester after sitting his law exams while filming Bake Off, but he rejected a career in law and opted to take classes at Le Cordon Bleu and pursue a career in baking.[13] His book John Whaite Bakes: Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood was published on 25 April 2013.[14] His second book, John Whaite Bakes At Home, was published on 27 March 2014.[15] He has set up a chocolate shop The Hungry Dog Artisan Chocolates,[16] and plans to open a cookery school on his family's dairy farm in Lancashire.[17] He also appeared as a resident chef on the ITV show Lorraine,[18][19] and wrote a column on food for The Daily Telegraph.[20]

James Morton is aiming for a career in medicine but has written a book on bread, titled Brilliant Bread, published on 29 August 2013.[21][22] He writes a baking column for the Scottish newspaper Sunday Mail.[23]

Brendan Lynch is teaching cookery classes.[24][25][26]

Cathryn Dresser and Sarah-Jane Willis teamed up to open a stall at Horsham Market.[27][28] Dresser wrote a baking book for children and parents titled Let's Bake, published on 22 May 2014[29] and ran The Little Handcross Bakery[30] in Handcross, West Sussex between September 2014 and May 2015.


The final of this series had a record overnight figure of 6.5 million viewers, beating every other programme in other channels in its time slot.[31]

Official episode viewing figures are from BARB.[32]

Airdate Viewers
weekly ranking
1 14 August 2012 (2012-08-14) 3.85 1
2 21 August 2012 (2012-08-21) 4.60 1
3 28 August 2012 (2012-08-28) 4.53 1
4 4 September 2012 (2012-09-04) 4.71 1
5 11 September 2012 (2012-09-11) 4.61 1
6 18 September 2012 (2012-09-18) 4.82 1
7 25 September 2012 (2012-09-25) 5.10 1
8 2 October 2012 (2012-10-02) 5.35 1
9 9 October 2012 (2012-10-09) 5.70 1
10 16 October 2012 (2012-10-16) 6.74 1


Airdate Viewers
weekly ranking
The Great British Bake Off Masterclass
1 22 October 2012 (2012-10-22) 2.56 5
2 24 October 2012 (2012-10-24) 2.19 8
3 25 October 2012 (2012-10-25) 2.33 6
The Great British Bake Off Revisited
23 October 2012 (2012-10-23) 2.76 4
The Great British Bake Off, Christmas Masterclass
18 December 2012 (2012-12-18) 3.48 2
The Great British Bake Off, Easter Masterclass
26 March 2013 (2013-03-26) 2.76 3


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