Apples, peaches, pumpkin tart (made with shortcrust pastry)

It’s easy to push reality television aside and call it “idiotic” or “frivolous.” Well okay, there is really a lot of awful shit out there. For some reason, though, baking shows seem to be the exception. The Great British Bake Off is one of my favorite shows ever for no other explanation other than to look at those luscious cakes and biscuits.

Tonight is the finale of the fourth season. It’s been another solid journey of middle-class eccentrics. Finalists Ruby, Kimberley and Francis are all deserving winners and it will be interesting to see who wins tonight. For some reason, the winner always likes to throw everyone for a loop – like the only part of the competition that matters is that last challenge. Maybe I’m just shit at predictions.

There’s a charm in this show that is really undeniable. There’s something fascinating about watching someone bake something that you don’t always get with other competition-based reality shows. Maybe it’s because food is something you can share. Food, like music, is to everyone’s specific tastes, but not too many people can live without either.

My boyfriend jokingly suggested I come up with a song for each finalist. Other than “Hot Cross Buns” and “Do You Know the Muffin Man?” my knowledge of baking songs is about…nonexistent. But a rather short and unusual playlist would include:

  1. “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”  for constantly brooding university student Ruby
  2. “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young for spice-loving Kimberley
  3. “Sugar, Sugar” for the delightful Francis (because there really are no songs for making breads and cakes into matchboxes and bars of soap)

But if you prefer a more traditional bake, stick to Jay & the Techniques’ “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie.”

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