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GBBO Round-Up: Nadiya Emerges Victorious!The Great British Bake Off reached its conclusion for another year last night as the final three bakers took their places in the tent ready to tackle their last baking hurdles, resulting in much sadness for all at Tower HQ! The final kicked off with an iced bun Signature Challenge, with the bakers asked to create 16 filled iced buns in two flavours of their choice. A seemingly simple task for the accomplished bakers, but with perfectly fluffy, enriched dough to make and a list of fillings as long as your arm, it’s not surprising that the final three looked a little daunted. Tamal, known for his exotic flavour combinations, got to work on his citrus iced buns filled with caramel crème patisserie and apple and vanilla cream, playing it safe by making a single batch of dough for both. This proved to be a good move on his part and despite his crème pat not quite setting in time (and a lack of shine on his icing), he impressed the judges with his expertly produced marmalade filling. Nadiya wowed from the offset, breaking from tradition by creating not only iced fingers but round buns as well - a risky move but one that definitely paid off. She went for cardamom and almond buns as well as nutmeg and sour cherry fingers, and her decision not to batch bake resulted in perfectly formed buns that got a big thumbs up from the judges. Ambitious Ian busied himself with not one, but two varieties of dough, one of which he planned to flavour with elderflower cordial inspired by a recent bike ride. His elderflower fingers filled with lemon curd and spiced apple and cranberry offerings promised a lot but when the spiced buns failed to gain any colour in the oven the plucky contestant realised he’d forgotten to add any sugar to the dough. Not the best move in the Bake Off final! Raspberry mille feuilles were the order of the day for the technical, with Paul admitting to setting a challenge with a strong pastry element as it was something that all three had previously struggled to master. A bit harsh on Paul's part, but hey, it was the final after all. As they tackled rough puff pastry, struggled with candy striped fondant icing, and looked confused about a sugar syrup that nobody quite understood the purpose of, it was all too evident that the challenge was a tricky one. Nadiya came out on top again with her neatly stacked layers while Tamal and Ian didn’t fare so well thanks to messy presentation and undercooked pastry. The final challenge in the tent saw the trio create classic British cakes - single flavoured but multi-tiered and adorned with as many things as they could possibly make in the time given. Ian went for classic carrot cake, Tamal opted for a treacle pudding inspired cake, and Nadiya opted for tangy lemon drizzle. What really impressed was the decoration. Tamal wowed with some sugar work webs while Ian opted for scale with a whopping 5 tiers. Nadiya created a beautiful 3 tier creation inspired by her own wedding celebrations,which she decorated with her wedding jewels and hand crafted sugar flowers. Mr Hollywood was suitably impressed, stating that it was the best tasting final bake they had ever had. After a lot of group hugs and some tears from the bakers as they hung up their aprons and left the tent for the final time, Nadiya was announced as this year’s winner. Even baking stalwart Mary shed a tear as Nadiya was bundled into hugs with her fellow finalists. A big congratulations to Nadiya from us at Tower and hats off to the BBC for making Wednesday evenings something to look forward to.