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Great British Bake Off Tudor Week: Andrew Smyth gives viewers a knight to remember

Great British Bake Off's Benjamina Ebuehi has become the eighth contestant to be eliminated from the tent after foods from the Tudor period proved to be her downfall.

The 24-year-old from London had previously impressed judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with her intricate flavours and baking techniques.

But she failed to master Tudor week and was handed her marching orders.

Ebuehi said: 'It was an absolutely amazing experience - intense and exhausting but so much fun at the same time.

"My family and my twin sister were thrilled that I got to the quarter-finals, and they are really really proud of me.

"I didn't want to leave in week one and I also really wanted to get star baker somewhere along the line, so I feel I have achieved those two things!"

This week the bakers were given three all-new challenges - having to create a display of shaped pies for the signature bake, a dozen Tudor jumbles in the technical and a marzipan centrepiece for the showstopper.

Hollywood thought Ebuehi's chipotle pork and spiced black bean pies looked a bit "rushed", and her attempt at jumbles saw her end up in fourth place out of the five remaining contestants.

The judges also noted that the maze on her marzipan showstopper was rather simple and Hollywood thought it felt "quite doughy".

Ebuehi admitted it was her "least favourite" bake - and vowed never to tackle another dish from the Tudor period.

She said: "I just hate marzipan, I think the taste is horrible and so I didn't enjoy that bake at all, it was my least favourite bake of the whole show.

"I will never ever be making a marzipan cake again."

She added: "I'm gonna keep on baking, no marzipan, no Tudor ever in my life."

She said her highlight had been clinching the coveted star baker title in week four, when Berry praised her churros.

Meanwhile Holywood man Andrew Smyth won praise for his Leonardo da Vinci-inspired mechanised pie but his knight on horseback was less impressive. Judges observed that the marzipan jousting knight had a poorly placed pole.

"The jousting pole really should have gone on the hand," judge Paul Hollywood sniggered.

Ebuehi also revealed that she has put her teacher training on hold while she explores baking opportunities.

She said: "I think it is because Bake Off has given me new confidence to take my baking to a different level, and I just want to go for it now.

"I would so love to have my own coffee shop one day with my own bakes - that would be my ultimate dream."

There was better news for Bake Off hopeful Candice Brown, who clinched the coveted title of star baker.

The 31-year-old from Bedford wowed the judges with her ox cheek and oyster and macaroni cheese pies, and she scooped first place in the technical with her jumbles.

But it was her marzipan peacock in the showstopper that really took the judges' breath away.

Hollywood deemed it "exceptional", telling Brown: "You have ticked all the boxes and then some."

"You have really cracked it," added Berry.

A-mazi-ning innuendo

The Great British Bake Off's hosts, judges and contestants are known for serving up some saucy innuendos alongside the dishes.

And this week, as the contestants tackled Tudor-inspired recipes, was no different.

Here are some of the best cheeky remarks of the week:

:: Mel Giedroyc to judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry as they left the tent during the technical challenge:

"Chase Mary around the maze Paul."

:: Jane Beedle, explaining that Hollywood had just given her pies a feel:

"Paul's just given them a squeeze and gave me a look."

:: Benjamina Ebuehi, as she discussed making her pastry:

"My pastry is so wet. It's wetter than normal."

:: Candice Brown, on the perfect consistency for pies:

"To my eye a pie should have a bit of leakage that comes out of the top.

:: Andrew Smyth, talking about his marzipan showstopper:

"I don't think Mary is going to want to see any cracks."

Ebuehi will join Jo Brand on The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice on Friday October 14 at 9.30pm on BBC Two

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