Love for the Great British Baking Show

A home cook and baker analyzes the technical challenges for the first four seasons of this much-loved series.

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I get warm fuzzies from baking. This is especially true once the rainy season starts in Seattle. My 8-year-old daughter also fell in love with mixing ingredients, putting them in the oven and delighting in the warm, comforting sweetness of delicious treats. I rediscovered the Great British Baking Show and fell in love with the people of Britain from a wide variety of backgrounds all linked by an obsession with baking.

The dots in the concentric circles represent technical challenges by season, detailed in the next steps.


While not all of the recipes in this list are sweet enough to be considered desserts, many of them have sugar. The data for this little project was gathered by hand while drooling over the photos.

Some of the special themes were moved into the "miscellaneous" category, such as the "Tutor" and "Victorian" categories. I had to remind myself that biscuits are cookies in British parlance.


My neighbor recently started plotting with me to start a "chicken share". Get a few hens, split the responbility of raising the girls as well as the bounty of eggs. I particularly thought that having a few blue eggs would be nice. But in my fantasy of urban chickens, would there acutally be enough eggs for the recipes called for on the Great British Baking Show?

Clearly no. There are some crazy outliers like Charlotte Royale that are over the top with 14 eggs.


So after looking at the egg factor, I just need to know.. what's going on with one of my favorite flavors, chocolate? Apparently not very much. Out of all the technical challenges, only a few include chocolate.


Please let me know if you have any feedback!


This story was put together rapidly because I wanted to get it out before Thanksgiving. Thank you to Amber Thomas from The Pudding for telling me about Scrollama just days after it was released by Russell Goldenburg.