DOUGH! She survived a gooey mudslide and a frog stencil ear-bashing but it was a bread sculpture that was the architect of this Great British Bake Off contestant’s downfall.
But in last night’s show, Dorret Conway, 53, from Penwortham crumbled when it came to her homage to Tracey Emin’s famed sculpture, which she termed ‘unmade bread’.
Sadly, the bake was a little bit too unmade for judge Paul Hollywood’s liking, who thought it was raw in the middle.
But it was Mary Berry who had some stinging criticism for the fact that Dorret had not attempted to practice the piece at home.
She said: “To not test and try the show-stopper at home was a mistake and Dorret has found that out.”
But Dorret wished she could have spent longer in the competition and joked that she had some ideas for the culinary duo to try that she had tried at home.
She said: “It would have been nice to stay a little bit longer, I’ve got some recipes I have actually practised!”
Dorret had won hearts across the land by shedding a tear in episode one of the hit BBC baking show when her showstopper cake collapsed into a pool of chocolate.
The BAE Systems project manager thought her dreams were dashed but she went on to rise to glory by winning the technical round in biscuit week.
But the mother-of-one has vowed to carry on baking.
My worst moment was in Episode 3 when I said I hadn’t practised my bread and you could see by Mary and Paul’s faces that they weren’t happy.Dorret Conway
She said: “My worst moment was in Episode 3 when I said I hadn’t practised my bread and you could see by Mary and Paul’s faces that they weren’t happy. At the end of the day you have to remember it’s a baking competition and at home I don’t make bread sculptures!
“I am never going to stop baking but I won’t be baking under pressure.”
But fans of the show were tipped off about Dorret’s imminent departure by Berry yesterday before the show aired.
She slipped up in an interview on Chris Evans’ early morning radio show and revealed to the nine million listeners that Dorret had not risen to the top.
And Dorret said her topsy turvy experience – that saw her claim, much to fan’s shock, that it was ‘just a cake’ was like a rollercoaster.
She said: “The only moment it really dawned on me that I was actually in the Bake Off tent was when the chocolate cake went wrong in episode one.
“It’s not just a cake – that was funny to see the reaction come out on Twitter.
“I was dreading episode one – my husband and all my friends, along with the rest of the nation were seeing it for the first time – I hadn’t told a soul the outcome. I knew what was coming but of course I hadn’t seen the tension that was building in the episode.
“It became known as ‘Mudslide’ on Twitter and I got incredible support, which was great because at the time it was quite traumatic!
“I really thought I was going home particularly when Sue said ‘ you are not going home’!
“It was such a wonderful feeling when the public got on my side.”