With The Great British Bake Off back on our screens, the evenings are certainly brighter, as our favourite bakers and hosts continue to delight us with innuendos, soggy bottoms, and outlandishly colourful shirts.
Hosting duo Noel Fielding and Sandy Toskvig returned to the baker's tent with their usual balance of gothic charm and sunny sense of humour and, by the looks of things, the tenth series is set to take the biscuit.
Our merry band of bakers "mooved" into uncharted territory as they tackled the show's first Dairy Week. No doubt introduced in response to last year's Vegan Week, which drew almost as much criticism as praise online, this week the bakers were challenged to create delicious and inspired works of art from everything milky, cheesy and yogurty.
Now, it should go without saying that dairy has factored massively in the show since day one - it's far from oat milk these bakes were raised! But it's a new theme, which means even more yummy inspiration, so we're not complaining.
The remaining 10 contestants were first tasked with baking a dairy cake, meaning the mixture must contain a cultured dairy product such as yoghurt or buttermilk. Michael stumbles right out the gate, adding too much moisture to his lemon sour cream cake with a raspberry cheesecake swirl, while Helena's ghost-shaped cake charms fellow goth Noel into swoons.
The technical was an obscure one, 12 "maids of honour", a Tudor bake that Henry VIII supposedly loved made of pastry, lemon curd and cheese curd filling. Priya falls behind early on, leading to bakes that are not edible, while Steph comes out on top.
Finally, the showstopper were mishti, Indian milk sweets typically served at special occasions. Michael impresses again with his mishti in the colours of the Indian flag, combining flavours of mango, pistachio, lemon and rose.
Despite fierce competition from David this week, it was Steph who emerged as the star baker, wowing with her flawless technical bake, mishti flavoured with rose, pistachio, mango, date and walnut and sumptuous chocolate and raspberry buttermilk cake.
To the dismay of many viewers, as well as himself, it was Phil who was sent home in the end, tripping up on his lacklustre rosewater dairy cake and his garden-inspired mishti, which had too-strong flavours. Clearly shocked by the news, he left the tent sadly after some consistently solid baking.
"Curse the Dairy Week", he said as he was eliminated. This didn't happen in Vegan Week, we're just saying.
Speaking about why he was sent home, judge Paul Hollywood said: "It was a little bit boring, a little bit too simple. I think he struggled a bit in his showstopper, which is why sadly Phil had to leave."
If there's one thing more satisfying than thinking up food puns, it's catching up on the hot-takes, declarations of love and the conspiracy theories that go down on Twitter:
#GBBO— 𝕶𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝕽𝖎𝖈𝖍𝖆𝖗𝖉 𝕴𝕴 (@HisMajestieRII) September 17, 2019
Michelle every 5 seconds: "Because I'm Welsh, I'm baking Llewiddegoghhhddlloffddljlldd which is 'cake' in Welsh. Btw I'm Welsh."
Also Michelle: "I don't know what a Tudor Rose is, because I'm Welsh"
Henry Tudor: pic.twitter.com/Y80NoVUGdF
New favourite saying?
betrayed by my bundt #GBBO— Michael Chakraverty (@mschakraverty) September 18, 2019
Don't mess up
When there's no dancing goth
When that brexit advert comes up and everyone comes crashing back to reality that the world isn't full of kind people baking delicious sweets as a goth dances around them #GBBO pic.twitter.com/IRH7MLIt2a— Charlotte S (@CharSherm111) September 17, 2019
Michael: How are you not crying?— Bella Davis (@BellaDa60428453) September 17, 2019
Priya: I don't have enough time
Priya is a mood #GBBO
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