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From cookies to oatcakes to biscotti, here's a comprehensive list of every 'GBBO' breakfast treat

Monica Burton
February 06, 2018

The Great British Bake Off is not technically a show about breakfast, but breakfasts you will find—162 breakfasts to be exact. I combed through the Great British Bake Off Wikipedia archives, picking out the breakfast bakes from the treacly puddings and savory pie monstrosities. I did not include every single loaf of bread, because it is rare that one eats a loaf of bread for breakfast. Nor did I include chocolate cake, even though chocolate cake for breakfast is now officially a thing. Included, though, are breads that are specific tea and coffee accompaniments. Technical bakes count once, because everyone made the same breakfast in these cases, but I called out each signature and showstopper bake, even when the entire bake was basically breakfast themed, as when everyone prepared at two kinds of bagels during the bread week showstopper in season 3. The count would have been higher, if British biscuits were American biscuits, but they’re not. They’re cookies. Just one of those British peculiarities, which also includes a number of British and European baked goods even more obscure than oatcakes

As with any list, this one is subjective. Although you may in fact eat savory palmiers for breakfast on the regular, I think they’re more of a party snack, so you won't find them here. Are biscotti breakfast? Because they tend to be served with coffee and tea, I say yes. In keeping with the spirit of GBBO, I hope these choices remain free from drama or controversy. In advance of the Series 7 final, behold and be inspired by the breadth of breakfasts on the best baking show of our time. 

Series 1 

Biscuit Week 

David’s Cheddar Cheese and Rosemary Oatcakes 

Bread Week 

Miranda’s Walnut and Apricot Bread

Miranda’s Lemon Iced Buns 

Miranda’s Chocolate and Orange Buns

Ruth’s Maple and Pecan Bread 

Ruth’s Cranberry Bagels 

Jonathan’s Lemony Honey Bun 

Jonathan’s Walnut and Apple Roll

Jonathan’s Chelsea Buns

Jasminder’s Mango and Sultana buns

Jasminder’s Pain au Chocolat with Mars Bars

David’s Walnut and Seed Roll

David’s Red Berry and Almond Bun 

Series 2

Tart Week 

Ben’s Chorizo, Pepper and Gruyere Cheese Quiche

Holly’s Pesto Quiche 

Joanne’s Caramelized Onion, Gruyere, and Thyme Quiche

Mary-Anne’s Roasted Cauliflower Cheese, and Caramelized Onion Quiche

Robert’s Smoked Bacon and Kale Quiche 

Simon’s Smoked Haddock and Watercress Quiche with Dill Crust 

Urvashi’s Crab, Coriander, and Coconut Quiche 

Yasmin’s Smoked Haddock and Watercress Quiche  

Bread Week

Ben’s Walnut, Raisin and Rosemary Loaf 

Robert’s Blueberry Brioche rolls 

Janet’s Apple and Walnut Granary Rolls 

Holly’s Walnut Rolls 

Biscuit Week 

Patisserie Week

Holly’s Apricot, Macadamia and White Chocolate Pinwheels

Holly’s Almond Croissants

Holly’s Apple, Raisin, and Cinnamon Plaits 

Janet’s Pain Aux Raisin

Janet’s Plain Croissants

Janet’s Pain Au Chocolat 

Joanne’s Pain Aux Raisin

Joanne’s Chocolate Twists

Joanne’s Banana and Raisin Pastries

Mary-Anne’s Praline Spirals

Mary-Anne’s Alsatian Plaited Danishes 

Series 3

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Bread Week 

James’s Tattie Scones 

Peter’s Bannock Bread 

Stuart’s Bombay Bread 

Brendan’s Chocolate and Vanilla Bagels

Brendan’s Cumin and Gruyere Bagels

James’s Orange, Mint and Chocolate Bagels

James’s Millers’ Sourdough Bagels 

Peter’s Apple and Cinnamon Bagels 

Peter’s Rosemary and Sea Salt Bagels 

Ryan’s Cinnamon and Date Bagels 

Ryan’s Tarragon and Rosemary Bagels 

Victoria’s Saffron and Golden Raisin Bagels 

Victoria’s Porcini Bagels

Stuart’s Cinnamon and Cranberry Bagels

Stuart’s Tomato and Thyme Bagels 

Sweet Dough Week

Cathryn’s Lady Arundel’s Manchet 

Danny’s Bakewell Chelsea Buns

James’s Easter Chelsea Buns 

John’s Cherry and Almond Saffron Buns 

Sarah-June’s Orange, Nutmeg and Saffron Buns

Ryan’s Cha siu bao


James’s Spanish Pithivier with Chorizo and Red Pepper

John’s Italian Sausage and Roasted Vegetable Pithivier 

Series 4

Bread Week

Biscuits and Traybakes Week 

Howard’s Breakfast Traybake 

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Sweet Dough Week 

Christine’s Oxford Nutty Fruit Loaf

Frances’s Chai Tea Loaf

Glenn’s Devonshire Panettone 

Howard’s Date and Hemp Tea Loaf

Ruby’s Citrus Tea Loaf 

Beca’s Chocolate and Rum-Soaked Prune Brioches 

Beca’s Cardamom-Spiced Lemon Iced Buns

Frances’s Hot Cross Brioches 

Frances’s Rhubarb and Custard Kolaches 

Glenn’s Almond and Apricot Brioches

Glenn’s Sticky Caramel Kanelbullen

Howard’s Peachy Buns 

Kimberly’s Double Chocolate and Hazelnut Brioches

Kimberly’s Danish Kanelsnurrer 

Ruby’s Twisted Swedish Kanelbullar 

Ruby’s Saffron St. Lucia Buns 

Semi-Final Week

Beca’s Beetroot and Salmon Choux Puffs

Series 5

Pastry Week

Advanced Dough Week

Chetna’s Chocolate Mousse Filled Doughnuts 

Chetna’s Braided Doughnuts 

Luis’s Mudslide Cocktail Doughnuts 

Martha’s Glazed Lemon and Poppy Seed Doughnuts 

Martha’s Chocolate and Passionfruit Doughnuts

Nancy’s Limoncello and Almond Doughnuts 

Nancy’s Milk Chocolate and Orange Doughnuts

Richard’s Rhubarb and Custard Doughnuts 

Richard’s Toffee Apple Doughnuts 

Chetna’s Date and Walnut Swirl Bread

Martha’s Spiced Plum Iced Bread Swirl 

Nancy’s Lincolnshire Plum Bread 

Richard’s Fruit Swedish Tea Ring 


Richard’s Pear Pain au Chocolat

Richard’s Pain au Lait 

Series 6

Biscuit Week 

Alvin’s Jackfruit, Pistachio and Macadamia Biscotti

Dorret’s Almond and Apricot Biscotti with Amber Sugar Crystals

Flora’s Wedding Biscotti

Marie’s Biscotti Italiano

Mat’s Pistachio, Cranberry, and White Chocolate Biscotti 

Paul’s Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Fig Biscotti

Sandy’s Chocolate Chunk and Hazelnut Biscotti

Tamal’s Cinnamon, Maple, and Cranberry Biscotti

Ugne’s White Wine Biscotti 

Bread Week

Series 7 

Bread Week

Benjamina’s Chocolate, Tahini, and Almond Babka 

Candice’s Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Pecan Brittle Brioche Loaf

Jane’s Chocolate and Cranberry Couronne

Michael’s Chocolate and Chilli Swirl Plait

Selasi’s Chocolate, Orange, and Cinnamon Bread 

Val’s Double Chocolate Cinnamon Twist Loaf 

Batter Week

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Pastry Week

Andrew’s Mum and Dad’s Breakfast Pastries

Benjamina’s ‘Good Morning America’ Swirls

Benjamina’s Peanut Butter and Banana Pinwheels

Jane’s Orange Pain au Raisin

Jane’s Rasberry, Chocolate and Almond Danishes 

Rav’s Cinnamon Swirls

Rav’s Pecan, Walnut, and Maple Plaits 

Selasi’s Rhubarb, Mango, and Ginger Plait 

Selasi’s Pineapple and Coconut Pinwheels

Tom’s Mega Breakfast Bonanzas 

Tom’s Granola Sprials and Wheat Foldovers

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