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Who will be crowned SA’s best amateur baker in 2017?

Meet the finalists for this year's 'The Great South African Bake Off': Desmond Solomon, Simmi Ramnarian and Bianca Breytenbach.

Finalists of 'The Great South African Bake Off': Desmond Solomon, Simmi Ramnarian and Bianca Breytenbach. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – 1,2,3 and bake!

After eight weeks of non-stop challenges, it comes down to three bakers battling it out to be crowned South Africa’s best amateur baker 2017 on the TV show The Great South African Bake Off.

It has been a whirlwind of flour, eggs and a lot of sugar.

It really is bake or break time for the three finalists who are representing Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town

Meet finalist 1 – Desmond Solomon (Johannesburg)

Solomon has won audiences over with his funny charm and baking capabilities.

On being in the final he said: “When I first applied to be on the show, I thought that I would perhaps make it past week one, but never thought that I would get to the final!”

Best bake: Lebanese croquembouche with chocolate, orange & halva
Star baker: Pie and Tart week
Baking fail: A raw six strand braided honey bread

Meet finalist 2 – Simmi Ramnarian (Durban)

Ramnarian is packed with baking knowledge and a master connoisseur when it comes to big, bold and tantalising flavours.

On being in the final, she said: “I am totally thrilled to have made it to the final. I think that I am proof of the fact that you should take risks and do more of what you love in life.”

Best bake: Cumin bread pot filled with plaited dinner rolls
Star baker: Once - semi-final
Baking fail: "Little baby" uncooked custard slices

Finalist 3 – Bianca Breytenbach (Cape Town)

Bianca is perhaps the underdog going into the final this week, with a couple of close calls in the bake-off tent.

On being in the final, she said: “Wow. I am still in shock that I have made it here to the final. I am excited to see what the final has in store as I definitely still have a few tricks up my sleeve.”

Best bake: Ndebele swiss roll with marula cream
Star baker: Once - retro week
Baking fail: Flooding apple pie with probably the soggiest bottom in Bake Off history

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