Nancy Birtwhistle is the Series 5 (US Season 1) winner. She applied to compete in Series 4 but earned her place in The Tent the following season.

Nancy earned a master's degree in business administration and retired from the National Health Service in 2007. Since competing in The Great British Bake Off, she has taught classes cake judging, teaching in schools and after-dinner speaking. She publishes recipes and showcases her garden, chickens, and guinea hens on her official website.

The Lincolnshire native lives in Barton upon Humber with her husband Tim and is helping her eight grandchildren develop their own baking skills.[1]


Episode 1: Cakes

  • Signature (Swiss Roll): Coffee and Hazelnut Swiss Roll
  • Technical Place (Cherry Cake): 1st
  • Showstopper (36 Classic Miniature British Cakes): Jaffa Orange Cakes

Episode 2: Biscuits

  • Signature (36 Savory Biscuits): Fennel and Rye Thins
  • Technical Place (Florentines): 2nd
  • Showstopper (3D Biscuit Scene): Hansel and Gretel Scene

Episode 3: Bread

  • Signature (12 Rye Bread Rolls): Cider and Walnut Crusty Rolls
  • Technical Place (Ciabatta): 5th
  • Showstopper (Filled Centerpiece Loaf): 'Full English' Stromboli

Episode 4: Desserts

  • Signature (8 Self-Saucing Puddings): Pistachio Puddings with Chocolate Sauce
  • Technical Place (Tiramisu Cake): 4th
  • Showstopper (Baked Alaska): Baked Alaska with Strawberry Surprise

Episode 5: Pies and Tarts

  • Signature (Custard Tart): Pistachio Puddings with Chocolate Sauce
  • Technical Place (Mini Pear Pies): 4th
  • Showstopper (Three-Tiered Pie): Trio of Apple Pies

Episode 6: European Cakes

  • Signature (Yeast-Leavened Cake): Rum Punch Savarin with Coconut Cream and Tropical Fruits
  • Technical Place (Prinsesstårta): 1st
  • Showstopper (Dobos Torte): Chocolate and Caramel Dobos Torte

Episode 7: Pastries

  • Signature (12 Savoury Parcels): Spicy Duck Pasties
  • Technical Place (Kouign-Amann): 2nd
  • Showstopper (24 Éclairs): Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Éclairs, Raspberry Ripple Éclairs

Episode 8: Advanced Dough

  • Signature (Fruit Loaf): Lincolnshire Plum Bread
  • Technical Place (Povitica): 3rd
  • Showstopper (36 Doughnuts): Limoncello and Almond Doughnuts, Milk Chocolate and Orange Doughnuts

Episode 9: Pâtisserie (Semi-Final)

  • Signature (24 Baklava): Coffee and Chocolate Baklava, Breakfast Baklava
  • Technical Place (Schichttorte): 3rd
  • Showstopper (24 Entremets): Raspberry Nonnettes, Lime and Passionfruit Entremets

Episode 10: Final

External linksEdit


  1. 5/29/2014 —


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