The Great British Bake Off 2016, episode two – live

It’s biscuit week! Who will deliver when it comes to the crunch, and who will crumble at the first hurdle? Follow all the action along with us live 7.42pm BST While we’re waiting for our ovens to warm up, don’t forget to add your pics of baking successes and disasters to Guardian Witness, using the big blue button at the top.Also here’s this week’s Bake Off Bingo…an own-label pink wafer for any occurrence of the following: 4.16pm BST Evening all, and welcome to this week’s Great British Bake Off liveblog! Last week’s cake shenanigans (sponsored by the words “drizzle” and “genoise”) kicked off the new series nicely, but my blistered fingers have only just recovered from a frantic first liveblog. Tonight is Biscuit Week, so expect Mary’s molars to be given their first proper test of the series. Which jammy dodger will be this week’s Star Baker, and who will be on the receiving end of Paul’s chocolate finger of doom? Continue...

‘I wanted to be Willy Wonka’: How Gene Wilder inspired future pastry chefs

Wilder’s role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory resonated with children everywhere – but also in the hearts and minds of generations of chefsThe birth of Willy Wonka predated Gene Wilder’s embodiment of him by seven years. Dahl’s book first appeared in 1964; Mel Stuart’s adaptation came in 1971. But with Wilder’s passing last week, the world also mourned the passing of the man synonymous with that of the mercurial candy man. Related: Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and Mel Brooks comedies, dies aged 83 Continue...

In praise of Yotam Ottolenghi’s pomegranate molasses | Brief letters

Beach safety | The new epoch | Exotic ingredients | Snooker without a cueIt is good to learn that on beaches on the other side of the Channel the safety of bathers is assured (Letters, 30 August). No doubt after the string of fatalities on this side the government will make it a statutory obligation for local authorities to provide similar measures. But, as with all the other obligations heaped on our cash-strapped local bodies, this will come neither with extra resources nor the flexibility to raise them through raising council tax levels. One day people might realise that if you vote to cut taxes you might be voting to cut your life expectancy.Paul GarlandSaffron Walden, Essex• Noting the arrival of a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene (Report, 30 August): in view of our headlong rush towards the abyss, surely “Gadarene” would be more appropriate?Richard MartinSutton Benger, Wiltshire Continue...

Recipe swap: share your pie filling recipes

Share your pie filling recipes with us for a chance to have them printed in CookFor your chance to be crowned Guardian home cook of the year, share your pie filling recipes. Email recipes@theguardian.com, upload them via the GuardianWitness buttons here or post them on Instagram @guardian_cook #RRS #piefillings by noon on Wednesday 7 September. Selected recipes will appear in Cook and online on 17 September.You can share your pie filling recipes by clicking on the ‘Contribute’ button on this article. You can also use the Guardian app and search for ‘GuardianWitness assignments.’ Continue...

Recipe swap: share your student life recipes

Share your student life recipes with us for a chance to have them printed in CookFor your chance to be crowned Guardian home cook of the year, share your student life recipes. Email recipes@theguardian.com, upload them via the GuardianWitness buttons here or post them on Instagram @guardian_cook #RRS #students by noon on Wednesday 7 September. Selected recipes will appear in Cook and online on 1 October.You can share your student life recipes by clicking on the ‘Contribute’ button on this article. You can also use the Guardian app and search for ‘GuardianWitness assignments.’ Continue...