Britain's top show 'The Great British Bake Off' unveils new judge, hosts

Britain's most-watched show, "The Great British Bake Off," has revealed its line-up of hosts and judges as it prepares to launch on its new channel, Channel 4, which outbid the BBC for the U.K. rights to the cooking series last year.

Restaurateur, food writer and novelist Prue Leith will be joining Paul Hollywood as judge on the show, which will be hosted by comedian-writer Sandi Toksvig, and comedian-actor Noel Fielding. Twelve amateur bakers will compete in the eighth season of the show.

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France: Croquembouche

A cone-shaped pile of choux pastry balls wrapped in threads of caramel. Typically served at weddings.

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Luxembourg: Bretzel 

A large pretzel-shaped puff pastry commonly topped with almonds and icing in Luxembourg. During Lent, there is a festival called 'Pretzel Sunday' where men give their girlfriends pretzels to symbolize two lovers arm in arm.

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Germany: Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)

Layers of chocolate sponge cake wedged between sheets of whipped cream and chopped cherries. It is decorated with more cherries, more whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.

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Italy: Sfogliatelle

Shell shaped filled pastries filled with ricotta native to Italian cuisine, especially from Naples.

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Sweden: Princess cake 

A dessert made with layers of pastry cream, sponge cake and whipped cream. It is traditionally topped with green marzipan.

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Norway: Krumkake

Patterned waffle cookies made on a decorated, two-sided iron to give that luxurious texture. Krumkake is traditionally eaten after Christmas Eve dinner. It can be eaten plain or with whipped cream and fruit.

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Switzerland: Vermicelles

Sweetened, puréed chestnut dessert piled on a meringue base and topped with whipped cream.

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Portugal: Pasteis de Nata 

Sweet egg custard baked in puff pastry crusts.

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Belgium: Liege waffle

Waffle made from a thick batter that resembles bread dough. Pearl sugar is mixed into the batter, which caramelizes as it cooks.

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The Netherlands: Poffertjes

Tiny pancakes made of buckwheat and yeast that are baked in a cast iron pan. Typically served with butter and powered sugar.

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Spain: Churros con chocolate caliente

Fried pastry dough in long prism shapes that can be dipped in thick hot chocolate or eaten on its own. Churros are typically eaten for breakfast in Spain, but you can find them around the clock.

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Iceland: Pönnukökur

Crepes that are typically filled with whipped cream or yogurt and topped with fruit. Cherries are shown, but Icelandic people love their rhubarb jam.

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Greece: Koulourakia 

Butter-based biscuit that is typically served at Easter. It is hand-shaped and glazed with an egg wash. They are frequently topped with sesame seeds.

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Ireland: Bread pudding

Warm and hearty, the bread pudding is steamed to achieve a custardy inside and crispy, crusty outside. 

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Finland: Pulla

Sweet dessert bread spiced with crushed cardamon seeds and occasionally raisins. Eat with coffee!

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United Kingdom: Eton Mess

Traditional English dessert consisting of pieces of meringue, cream, and strawberries. The sweet treat is named after Eton College, a secondary school that popularized the dish.

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Denmark: Aeblskiver

Round pancakes made of wheat flour. Batter is poured into little cast iron well pans and turned with a metal knitting needle. Traditionally cooked with apple slices inside, they are now served with jam.

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Austria: Linzer torte 

A buttery, nut-flavored pastry base, topped with a thick layer of jam and a lattice crust. 

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On the BBC version of the show, which ended its run in October with a record 14 million viewers, Hollywood was a judge alongside Mary Berry. The hosts were Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Berry, Giedroyc and Perkins reportedly opted to leave the show.

Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt said: "Paul and Prue have huge amounts of expertise and warmth. I'm looking forward to seeing them putting our great new bunch of amateur bakers through their paces. Sandi and Noel bring a fresh wit and quirkiness to the tent."

Creator and executive producer for Love Productions Richard McKerrow said: "We are honored to have the esteemed Prue Leith join Paul as judge on 'GBBO' and know that Sandi and Noel will bring plenty of fun and warmth to the tent."

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What: Krispy Kreme Luxe Doughnut

Where: Krispy Kreme, Selfridge's (Oxford Street location, London, United Kingdom)

How much: $1,450

Special features: Edible diamonds and 24-carat gold leaves, gold-dusted chocolate flower, served on top of a cocktail that features 500-year-old Courvoisier de L’Esprit Cognac and 2002 Dom Pérignon.

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What: Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence Dessert

Where: The Fortress Resort & Spa (Koggala, Sri Lanka)

How much: $14,500

Special features: Made with a gold leaf Italian cassata and Irish cream served over Dom Perignon alongside a hand-carved chocolate statue of a fisherman and an 80-karat aquamarine stone

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What: Chocolate Pudding

Where: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel (Windermere, United Kingdom)

How much: $35,000

Special features: Infused with champagne jelly, covered in edible gold leaf, handcrafted edible flowers, caviar and a 2-karat white diamond

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What: Golden Opulence Sundae

Where: Serendipity 3 (New York, NY)

How much: $1,000

Special features: Wrapped in edible gold leaf and the extremely rare Venezuelan Chuao chocolate, served in a Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet

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What: Three Twins Ice Cream "World's Most Expensive Ice Cream Sundae"

Where: Three Twins Ice Cream (San Francisco, CA)

How much: $3,333.33

Special features: Covered in syrups made from a vintage port, a Chateau D’Yquem and a German Trockenbeerenauslese, served with a 19th Century collectors spoon.

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What: Strawberries Arnaud

Where: Arnaud's Restaurant (New Orleans, LA)

How much: $3,900,000

Special features: Strawberries marinated in vintage port, served with a 7.09-karat pink diamond

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What: Platinum Cake

Where: Custom made by pastry chef Nobue Ikara (Japan)

How much: $130,000

Special features: Frosted white cake draped in platinum necklaces, pendants, chains and edible platinum flakes

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What: Frrrozen Haute Chocolate

Where: Serendipity 3 (New York, NY)

How much: $25,000

Claim to fame: Infused with five grams of 24-karat gold, topped with a La Madeline au Truffle that's flowin in from France, served with an 18-karat gold bracelet bedazzled with 1-carat of white diamonds and a golden spoon

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What: Golden Phoenix Cupcake

Where: Bloomsburys Cupcakes (Dubai)

How much: $1,000

Special features: Served on a Villari 24-carat gold empire cake stand, covered in 23-carat edible gold sheets and edible gold dust

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What: Golden Cannoli

Where: Jasper's Restaurant (Kansas City, MO)

How much: $26,000

Special features: Edible gold leaf shell, served with a diamond necklace

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