american baking competition finale winner 'American Baking Competition' winner: Brian Emmett, Francine Bryson or Darlene Pawlukowsky?We started with 10 bakers on “The American Baking Competition” and now it’s down to Francine Bryson, Brian Emmett and Darlene Pawlukowsky — who is going to win it all?

The signature bake this week is anything they want, as long as they incorporate Georgia’s state crop, the peanut. It has to be more or less the star of the dish. Darlene makes a peanut cake roll, Brian makes a peanut vanilla chiffon roll and Francine makes a spiced peanut peanut butter torte.

The two cake rolls go over well, while Francine’s crazy peanut torte is not loved by the judges. They’re actually kind of hard on her.

The technical bake for the finale is a dozen Boston cream donuts, which is judge’s Paul Hollywood’s recipe. Francine redeems herself by making good donuts, though Darlene gets the best donuts.

The showstopper bake is to make 72 miniature desserts (24 of three different kinds, meringue, pastry and cake) inspired by the American flag. Yikes.

Darlene goes with coconut mini-cakes, peach & grit tartlets and firework meringues. Brian makes raspberry white chocolate mini-cakes, mascarpone & berry tartlets and white chocolate popcorn meringues. And Francine makes coconut mini-cakes, peaches & cream choux puffs and blueberry cream meringues.

Darlene’s attempts fall a little short, Francine is in the middle, while Brian’s desserts get mostly positive remarks.

At the patriotic barbecue, the finalists’ family members are there to find out who is named the winner.

And the best baker is … Brian Emmett! Wow, that was surprising a little, but his showstopper baker was clearly the best. He wins $250,000 and a cookbook deal — and apparently a job from Paul Hollywood!

What do you think? Did the right baker win?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."