Top Moments from Episode 5 of Holiday Baking Championship

Browse photos from the Great Holiday Traditions episode and find out whose breakfast best delivered on the holiday spirit and whose didn't.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Questioning a Classic Combination

For their pre-heat challenge the bakers must use hot chocolate and peppermint in their treats. "The hot cocoa? I think I got it," says Naylet. She's unhappy with the peppermint, though: "For me peppermint should just be for brushing your teeth." But she settles on cake doughnuts that combine both flavors.

Baking with a "Spark of Genius"

Erin starts out making hot chocolate pots de creme with peppermint, but unfortunately time isn't on her side. "I can save this by taking it out of the water bath and putting it back in the oven," she says, switching to a baked pudding. Nancy loves it, calling it "just the right amount of chocolate ... [and] peppermint."

"Holiday Love in a Glass"

Hot chocolate brings back memories for Terra, who says Christmas "was one of the only times a year that my parents would actually let me have sugar." She makes hot chocolate cakes with peppermint cream. And to serve on the side, she makes a "boozy bourbon shooter" that Nancy calls a "mouthful of pleasure."

Sucker Punch to the Palate

"I don't want it to be subtle. I want it to have punch," says Bill of his decision to use peppermint in both the biscuit dough and the strawberries for his shortcake, serving it with hot chocolate jus. "You're definitely getting a big peppermint punch in the mouth," says Duff. But it's more of a "bomb," says Nancy.

Holiday Cheers and Jeers

Bobby announces that Erin's "creation scored highest for the judges" and the others are envious. "She's the head elf," says Naylet. "I think she's even growing, like, little pointy ears." Erin wins the advantage of being the only baker to use the waffle iron and pancake griddle in the main heat challenge: holiday breakfast.

Regifting with Competitive Spirit

Erin decides she won't need the pancake griddle and regifts it. "You're my biggest competition," Erin tells Bill, who thinks it's a joke. She goads him: "Bring it on, baby." Bill makes pumpkin pancakes with bananas Foster sauce, which Nancy calls "superb." Except for mixed reviews from Duff, the judges love his dishes.

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There's One Saving Grace

Erin makes pumpkin waffles, orange sticky buns and French toast bread pudding. "I've been making this bake for years," she says confident it will be a hit. Unfortunately the judges don't like her plating, "but the bread pudding just shines," says Nancy. Erin worries the negative comments might outweigh the positive.

Not-So Merry Surprise

Taking a risk, Terra makes cream cheese surprise: buns filled with cream cheese. "I'm trying to make this as appealing and tasty as possible," she says, despite the time crunch. Her rolls fall flat, with Duff calling them "very bready," and so do her crepes. But Lorraine says of Terra’s coffee cake: "I could eat this all day."

First-Time Bread-Baker's Luck

"This can either go really well or it can be bad," says Naylet of her first time baking a sweet yeast bread with white chocolate and dried fruit. Duff calls her plate "astoundingly beautiful." And Nancy praises Naylet’s bread, saying, "It's moist, it's chewy, it's just what it should be."

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Determining the Final Three Bakers

Naylet takes the main heat challenge, as Bobby says her "creativity, execution and flavors" were what earned her the win. "I am utterly shocked at this moment," she says. "I am so proud of myself." Bobby also reveals that Bill is advancing to the finale, leaving Erin and Terra in the bottom two.

Exiting Just Short of the Finale

"I'm holding back the floodgates," says Erin as Bobby recalls her unimpressive plating. He reminds Terra that her cream cheese surprise was unsuccessful and announces she must leave. "I'm completely devastated," says Terra. "At least I know I'm leaving feeling proud of what I've accomplished."

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