"The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" Season 5 Premieres THURSDAY DEC 12 9|8c

"The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" Season 5 Premieres THURSDAY DEC 12 9|8c

On your marks, get set, bake! The most festive and friendliest competition on television returns with hosts Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) and Anthony "Spice" Adams, and judges Paul Hollywood (The Great British Baking Show) and three-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard. The heat is on when 10 bakers enter the tent in the two-hour season five premiere of The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition THURSDAY DEC 12 9|8c on ABC!

Based on the hit U.K. series The Great British Baking Show, The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition features bakers from across the country battling through 24 total challenges with six challenges throughout each two-hour themed episode. The premiere From sweet and savory cakes—including the surprise ingredient of olive oil—to baking bread for the man who literally wrote the book on the subject, these bakers put their best recipes and technical knowledge to task in the premiere, "Cake and Bread Week," with the contestants all hoping to receive the coveted "Hollywood Handshake" and the title of "America's Best Amateur Baker."