Bake Off Viewers Horrified As Prue Calls This Week's Bakes "A Complete Mess"

Susannah Alexander
·3-min read
Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

From Delish

The Great British Bake Off featured a disastrous Technical challenge during the tricky Dessert Week as every single baker, in the words of judge Prue Leith, "made a complete mess" of their bake.

The five remaining bakers – Dave, Hermine, Laura, Marc and Peter – were tasked with making a 17th-century sweet delicacy in the form of two Sussex pond puddings, which is a suet-based pudding with a butter and sugar filling and an entire lemon at the centre.

The bakers were immediately a little disconcerted, with Hermine asking: "I mean, does anybody even eat this in 2020?"

The contestants got on with their bakes and it seemed that things were going reasonably well until the bakers placed their puddings onto their plates – and most of them collapsed and started leaking.

By the time the puddings were ready for judging, some of them were in pieces and judge Paul Hollywood declared that "this is going to be an interesting judge".

Laura was chosen as the winner of the Technical Challenge but Prue admitted that while she wanted to say it was "wonderful", she said that Laura's winning effort was "not that much better than the rest".

Following the challenge, Prue admitted that "Sussex pond pudding is my absolute favourite pudding and they made a complete mess of it".

Thankfully, the bakers redeemed themselves with their incredible Signature Challenge jelly-art cakes and their collective Sussex pudding disaster provided excellent entertainment for viewers, who reckoned the task was 2020 summed up:

The Great British Bake Off airs its semi-final next week (yes, already), with the four remaining bakers putting on their aprons and baking a new range of treats to try to earn a place in this year's final.

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