Bake Off 2019: Searches for fig rolls increase by 200% - but are they cakes or biscuits?

Fig rolls featured on week two of the Great British Bake Off 2019 [Photo: Getty]
Fig rolls featured on week two of the Great British Bake Off 2019 [Photo: Getty]

*Warning GBBO spoilers included.

As anyone who watched last night’s episode of The Great British Bake Off knows, fig rolls featured as the technical challenge.

Biscuits took centre stage in week two of GBBO 2019, with the bakers putting their skillset to the test by attempting to rustle up a batch of 12 perfect fig rolls.

Star baker Alice rose to the occasion, while Jamie struggled and was eventually eliminated.

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The retro favourite is clearly popular with many members of the British public, as, according to research by Sainsbury’s, searches for fig rolls increased by 202% week on week.

But, the challenge also raised an important question: are fig rolls really biscuits or are they, instead, cakes?

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It’s not just the GBBO team who think fig rolls are biscuits. According to the official Wikipedia fig roll page, the fig roll is indeed a biscuit.

It’s unclear where fig rolls originated from, but here in the UK they’re widely sold in most supermarkets. McVitie’s makes them, as does Bolands and Lyons - plus most supermarkets have their own brand range.

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