Maybe it was the stunning showstoppers, maybe it was the Chocolate Mini Roll Controversy, maybe we were just really enjoying ourselves, but we were slightly surprised to admit that during the first episode of Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off, many (whisper it) didn’t really feel the loss of former series stalwart Mary Berry.
But come GBBO week two, biscuit week, and it’s a different story. Fans were quick to point out that one divisive culinary issue would have seen a firm stance from the steely former judge – and that issue involved fondant icing.
To recap, Chris got the boot, Steven took home Star Baker for the second time, there were no Hollywood handshakes and we learnt Flo likes a cocktail and a dance to All About That Bass.
Following a difficult fortune cookie technical, the showstopper round required that the baking hopefuls produce a biscuit board game, which they duly did with varying levels of success.
As they got to grips with their creations, it emerged that some contestants were using shop-bought fondant icing, while others, like Flo, were painstakingly making it from scratch.
If you cast your minds back to 2014, you may remember that in series five Berry absolutely froze Enwezor Nzegwu to the spot via a death stare with a never-before-seen intensity when he admitted his fondant was not handmade.
So this time, many were horrified that new judge Prue Leith not only let the scandalous decoration violation pass, but actively endorsed it.
First there was outrage.
Shop bought fondant? Isn’t that Bake Off illegal? #gbbo— What next (@Petenorwich) September 5, 2017
First of all, ‘Drain Pipes and Ladders’ is not a fucking real game.— Sweary Berry (@SwearyBerry_) September 5, 2017
Second, SHOP BOUGHT FONDANT, you sexy, sexy twat. #GBBO
SHOP BOUGHT FONDANT? This is bake off 2k17 tom, you hunk of man, you can't use shop bought fondant #gbbo— rachel 🍁 (@rchlrnshw) September 5, 2017
Shop bought fondant?! Come on Tom, sort your fucking life out #GBBO— Tom Carter (@TomCarter95) September 5, 2017
Then there was blame.
BEG PARDON, PRUE, YOU *ARE* MEANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN FONDANT #GBBO— Janet❄Lynn (@Weez) September 5, 2017
And then they invoked the Berry.
Many pointed out that in the BBC days, Bezza would never have stood for it.
"Made your fondant but you didn't need to"— Tom Carter (@TomCarter95) September 5, 2017
Mary wouldn't have stood for that shit I'll tell you now. #GBBO
Tom is not making his own fondant. Half expecting to see Mary Berry come charging across the lawn wielding a blunt instrument. #GBBO— Becki Jayne Crossley (@literarypanckes) September 5, 2017
Didn't need to make your own fondant? 😱 hope Mary Berry is not listening #GBBO— Chetna Makan (@chetnamakan) September 5, 2017
Steven was able to get that proddy chessboard all neat because he used STORE BOUGHT FONDANT!!! Bezza wouldn't stand for this #gbbo— 🌐 may z watson 🌐 (@mayzwatson) September 5, 2017
Mary Berry would have loved homemade fondant #gbbo— Kelly Allen (@KellyAllen01) September 5, 2017
So they dont have to make their own fondant anymore? Mary would be disappointed #GBBO— Ellie Bradshaw (@ell2797) September 5, 2017
IF MARY WAS STILL THERE AND SHE HEARD SOMEONE HAD BOUGHT FONDANT INSTEAD OF MADE IT SHIT WOULD HAVE HIT THE FAN #GBBO— ashleigh (@cxroldxnvers) September 5, 2017
Some in, ahem, stronger terms than others.
If Berry wasn’t fond of the C4 move before, we can’t imagine she’s impressed now.
Roll on bread week, say we.
Images: Channel 4