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Great British Bake Off 2020: Fans livid over ‘despicable’ Cornish pasty challenge

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Great British Bake Off fans were left raging last night after Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith set a Cornish pasty themed challenge during Pastry Week.

The contestants were given the task of creating eight identical Cornish pasties for the signature challenge, however, were given free rein to add their own unique take on it.

As a result, many pointed out that the bakers’ creations would therefore not be ‘Cornish’.

‘Welcome back to the tent for pastry week, and today, Paul and Prue would like you each to make your version of the Cornish national dish, the pasty,’ new presenter Matt Lucas announced.

Co-host Noel Fielding added: ‘You need to make eight identical pasties, you can use any pastry or filling you chose, but feel free to personalise them with a decorative finish.’

Matt continued: ‘They need to be at least 15cm long but they can be any shape you like.’

Linda's samosas on Bake Off

Linda made samosas (Picture: Channel 4)

Prue assured them that it did not need to actually be pasty shaped, but that she wanted to see crimping.

The contestants went to town with their creative ideas, with Hermine making a spice lamb tagine filling, Mark creating an Indian-inspired pasty, Lottie baking a toad in the hole pasty, and Linda making… samosas.

Many viewers were less than impressed though and stated Cornish pasties ‘can’t be any pastry, any filling or any shape.’

‘What fresh hell is this? Just turned on #GBBO to find my Cornish heritage being DESECRATED! This pasty nonsense is the last straw, #2020 *shakes fist at sky*’ blasted one.

Echoing a similar sentiment, another vented: ‘The brief is to make a Cornish pasty. None of them are fulfilling the brief.’


The traditional Cornish pasty, which since 2011 has Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in Europe, is filled with beef, sliced or diced potato, swede and onion, seasoned with salt and pepper, and baked.

The pasty is the food most associated with Cornwall and is regarded as the county’s national dish.

Great British Bake Off airs Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.

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