Great British Bake Off fans were left raging as the contestants were given an ‘impossible’ technical challenge in dessert week.
With a place in next week’s semi-final at stake, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith were never going to make it easy for the bakers to get there.
However, those watching on from home weren’t impressed when Prue set the task of making two Sussex pond puddings for the technical challenge.
They were asked to dish up a suet pastry, filled with an entire lemon, and served with a creme anglaise – all within two-and-a-half hours.
Marc, Peter, Hermine, David and Laura were left scratching their heads at the steamed pudding, which the judge announced was one of her ultimate favourites.
Things got even worse for the gang when they were informed that they wouldn’t have time to restart their creations, which meant there was no room for error.
Every amateur baker struggled under the pressure, with many serving up raw, uncooked pastry.
Laura eventually won the round, but Prue insisted that hers was ‘barely better’ than everyone else’s.
Viewers were baffled by the task, with some stating that the challenge was ‘impossible’ – as no one was given enough time.
Flocking to Twitter, a follower moaned: ‘Little bit behind on #GBBO but surely if they are all raw, they weren’t given enough time to actually steam it!!??’
‘Is it right that I’m still annoyed that I don’t think they were given long enough to steam their technical puddings…? Grr #GBBO,’ another fumed.
‘That technical was impossible and also looked vile #GBBO,’ one stated.
‘Why set a task that is impossible. Omg. #GBBO’, a fan agreed.
A Twitter user added: ‘Well that technical shafted every proficient and consistent competitor in the series. #GBBO.’
It was a bittersweet dessert week in the tent for Marc, who was booted out of the competition just before the semi-final.
Speaking about his exit, he insisted he was feeling ‘surprisingly okay’ about the departure.
‘I am so pleased to have made it to the quarter final,’ he said. ‘I didn’t expect at all to get this far, so I feel it has been a great experience and I am so happy that my two daughters got to share it with me.
’I came to Bake Off to face my anxiety, to face failure, to face all those things that people are quite uncomfortable about dealing with.
‘I’ve definitely learnt a bit more about myself, and, from what people have said, to give myself a bit more credit, which I don’t!’
‘I will be watching with my girls from here on, it’s going to be a bit more of a relaxed viewing now I am not in it,’ he added. ‘It will be great to watch the remaining bakers go through to the semi-final and the final.’
Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesdays, at 8pm, on Channel 4.