Fans of the Great British Bake Off 2020 have called out Paul Hollywood for telling Prue Leith to be ‘open-minded’ about baked beans… after previously refusing to eat gherkins.
Last night’s episode of Bake Off saw the contestants take on a series of retro challenges for 80s week, making a variety of quiches for the signature challenge, finger doughnuts for the technical and ice cream cakes for their showstoppers – a tough ask on a sweltering day in the tent.
Lottie Bedlow, who became the seventh baker to leave the tent last night, decided to take inspiration from a traditional English breakfast for one of her quiches, including the somewhat unusual ingredient of baked beans.
As she set about making her quiches, Paul and Prue discussed her recipe choice as they sat to the side.
‘Lottie is including baked beans. I hate baked beans,’ Prue said, to which Paul replied: ‘You’ve got to be open-minded about this Prue.’
‘Exactly. We’re to taste it as if we have no prejudices at all,’ Prue responded, with Paul adding: ‘But we do.’
Several Bake Off fans found it ironic that Paul told Prue to be ‘open-minded’ about the baked beans, considering just last week Lottie and fellow baker Mark Elliott removed gherkins from their steamed bun recipes after Paul expressed his hatred for them.
‘Did @PaulHollywood just tell @PrueLeith to be more open minded about baked beans??? After all that fuss about pickles last week???’ one Twitter user wrote.
‘Yeah. Gotta be open minded haven’t you, Paul Hollywood. Can’t ask for something to be baked without an ingredient you don’t like, that would Never ever happen would it, Paul Hollywood?!’ another Bake Off fan said.
When the time came for the judges to try Lottie’s quiches, luckily for Prue, the judge couldn’t seem to taste the baked beans, with the black pudding being the overpowering flavour.
However, Lottie’s bakes this week were unable to help her stay in the competition.
Following her elimination, Lottie wrote a sweet goodbye letter urging fellow amateur bakers to sign up for next year’s competition.
The Great British Bake Off airs Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.