Last week saw the likes of Sally Lindsay and Georgia Toffolo battle it out for star baker on Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off.
The Great British Bake Off is renowned for its unusual creations, but on last week’s Stand Up To Cancer celebrity special, it was one of the challenges that created the most confusion among viewers and bakers.
Paul Hollywood set the task of making six crumpets as part of the second technical challenge round, but with a twist – they had to be chocolate-flavoured and topped with a black cherry jam.
The four contestants were Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay, I’m a Celebrity winner Georgia “Toff” Toffolo, University Challenge’s Jeremy Paxman and comedian Joe Wilkinson.
Great British Bake Off’s Instagram said, ‘Just when you thought crumpets couldn’t get any better…’ but it doesn’t look like that was an excitement shared by the contestants, including Paxman who, despite a fondness for crumpets, said “I’ve never had a chocolate crumpet, sounds absolutely disgusting!”
Even the other judge couldn’t hold back her confusion at the task. “You are very cruel, Paul Hollywood!” commented a bemused Prue Leith.
Responses from the judges and presenters Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig alike were mixed.
They thought Paxman and Lindsay’s were imperfect, but were very impressed with Wilkinson’s (who would go on to win his own Star Baker apron at the end of the episode), and despite Toffolo poking the holes in her crumpets with a skewer herself, Hollywood thought they didn’t taste “too bad”.
It’s not until autumn that Great British Bake Off returns in its usual format, but this season’s collection of episodes is part of Stand Up To Cancer, a collaboration between Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to raise funds to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research.
So far, The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off has seen celebrities including Russell Brand, Michelle Keegan and James Acaster make their best attempts at baking, alongside stories behind people affected by cancer.
If you want to have your own go at making the chocolate crumpets, the recipe can be found on the Great British Bake Off website.