PAUL Hollywood has defended setting Bake Off contestants ice cream challenge on the hottest day of the year as furious fans claim it wasn’t fair.
Series favourite Lottie was sent home last night – despite fellow contestant Laura’s disastrous bake.
Putting Paul under pressure for setting the bakers such a tough task, presenter Matt Lucas told him: “Well done to you guys for choosing an ice cream challenge on one of the hottest days of the year.”
Nervously laughing, Paul replied: “We didn’t know that, did we? We didn’t know.”
Comic Matt then looked directly into the camera as he joked: “They knew… Devious.”
This week’s theme was a Bake Off first as it was 80s Week.
First up they had to put their twist on the classic Quiche for the Signature Challenge.
Next a technical that was everyone’s favourite retro sweet treat – custard doughnuts.
Finally, a showstopper that tested the baker’s ability to stay cool as the temperature in the tent heated up, when they had to produce Ice Cream cakes.
But viewers were frustrated by the challenge set by the judges – and claimed Lottie should not have been sent home.
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Someone said: “Why send anyone home this week? Absolutely unfair to make ice cream cakes in that heat! Well done Lottie. Undeserved xXx.”
Another added: “it was so unfair to send anyone home after they had to make ice cream cakes in that heat.”