Thursday 26 April 2018

Mary Berry's succumbs to using blowtorch she dismissed as 'fancy' extravagance on last year's GBBO

Mary Berry gets a blow-torch CREDIT: BBC
Mary Berry gets a blow-torch CREDIT: BBC

Rozina Sabur

She once dismissed it as "fancy" extravagance, but Mary Berry has made a controversial U-turn after admitting she had finally "succumbed" to using a blowtorch.

The former Great British Bake Off judge has been filmed using the cooking gadget to glaze cupcakes in her new cooking show Marry Berry Everyday on BBC Two.

On Monday night's show she will tell viewers: "I have finally succumbed to a blowtorch. I’ve always had a grill up until now. But I have to admit it’s rather efficient."

The kitchen gadget is used to caramelise sugar by heating it until it melts and then cools to form a hard glaze.

Last September the 82-year-old expressed her dismay at Bake Off contestants using blowtorches to finish off their meringues.

The TV chef complained to her fellow judge Paul Hollywood: "I am not too happy that they are nearly all using a blowtorch, and to me meringue topping is best put in the oven to get a crunchiness."

Two years prior to that she went as far as banning "fancy blowtorches" during an episode where contestants were asked to make creme brulees.

Berry said they would not be able to glaze the top with the gadget, telling them: "There weren’t such things as blowtorches when I was young. You did it under a grill."

Her position annoyed some viewers, with one tweeting: "Watching #gbbo again and it has struck me that it should be called Great Ofsted Bake off. It’s their way or the highway. #blowtorch".

That year's winner, Nadiya Hussain, told Berry she was nervous about making the dessert with just a grill because she was "used to the blowtorch method".

However, the celebrity cook has now abandoned her hard-line stance.

In Monday night's show she uses a blow torch to glaze her lemon meringue and strawberry cupcakes to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary with husband Paul Hunnings.

It is not the first controversy Berry's new TV show has provoked. Earlier in the series she admitted that she preferred white wine in a spaghetti bolognese and even added cream – a choice that divided opinion.

She was also ridiculed for baking a dish which she referred to as a "pie", despite it having no pastry bottom.

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