As the Great British Bake Off contestants got to grip with Yorkshire puddings, pancakes and churros, a great debate broke out on Twitter.
Does cooking with batter really count as baking?
With two challenges involving frying rather than baking, viewers were not convinced batter week was a winner.
Technical point. Are pancakes 'baking.' ? Isn't it actually frying? #GBBO— Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) September 14, 2016
Surely pancakes cooked in a deep fat fryer do not constitute 'baking' in anyone's book? Baking involves dry heat cooking not oil. #gbbo— Sporting Nest (@SportingNest) September 14, 2016
Zero baking. Even Yorkshire puddings are essentially fried in the oven. Guess we should get use to them messing with the format now 😥 #GBBO— Jo Galpin (neé Duckworth) (@jojoduckworth) September 14, 2016
Two of them were frying challenges... in a baking competition?!! #GBBO— Chrissie Downing (@tvshowgirl) September 14, 2016
Controversial...but is batter baking? #gbbo— Ally (@Wicko73) September 14, 2016
how is any of it baking are they subtly trying to hack off all the #GBBO viewers before the next series merge into master chef 😳— Sammie (@sammiefeasting) September 14, 2016
#GBBO had 1 round of baking and 2 rounds of frying— Davaldo (@davaldo1) September 14, 2016
Sorry, HOW is baking involved in making pancakes?! #GBBO— Rob Hurley ✈️ (@hurleyb0b) September 14, 2016
There was some dissenting opinion, but it was few and far between.
Of course batter is baking. Before supermarkets we bought our donuts, dorings & yum yums at the wee bakers on the High Street! #GBBO— Designer Diva (@LinDivaFidgin) September 14, 2016
BATTER WEEK!! I am so on board with this. Forget all I said about things that aren't technically baking. #GBBO— 🧛Blood Red Ruby Noir🧛 (@TheRubyNoir) September 7, 2016
The Great British Bake Off continues next Wednesday at 8pm on BBC One.