Well, well, well. We thought when people talked about using ‘naughty’ ingredients in their baking, they were reaching for the double cream. But last night, Howard showed off his Date and Hemp Yorkshire Loaf.
Now, to ensure lovely Howard (and Mary Berry’s) reputations remain intact, hemp flour and hemp oil are perfectly legit baking ingredients, and do not contain any of the active compunds found in certain other products that emenate from the plant also known as marijuana.
Nevertheless, in the Bake Off tent it was like Howard had presented the loaf with his trousers around his ankles. The tent was practically blushing.
Mary asked lots of thoughtful questions. Host Sue Perkins tried to answer them delicately.
And Twitter found the whole thing hilarious…
Mary knows what hemp is… She has a few fields… #gbbo
— John Whaite (@John_Whaite) September 24, 2013
Mary should have crumbled Howard's loaf into a pipe and smoked it. #GBBO
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) September 24, 2013
— innocent drinks (@innocent) September 24, 2013
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 24, 2013
Watching great British bake off with my mam and after Howard said he was using hemp she turned to me and said "space cake"
— Jess. (@Jessticles_) September 25, 2013
I really want the camera to just pan past Howard blazing up outside the marquee at some point. #gbbo
— Chris Rubery (@Chrisrubery) September 24, 2013
— Nicola Holman (@nicola_ruth) September 24, 2013