Bake Off was back last night on BBC2, four months early and looking a little different. Instead of Paul, Mary and 12 eager amateur bakers in a bunting-clad tent we had teams of professional pastry bakers, Tom Kerridge and three brand-new judges in an imposing manor house.
GBBO lovers were incredibly excited about Bake Off Creme de la Creme, but let’s just say we weren’t immediately enamoured…
— Laura Kelly Dunlop (@laurakaykelly) March 30, 2016
Think #GBBOCreme ‘s for a different audience entirely.. All a bit mean and unfunny and stressful ☹️
— Lucy Butler (@lucybtlr) March 29, 2016
The new judges seemed a bit, well, mean…
These apple things all look amazing. These judges are WELL HARSH. #GBBOCreme
— Steph alittlebutalot (@eenalol) March 30, 2016
— Beckys Biscuit Bases (@BiscuitBases) March 29, 2016
And there was bitchiness amongst the bakers. And swearing. On Bake Off.
Shame children cannot watch #GBBOCreme , too many beeps ??
— Jennifer Lamboll (@JenniferLamboll) March 29, 2016
— Stephen M Goldsmith (@goldpolisher) March 29, 2016
Outrage in Britain: The country's most popular baking show is no longer polite enough #GBBOCreme How f-ing dare they.
— Alice Soulard (@TextAPostcard) March 29, 2016
Absolutely no one in #GBBOCreme is enjoying themselves.
— Stacey (@theprettybooks) March 29, 2016
But don’t get us wrong, it’s not like we hated it. It just wasn’t what we were expecting.
— jules (@jules0455) March 30, 2016
— Julia Smythe (@Ju21) March 29, 2016
— Jennifer Boyle (@LazyCyclist_) March 29, 2016
I think #GBBOCreme is far better if you consider it totally divorced from the gentle warmth of Bake Off & see it as a brand new competition.
— Chloe. (@aseptembersky) March 29, 2016
We were impressed by the bakers’ magical skills…
— Richard Burr (@RichardPBurr) March 29, 2016
#GBBOCreme at last a wonderfully constructed programme focusing on skill and talent of professionals in THEIR field of expertise! Love it ??
— Luke Butcher (@luke_batch) March 29, 2016
There was some real magic at work during #GBBOCreme! I wish I possessed that level of patisserie skill ?
— rach (@_youknown0thing) March 29, 2016
Our mouths were still watering…
#GBBOCreme I think I just put on 10lb watching that *drools*
— Anne Steele ? (@anneoftheshire) March 29, 2016
I challenge you to watch #GBBOCreme and resist the temptation of having something sweet ? I couldn't ?
— Anz (@annabelcrewdson) March 29, 2016
And we liked presenter Tom Kerridge…
Tom Kerridge was the saving grace of #cremedelacreme. He was far funnier and nicer than everyone else.
— Emma Daly (@emmadaly6) March 30, 2016
But it’s not going to get anyone attempting their own bread lion or biscuit tower:
— AnnieMacC (@tubbybitch10) March 30, 2016
Hardly "bake off" more like " lots of whispering and gluing things", learnt diddly, boring?? #GBBOCreme
— Mark Summers (@MarkAndSumm2364) March 29, 2016
I guess we just all missed Mary Berry, eh?
— ivs? (@ivyhaddonsilver) March 29, 2016
Bake Off Creme de la Creme continues on Tuesdays at 8:00pm on BBC2