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Pie in the sky... critics blast Mary Berry's pastry base-free concoction

By Julia Hunt

Mary Berry has stirred up yet another culinary controversy, this time over a simple pie.

The former Great British Bake Off judge has taken some criticism on social media for using white wine, thyme, cream and an oven to create her version of spaghetti bolognese on TV show Mary Berry Everyday.

Now the 81-year-old's hearty potato, leek and cheese pie is at the centre of a new storm, with viewers insisting it was a "casserole with a lid" because it did not have a pastry base.

"That's a pastry lid - not a pie. You're going to give Twitter a meltdown. Disgraceful," snapped one fan on Twitter.

"Sorry Mary, but it's not really a pie if there's no pastry base," said another.

One fan wrote: "That isn't a pie. It has no base. That's just a lid. Disappointed. Would still eat it though," said another disgruntled viewer.

Berry's sticky toffee pudding did not escape unscathed on last night's show, with viewers expressing their disappointment that it did not contain dates. One posted: "Why are there no dates in this #maryberryeveryday sticky toffee pudding? This is madness I tell you, madness!"

Berry's recipes on the BBC programme have been a talking point each week.

As well as 'bolognese-gate', the 81-year-old surprised viewers by stirring garlic into her pizza dough last week, while admitting that she had never had a pizza delivered to her home.

Meanwhile, Paul Hollywood has defended his decision to remain on Bake Off when it moved from the BBC to Channel 4, saying that he works for a production company "not a channel".

Loose Women star Ruth Langsford asked Hollywood how he felt about the backlash last year over his decision to remain on the show while Berry and the other presenters stepped down.

He said: "They were loyal in their own little arenas of what they wanted to do, I was in a different stage of my career.

"And it's my job, and I love doing the Bake Off. And when it moved channels - I'm with the production company, I don't work for a channel, I work for a production company - and my job was always there.

"I didn't want to lose it."

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