Since the start of the new series of The Great Celebrity Bake Off, I’ve made madeleines, fruit turnovers and now stained glass biscuits. I’m always keen to expand my baking repertoire so I decided to follow some of the challenges set by Paul and Prue.
I’ve always been more of a cake than a biscuit person, after all who can resist a generous wedge of homemade Victoria sponge…? But this week I made colourful ginger biscuits using the recipe on The Great British Bake Off website.
The instructions looked pretty straightforward, however, it was described as ‘needs skill’ so I was slightly apprehensive. The ingredient list also called for ground nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and I was out of all of them, so settled for a jar of mixed spice I had leftover from Christmas.
Needless to say, they turned out really well and they were fun to make. Making the dough was easy as I simply shoved everything into my stand mixer and even though I didn’t have the correct sized cookie cutters, I improvised and they came out fine.
I found a pack of fruit boiled sweets (which reminds me of my grandparents) from Tesco and crushed them using a rolling pin before filling the centre of each cookie with them. The biggest tip I can share is to make sure you leave your biscuits to cool down on the baking tray when you pull them out of the oven.
Not only is the sugar centre boiling hot, they are likely to fall apart if you risk trying to devour one too early. My second tip is to bring them out of the oven after the suggested 7-8 minutes even if they don’t look cooked.
They will continue to firm up during the cooling process. In hindsight, mine were a tad on the crunchy side. Aside from that, I recommend giving them a try, especially if you have children, as there’s plenty of scope to get creative with the icing on top.
To follow the recipe visit thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk/recipes/all/stained-glass-ginger-biscuits.
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