Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Great Swift Bake Off: 2. Biscuits

It's the time of the month that seems to get the most buzz in the office. The expert judge seems to come out of everyone and no two people have the same tasting methodology. It is, all said and done, most excellent! This round we had a slight change in line up, a few new competitors and a couple not competing this time. The end result - seven plates laden with a multitude of biscuits.

For my entry (after extensive testing down the pub on Friday night) I decided to bake a Viennese finger and added a twist with some flavours - ground cardamom and orange zest. The recipe is straight out of Mary Berry's ultimate cake book (1 part icing sugar, 4 parts butter, 4 parts flour + a little raising agent), plus the flavours to taste.

Normally you pipe Viennese fingers but I decided to shape them by hand (after weighing out each one) before scoring them with a fork. This gave a fairly consistent batch - probably better than I would have managed with a piping bag as this dough can end up being very stiff! The final result was dead middle of the field. I need to go for something more manly next time - a biscuit that lasts two bites doesn't satisfy my mostly male office! A mixed result but it leaves me tied second on the overall leader board.




Now it's your turn. What biscuits will you make this month? Pop a link below (be it blog, instagram, facebook or twitter) so we can all come and admire.

6 comments:

  1. Your biscuits looks great, what a good idea to use a fork instead of faffing around with a piping bag. An idea to remember I think.

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    1. It was certainly easier to do, even if all the time saved went into ensuring they were all perfectly matched :)

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  2. Wow....I am so impressed, the biscuits look fab. Pass me a few with a cuppa please...pretty please...xxx

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    1. Joe's colleagues scoffed the lot I'm afraid. None left even for me :(

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