August 30, 2018
The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens! To celebrate, we're talking all things biscuits on the blog today. Last night saw the 12 brand new bakers tackle biscuits honouring the British Isles in the signature bake, one of Paul’s favourite childhood treats in the technical challenge and a 3D biscuit selfie - what a task!
If you love baking as much as the new hopefuls, but prefer a little less pressure in the kitchen, try out our favourite biscuit recipes and products! There’s something for everyone here.
Cookies get their name from the Dutch word ‘koejke’, which means ‘small cake’. The story goes that small samples of cake batter were placed on to baking trays and baked to test the temperature of an oven before the whole cake was put in. And we’re very glad it happened!
We’re huge fans of cookies here at Bakedin - not only because they’re delicious, but also because they’re really easy to make too!
Our Choc Mallow Melts baking kit is the perfect example. The dough is a mix of flour, sugar, chocolate chips and butter, formed into balls and baked. But the best part about this bake is that each portion contains TWO cookies, sandwiched together with melted marshmallows and milk chocolate. Pick up your Choc Mallow Melts kit from the Bake Shop now. They’re our answer to the Wagon Wheels the poor bakers had to make in Week 1 of the Great British Bake Off (only much easier, and dare we say it - much tastier too!)
If you’d rather get your cookie fix in an instant, why not try our Chocolate Mug Cookie Mix? These perfectly portioned sachets create a gooey chocolate chip cookie in the microwave in under 2 minutes. All you have to do is add a little melted butter and milk, and of course a scoop of ice cream for a delicious afternoon snack or after dinner pudding. Try our cookie mug mix today!
Some Bake Off viewers were surprised to see biscuit week being the theme for Week 1, breaking the tradition of starting with cake week. But don’t despair - there are some biscuits that resemble cake a lot more than your normal biscuits.
First up, whoopie pies. These were a Baking Club favourite from back in May 2016, and we’re delighted to say they’ve made a come-back on our website! Half cake, half cookie, these little morsels of yumminess are said to have first been created by bakers who had leftover cake mix and decided to bake them on a baking tray. And we’re so glad they did. Imagine two halves of chocolate flavoured dough, sandwiched together with a delicious vanilla buttercream. Sound like heaven don’t they? If you want to give these treats a go, pick up a box of Whoopie Pies from the Bake Shop now.
Next up is one of the most traditional cake flavours there is - now in cookie form! The carrot cake cookie! These were another Baking Club favourite from May 2018, and they’re still one of the most popular products we sell. They’re made from a lightly spiced dough full of juicy raisins and carrot, and then topped with a cream cheese frosting for a sweet finish. Pick up your box of Carrot Cake Cookies today to bake a treat well worth the Hollywood handshake.
Arguably the most traditional biscuit of them all, biscotti are a favourite snack to eat with a cup of coffee or tea. They’re made from a sweet bread dough, full of almonds and dried fruit, and then baked twice in the oven to give them their unique crunchy texture. Our lucky Baking Club members were treated to an Apricot and Almond version of biscotti back in January 2017, and they’re still many peoples’ favourite. For more recipes like our Apricot and Almond Biscotti, join the Baking Club!
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If you haven’t tried the all-American flavour combination of peanut butter and jam, you haven’t lived! Luckily we’ve got a fantastic recipe for peanut butter and jam cookies that is sure to become your family’s new favourite. Better yet, they’re really simple to make (just don’t tell Paul Hollywood). Simply mix peanut butter with butter and sugar together in a bowl before adding a dash of vanilla and one egg. Next, add flour, bicarbonate of soda and some crunchy peanuts before moulding into balls on a baking sheet. Then, press down on to the top of each ball using your thumb, and add a ¼ teaspoon of jam into each hole. Ready, Set, Bake!
Judging by the fact that nearly every baker used a shortbread base for their first task, shortbread is one of the most versatile biscuits in the world. Shortbread started as a medieval biscuit made out of leftover bread dough, but lost its yeast in place of butter and sugar over the years. This left us with the sweet and buttery shortbread that we know and love today.
We love adding all sorts of flavours to our shortbread recipe, which we created as a special treat for Santa over Christmas a few years ago. Try adding chocolate chips for a sweet treat, cinnamon for a lightly spiced version or orange and almond for something a little bit different. They all taste amazing, and once you’ve tried making them, you’ll never want to buy the shop-bought stuff again!
Speaking of Christmas, we couldn’t talk biscuits without mentioning one of our favourite bakes. Gingerbread! Thanks to the spice mix included in the dough, gingerbread gives us a deliciously warming flavour that it wouldn’t be Christmas without! Gingerbread is quite a sturdy dough, making it a great base for structures such as gingerbread houses, gingerbread men or even gingerbread selfies like the Bake Off contestants. Keep an eye out for our Christmas range, with no less than two gingerbread products coming soon!
Visit the Bake Shop for more baking kits that will help you make delicious biscuits that both look and taste amazing. Next stop, the Great British Bake Off!
To the Bake Shop!
What are your favourite biscuit recipes? And what do you think of the new series of Bake Off? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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