Whenever I hear that it is biscuit week on the Great British Bake Off, I always dread it because I am not very good at baking biscuits. Cookies I can make , but biscuits are not my strong point. So when I discovered that for week 2 of the show, for biscuit week, the themes were either biscotti, arlettes or a 3D biscuit box which had to contain more biscuits, I decided that biscotti would be my bake off choice.
I have only ever made biscotti once several years ago, and I figured, from memory, that it was not too complex and would be easier to make than the other choices!! I have opted to use a flavour combination that I have used before for other recipes, and that is Maltesers and Baileys – yummy! Although having now just watched the GBBO, I am thinking that my biscotti may not be proper biscotti as it contains no fruit and no nuts! (should it? I am not really sure!). Anyway, mine still tasted delicious!
Armed with some beautiful bakeware from the National Trust that I was looking forward to using, I set to work first thing Saturday morning, while the boys and their Daddy were swimming, to bake my biscotti. It actually was a lot easier than I remember, and here is how I made them if you fancy having a go:
- 2 medium eggs
- 100g caster sugar
- 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100g Maltesers, bashed to make broken ones
- 2 tbsp Baileys (Irish Cream Liquor)
- Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C fan
- Line a large baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
- Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl, and add the cocoa powder, Baileys and Maltesers.
- Then, fold into the egg mix to make a soft dough.
- Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface, and shape into a sausage shape or shapes if your baking tray is not as big as you thought! (but make sure you flour your hands!).
- Carefully, transfer to your baking sheet, and lightly flatten to approx 3cm thickness.
- Bake for 30 mins until the top is lightly browned
- Reduce the oven to 160C/140C fan
- Then, carefully remove, place onto a chopping board, and slice the log into 1cm thick slices and return to the baking sheet, cut-sides up.
- Bake for a further 15 mins until crisp.
- Leave to cool on a wire rack.
- Should keep for a couple of weeks in a tin.
This biscotti was scrumptious, and had wonderful crunch to it. I think mine all look quite uniform in size and colour too 🙂
I cheated and drank mine with tea – obviously you are meant to have eat it while sipping a fine Italian blend coffee, but I am a tea and biscuit kinda gal! My OH ate a piece with his coffee and he liked it – so that means it must be ok to pass his taste test 😉 Knowing how easy biscotti is to make, I will definitely be making it more often from now on.
Great Bloggers Bake Along
If you would like to bake along with me for the new series of the Great British Bake Off, then the rules are here and you can grab my badge on my homepage and on the rules page. I look forward to seeing what you come up with and remember that at the end of the bake off, I will be holding my prize draw where anyone who has linked up a new recipe throughout the 11 weeks can enter. It will only be open to #GBBOBloggers2015 – so there is a good chance of winning 1 of 3 prizes 🙂
On your marks, get set and baaaaaake
This week’s bake off linky is being hosted by Andrea – go and see what she has baked for biscuit week.
**Come back next Tuesday for the bake off round up, and to see who has been crowned Star Baker/s **
(linky opens 9am on Thursday 13th August and ends at 12pm on Monday 17th August , 2015)
You may have noticed the gorgeous bake and home ware items featured in my post. They are from the new National Trust range available at Homebase , and I think they are so pretty and will look at home in any kitchen.
The whole range is so lovely, but I think my favourites are the flour sifter and the mixing bowl and the mugs. Having had a browse at the other items in the range, I feel a pitcher and tea pot may have to be ordered for me to continue my collection 🙂
I was sent some items from the new range for the purpose of a review.