Monday, 5 September 2016

WEEK TWO: BISCUIT WEEK | BAKING ALONG WITH THE GBBO



From eating sticky carpet to collapsing gingerbread houses and the most important question tearing the nation apart, do you dunk your biscuits in your cuppa or not? Week two tested the bakers biscuit skills with three challenges that would demonstrate their icing, swirling, whirling and construction of an autobiographical gingerbread scene that for some ended in disaster.


Last week I loved making the lemon drizzle cake but this week the thought of biscuits scared me! I have never really made biscuits that had to look like a piece of art, but I have wanted to start practicing icing for a while. So this week I decided to try the signature bake again with a little inspiration from dear old Val's Sunday teated ice cream cone biscuits.

The task for the signature bake this week was to create 24 identical, crisp, iced biscuits. The bakers biscuit making credentials were really put to the test and once again the pressure got all too much for some. Why did Candice create more work for herself? Does this woman like stress as much as her lipstick? She decided to try and be teachers pet and create 48 biscuits but like Val ended up not being able to finish.

It was in this task where my baking quote of the week came from, courtesy of Mel:


The technical challenge came from Mary again with Viennese Whirls and it seemed my fave from last week Salasi had a bit of a downfall as his whirls were deemed oily and at the bottom of the heap.

Mary also raised a problem I am sure many people are faced with on a regular basis when it's far too stiff to get it in, but won't get it out... She was talking about her whirls  of course.


Now to the showstopper challenge... A couple of years back I bought a gingerbread house kit from Morrisons. I was so ready to create something that in my head looked magnificent, but in reality it was a complete and utter disaster. It just collapsed and icing was all smeared and my God it would have been what Mary would refer to as looking "rather informal." 

Too be far it's easy to sit here and laugh at some of the disasters but when it comes down to it I cannot imagine how stressed the bakers must be! I would hate to be in an unfamiliar kitchen, knowing that my baking was going to be aired on TV, being judged by two of the most famous bakers in the UK. I have sweaty palms just thinking about Mary and Paul eyeing up one of my disasters that represents something even Oliver Twist wouldn't eat...

Let's talk who faced a bit of an conundrum when it came to the construction of their gingerbread scenes. Val... Oh Val, she is really all over the show but she reminds me of a typical grandma that is completely nuts but you love her anyway. Her statue of liberty just gave up right as time was called but I think she took one look at Louise's scene and thought, YUP I am okay for another week. 

I think Louise knew it was game over well before she even begun the showstopper, the pressure to really impress the judges and save her place for another week might just have been too much for her and in the end resulted in well let's just say it... a complete and utter disaster. I did feel sorry for her because I think with baking there is no guarantee that it will always go the way you envisioned it and to have to then present it to the countries biggest bakers, well that must just be awful. But it was crunch time for her as she bid farewell to Britain's most famous tent. But could Val be in danger next week?! I HOPE NOT! #ValFanClub 

Signature Bake: Cherry Bakewell Sweet Treat Ice Cream Cones
I have dabbled in the biscuit world before but only dipping my toes in. I decided to use a recipe I had that had been tried and tested before and seemed liked; it was my cherry bakewell inspired biscuits. Making dough scares me! I don't know why, it seems to be hit or miss, but I am still so new to this baking world that I have to allow myself some errors, right? I am such a perfectionist and I expect everything to look like Mary has just whipped it up. This is something I am working on!


Now let me tell you, these professionals make icing look easy. But to get a good amount of detail on your biscuits is hard! I found getting the consistency of the icing for lining the biscuits before flooding them (basically you do an outline, let it set then with a runnier icing flood the area you want to colour) easy, but when it came to being able to add detail I was a bit overwhelmed! Although with the overall result I decided to give myself a slight pat on the back as practice, practice, practice can only mean improvements right?



Now time from my very own Mary Berry (AKA Mum) to judge them:

Appearance: 3
Taste: 3
Texture: 4

Would you like to see a recipe for the cherry bakewell biscuits? And what did you think of this weeks episode? Let me know in the comments below!

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22 comments

  1. Fantastic post! I'm definitely a biscuit dunker haha x


    http://wonderlandwarblings.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. You're so talented! When am I coming round for the taste test? x

    www.lexilife95.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much! You can come round anytime, as long as you don't mind being constantly supplied with cakes?!x

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  3. Mmm I wold happily eat all of those haha =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Send me your address and I will send you a cake/biscuit package haha ;) xx

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  4. These are sooo cute!! I would love the recipe please :)

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    1. Thank you! I will certainly be putting the recipe up in the future then :) xx

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  5. They're beautiful:) You should be so proud. Icing can be so tricky!
    Steph x.
    marvelsteph.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Wow thank you so much, you're too kind! The icing was so much harder than I thought it would be. But I am so excited to try it again and hopefully get better!x

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  6. Awww, these look adorable! I'm not a huge fan of iced biscuits, but there were some on the episode that sound gorgeous! And I agree with the other comments: recipe please!
    Beth x
    www.thequietpeople.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I will certainly be putting up the recipe in the future, they are one of my favourite things to make now (the biscuit base) xx

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  7. And now I'm hungry, damn youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu :D

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  8. I am OBSESSED with the bake off, but I'm a terrible baker so I just have to munch on something shop bought whilst I watch it. Those biscuits are so cute though! You should apply for the next series ;)

    Claudia xx
    www.claudiawright.com

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    1. I am too! I only started watching it a couple of years ago. I was useless at baking but I am making time to learn the basics and all it is really is practice, a bit like with anything! I find it a good way to express creativity too. Hahaha I wish I could! Maybe in a couple of years! I think I would get far too stressed xx

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  9. OMG these look amazing, I love the Great British Bake Off!! Great post x

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    1. Thank you! Same, it's my favourite thing of the week at the moment x

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  10. Ok I am so glad you posted me your link for this post! I'm loving GBBO after years of shunning it and your posts will be the perfect addition to my new found obsession! I might even attempt some baking myself at some point (although I am terrified of the kitchen)!

    The biscuits look fab and pretty delicious! What is it your're dipping them into in one of the pictures?

    Alana x
    www.aroseforeponablog.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much, I am really glad you enjoyed the post! I am slowly learning the ropes of baking after years and years of utter disasters in the kitchen! It's a cup of tea (I don't have any milk in my tea, that might make some people disgusted haha!) The stronger the better in my opinion ;) xx

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  11. oh my god you are like a goddess of baking! This literally includes so many of my favourite things, baking, blogging and Val. Got to love Val bless her! Cannot wait to see your bread and other weekly challenges! I wish I had the patience to do this and seriously your biscuits are beautiful! xx

    www.iridescentplaces.com

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    1. Thank you so much! You have no idea how much that means to me! I love Val so much, I thought she might be leaving this week and was surprised when she didn't but she is so sweet and funny, bless her!x

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