Soggy bottoms and good crumb are just two of the phrases we have all come to associate with the one, the only, The Great British Bake Off. Who would have thought that a simple baking competition could cast such a spell over the nation? The show has become such an institution that it’s even doing its bit for the economy.
When you consider how simple and cheap baking can be, it’s no surprise that we have fallen for The Great British Bake Off’s charms. Unfortunately, this series had to end sometime and tonight we say goodbye to Paul Hollywood’s baby blues and Mary Berry’s floral bomber jackets. Don’t despair though, as we have gathered together five easy recipes in celebration of our favourite week of the show: Biscuit Week.
No matter how many times we taste it, we are always surprised by just how delicious a simple mixture of unsalted butter, sugar, vanilla extract and plain flour can be. We are, of course, talking about the humble shortbread biscuit – a simple buttery treat that proves that less can very often be more.
Shortbread is also the perfect blank canvas. Just take a basic recipe, and add whatever you like as a topping or filling. We love throwing some lemon zest into the mix before topping the baked shortbread with vanilla icing, but you may want to get a little more adventurous. What about orange zest and chocolate icing, or even lavender?
Jammy dodger biscuits
Nothing beats a sweet, chewy treat at the centre of a good bake, and what better way to achieve this than with our favourite childhood biscuit, the jammy dodger? These fruity little bits of deliciousness are sure to transport you back in time.
Remember: the shape is up to you, so if you want to create something a bit more sophisticated than the classic heart shape, why not get creative?
Gingerbread men don’t have to be the preserve of those with small children; they make an excellent after-dinner treat for grownups too, particularly around Christmas time.
If you are really looking to embrace the festive spirit, you can even create a gingerbread house, using icing sugar to create a snow-kissed effect on the roof and icing to fashion a snowman for the exterior. We’re definitely adding this to our list of ‘thoughtful home-made gift ideas’ this Christmas.
Chocolate and ginger oat biscuits
This chocolate and ginger oat biscuit recipe originates from – you guessed it – The Great British Bake Off.
With ingredients like cinnamon and ginger, this chewy delight is another firm favourite for our autumnal recipe list. As the perfect spicy treat to add warmth to a cold, dark night, we think this one’s best enjoyed alongside a creamy hot chocolate.
If there is a staple biscuit recipe to have mastered, this iced ring recipe has to be up there with the best of them. Sweet, crunchy and wonderfully decorative, iced rings are the all-time favourite that no party is complete without. There’s definitely a reason why these little classics have stood the test of time!
Why not try your hand at some of the above biscuit recipes next time you are getting creative in the kitchen? Continuing in the vein of your favourite bakers might just help to soften the blow of the show’s finale… either that or make you miss them even more!