Monday, 3 August 2015

#BloggersBakeAlong: The Test Run

Hey Guys!

Today I am treating you to TWO delightful posts! Woohoo!

I am one mega fangirl of #GBBO (Great British Bake-Off if you didn't know)! So what better way to celebrate it's return other than getting involved in a big blogger project. #bloggersbakealong is where, as a group, we will be baking along each week, and face the same challenges as the contestants. Feel free to get involved! I'd love to see everyone's weekly bakes! 

As a test run, before the series starts on the 5th August, our theme to bake along with was Ex-Contestants. Now, I have the worst memory when it comes to telly programmes and films. I can easily come out of a cinema not really remembering anything about what I just saw, apart from the name of the film. So I did have to have a cheeky look through the Bake-Off recipe book online so 'refresh' my memory of past bakes. I wanted to make something I could take into work this week- however you will read later why that is defo not happening now!

I chose to make Paul Hollywood's Poppy Seed and Sun Dried Tomato biscuits. Let's all keep in mind I am a poor student, who is currently living without any kitchen utensils apart from a knife, fork and spoon...

Les Ingrédients

Guesstimate: 375g Plain Flour, 1tsp Salt, 125g Baking Margarine, 1 Egg (that was the trickiest to measure!) and 1.5fl oz of water. Pop in a bowl and mix until doughy.

Divide dough into two halves.

Kneed 2 tbsp (I decided the more the merrier Poppy Seed wise!) of Poppy Seeds into one half of the dough. Kneed 1tbsp (with only a dessert spoon to hand, this was a tricky measurement) of tomato paste into the other half. Whatever I used was very wet and messy, but nothing a little flour couldn't fix.


My 2 biscuit doughs.

In what seemed like a move to optimise sabotage, I had to roll out both doughs, place each on a baking tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes. I only had one baking tin, no room in my fridge and needed to wash my hair in between. I free-styled on this step...

Cut out biscuits and brush (or smear with your hands) with beaten egg. Add sesame seeds to the top of the tomato biscuits. Cook for 10- 15 minutes 180 degrees in a fan oven, which I'm pretty sure mine is...? In this picture my tomato biscuits were definitely done. But I gave them another 10 minutes, #amateur!

Duu-Naaah! 
The Poppy Seed ones, on the left are great and very yummy. The tomato ones on the right look burnt, taste burnt and it appears any sign of the tomato paste I put in has gone walkies.

I'm calling this a success, given what I had! I think Paul and Mary would find my first attempt endearing and deep down inside they are hopeful I win GBBO.

Do you remember these being on the show?

Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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4 comments:

  1. Your poppy seed biscuits look delicious. I'm sorry to hear that the tomato paste ran away in your other ones. Timings can be tricky. Looking forward to watching #GBBO tomorrow and seeing your bake for this coming week. #BloggersBakeAlong

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    1. I'll get it right next time! Thanks for commenting.

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  2. I love the great British bake off too! These biscuits looks great!
    www.misslaurenmorgan.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Lauren. I get so excited for every GBBO episode!

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