I’ve started watching The Great British Bake Off. I had avoided it for a while as often this sort of program is a little mocky for my taste but the GBB totally isn’t. The Bread episode was my gateway, but I caught up on iPlayer and now have some favourite contestants I cheer on as well of lots of recipes I want to try. Actually, they all seem lovely, which is a nice novelty – a tv program without a manufactured villain.
Sadly one of my favourites left last night – Jason, who blogs at Preheat the Oven. Eldest and I had just made some of his lemony biscuits with our new bright star and flower cutters, and they turned out lovely – I replaced the butter with marg and did a double batch – one with lemon zest as suggested, and one with lime zest. The lime zest is much stronger – more experimentation is needed before I work out if this is a fault with the specific lemon or if lime zest is just stronger. Visually, the lime zest definitely popped more.
Using smaller cutters – I may send a few biscuits to school as a post lunch snack so I wanted them to be small – the doubled recipe made over 60 biscuits, which is rather a lot. But they are very pretty tumbled in the tin and I made sure the ones I over cooked were at the bottom of the tin for this shot. With our fan oven at 180C, these only needed 5 to 6 minutes, so my first batch was way overdone at 7 and a half minutes. Should have remembered to set the alarm earlier than seems reasonable. Still, a tasty success and good fun to cut out together. Someday I will have eldest trained to cut in the most efficient way possible. Until then, she likes munching the left overs.