Chocolate

Perhaps the best week ever as it is chocolate week.

I started my week with the signature bake and I went with a  chocolate fondant tart.  Which is made up of a short crust pastry base and a chocolate fondant filling.  I managed to put my hand through my first shortcrust base so had to start again.  I don’t think I will ever do that again.  The fondant is made from flour, eggs, sugar and butter and chocolate.  The butter and chocolate is melted and then the sugar and is added to the melted mixture and the eggs are quickly whisked in before they scramble.

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My chocolate creation was a sheep which consisted of a shortbread base with twos layers of melted white chocolate then on top of the white chocolate I made white truffles which I fixed in place by using melted chocolate.  To finish off my sheep I piped on milk chocolate that made up his face and also used some for his little legs.

I’m really looking forward to the final and think Nadia will be the winner……….

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Biscuit Box

Bake number 2 from The Great British Bake Off episode 2 – A biscuit box.

I think if I were on The Great British Bake Off, I would be out this week.  This is my second attempt at the biscuit box the first one collapsed.  It was so bad I didn’t even want to take any photographs.  My second attempt is slightly better.  Although both bakes didn’t turn out too well the good bit is I managed to try out some new techniques such as assembling a biscuit box and glazing the windows with a sugar caramel.  I also got to use two different types of biscuit, my first attempt was with a shortbread biscuit and my second was with a gingerbread biscuit this meant I got to experience two different doughs for making biscuit boxes.

I think next time I should do something smaller and more manageable before doing a big telephone box.

But although the boxes didn’t look great the biscuits tasted yummy.

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Millionaire’s Shortbread

This week I made Millionaire’s shortbread and it was a fun bake but it didn’t challenge me like some of my bakes do.

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Millionaire’s shortbread is a layer of shortbread with a toffee middle and topped off with chocolate.

When I bake shortbread I find that the recipes with semolina in them are the best because it gives the shortbread a nicer crunchier taste and is not as floury as some shortbreads.

The toffee sauce took a long time to thicken and you can’t stop stirring the mixture as the sugar will burn. My arm now aches.

Did you know:-  the reason millionaires shortbread has the word million is because of the caramel and the chocolate which was very expensive to buy & make in the Elizabethan times when it was thought to have originated.

Shortbread is a scottish biscuit and candied orange peel and almonds were added for special occasions in the 19th century. At the same time baking chocolate and sweetened, condensed milk were also added which created the millionaire shortbread.

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