Great Bloggers Bake Off Week Two: Biscuits

Monday 17 August 2015 by

Welcome to week two of the Great British Bake Off-athon! This week comes with the help of Tesco, with a smorgasbord of fantastic ingredients at a decent price. I have to nod to Tesco’s participation in this year’s Great Blogger’s Bake Off, and if you’re interested in some fresh recipes, check out their website – Tesco Real Food! Special thanks to Anya from Tesco, whose almond and orange cake sounds divine.

But on to biscuit week. I had to choose biscotti – one of my favourite kind of biscuits – with a gluten free refresher and lots of indulgent flavours.

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Cherry-choc almond biscotti

You will need:

  • Baking tray
  • Bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large knife

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Ingredients:

  • 200g self-raising flour (gluten free) or a blend of self-raising and plain as I did
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of xantham gum
  • 25g whole almonds
  • 25g chopped dried cherries
  • 25g chopped dark chocolate
  • 10ml baking powder
  • 5ml almond extract
  • 5ml vanilla extract
  • 1 grated lemon rind

How to make it:

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Pre-heat the oven to 180°C fan. Put the almonds on a baking tray and roast for 4-5 minutes. Roughly chop in to large chunks if you like.

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In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, xantham gum and roasted almonds.

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Stir in the eggs, vanilla, almond extract and grated lemon rind. Add the chocolate and cherries and stir again.

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Bring everything together into a soft ball, shape into an oval and put it on an oiled baking tray, then flatten slightly.

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Bake in a pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes until firm. Remove and leave to cool (make sure it is cool enough otherwise it will crumble when you cut it). Cut the dough into even slices, lay on the baking tray and bake for a further 5-10 minutes until crisp and baked through.

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Twice-baked biscuits might sound difficult, but for the most part, these are dead easy to make. Just be careful about the stickiness of the dough! But the taste was brilliant – the sourness of the cherries is the perfect foil to the chocolate, and the almonds add a richness just right for biscotti. They were huge (thanks to the baking powder) and Paul would be very disappointed in the dispersal of my fillings, but there were no complaints in the tasting!

Week two: success

Want to bake along with GBBO and the Great Bloggers Bake Off? Head over to Mummy Mishap to find out more…

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2 Comments

  1. I really need to have a go at making biscotti, I attempted the biscuit box and was disappointed with the results. They look lovely. x

  2. well done on your successful biscotti baking . I agree that it is to about the discretion of the fillings, but how they taste and i love the sound of the sour cherries and chocolate
    thank you for linking up x

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