I love this time of year, the leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the air and The Great British Bake Off is back on television. I love the GBBO. There’s something so magical about this type of TV, on paper it shouldn’t work, and yet in the great British way of things it totally does. I watched last week’s biscuits week in awe of all the marvelous bakes that were occurring. I was also a little sad, because I hadn’t planned my life well enough to have baked goods with me for viewing.
Well not this week. This week I decided that I would have to make some biscuits ready for the viewing of Bake Off. So that’s what I did, I made sandwich biscuits on Sunday night, and managed to save some for snacking on during Tuesday night’s bread week. I saw the recipes for these biscuits online awhile ago, so they seemed like the perfect choice to bake for biscuit week of bake off blog along.
For the biscuits: 250g soft butter / 50g icing sugar, sifted / 250g plain flour / 50g cornflour / 25g cocoa
For the filling: 50g mascarpone / 1 tsp pure vanilla extract / 110g icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 17oC
For the biscuits: beat the icing sugar and butter together / sift in the flour and cornflour, then beat again / divide the mixture and add the cocoa powder to one of the halves / divide each of the two mixtures into 12 balls and place onto a lined baking tray / press each ball with the back of a fork / bake for 12-15 minutes.
For the vanilla filling: mix the three ingredients together.
Once the biscuits have cooled, sandwich them together with the vanilla flavoured filling.
This recipe made a total of six vanilla and six chocolate sandwich biscuits.
I feel like Paul Hollywood would be very happy with this bake. The biscuits are quite simple, with a lovely buttery texture, and then the icing comes in with a super sweet kick and the two work well together. I probably could have made each biscuit slightly smaller and then made more than just 12 so that’s one to remember next time I crack out this recipe.
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*this recipe is from Sainsbury’s magazine, you can find it here.