Wednesday, 19 August 2015

#Bakeofflovelies Teatime at Home and The Great Denby Cake Off

Here we are at week two of the Great British Bake off, and the last week has been all about biscuits.
I am a typical biscuit lover- always with tea and cupboards are never really bare until there's "not even a biscuit in the house!"
Oddly enough however I don't often get round to making any myself;
so this week I set upon composing a suitable biscuit for tea time whilst taking the opportunity to experiment with flavours and structures.
I have been rather disorganised in the last week due to us all being under the weather with some sort of bug.
Washing piled up, pots went unwashed; so naturally now we all seem to be a bit better getting the house back to normal was priority.
Hence why this post is rather late in that we now have exactly forty-nine minutes left until bread week begins...!
So without further ado; my contribution to "Biscuit week"

Salted Caramel Butter-Cream Sandwich Biscuits with Vanilla and Cardamom Shortbread 
Drizzled with White Chocolate

(There's a mouthful when offering round..)

Firstly I went with an average type of biscuit (although why is it called shortbread?!)
but then again, it's delicious. Crumbly, buttery, ridiculously few ingredients.
It's as good a start as any for tea time treat.

As far as flavouring goes, I rarely need an excuse to add cardamom to anything.
At home we always had it in tea; and it's scent is warming and comforting; its perfect in savoury and sweet foods- the pods work like tiny teabags when boiled and the seeds taste almost a little peppery when ground.
I didn't use to much as it can be over powering- less is certainly more here.
I decided vanilla would complement it well and it smelled amazing in the mixer!

I recently made a chocolate cake with salted caramel butter-cream which I thought would go really well with the flavour of the shortbread-
 it's quite sweet but delicious.
Thankfully you can now buy Caramel in a tin and don't have to go to a lot of trouble and effort boiling a tin of sweetened condensed milk for five hours like I had to last week when the shop had run out. 
(N.B Try not to eat whole can.)

Although this recipe requires a few stages and some assembly- it's fairly simple, and again, the little ones can get involved...

This guy loves rolling out dough- although this is very short (being short bread and all..)
so be prepared for short-tempered-ness when it doesn't shape into a perfect dinosaur.

For the Vanilla and Cardamom Shortbread:

220g of Unsalted Butter
110g of Caster Sugar
340g Plain Flour
1 Tbsp of Vanilla Paste
Ground Seeds of one Cardamom Pod 

Mix the Butter and Sugar until pale and fluffy 
Add the Vanilla and Cardamom
 (You can use a pestle & mortar. Or a rolling pin and a bowl to grind the Cardamom seeds)
 Stir in the Flour and combine into a soft ball
Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes
Roll out onto a lightly floured surface and cut out rounds using a cutter
Bake in the oven at 180 for around 10 minutes until just golden
Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a flat surface to cool completely

For the Salted Caramel Butter-Cream:
Cream 100g of unsalted Butter with half a can of Caramel and 500g of Icing Sugar
Add Salt to Taste

To Assemble:
Pipe swirls of the Butter-Cream onto the flat side of one biscuit and top with another round.
Drizzle the white chocolate using a fork moving from side to side for even results.
Pop into the fridge to set a little before serving...

Our baking scene  is very much about our home this week.
There's nothing very fancy here just a strong cup of tea and the latest treat we've put together in between cleaning, playing, learning and seeing family.
I love being at home and creating things we can enjoy together.
My Denby teacups and teapot are my favourites for everyday Teatime.  
My mum always collected Denby and now I'm gathering my own collection. 
It reminds me of home and I love the classic designs and colours. 

It's been lovely sharing tea and biscuits with you - but the Bake Off is starting...

If you'd like to join in any part of the way link up below or tag your #Bakeofflovelies on Instagram or Twitter...

As well as being my bake off lovelies post I'm also submitting this as part of the "Great Denby Cake Off"  for more information on how to get involved pop over to their website



1 comment

  1. I love adding cardamom too to absolutely everything! It's one of my favourite smells and flavours. These look super. x


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