Great British Bake Off Party and Dinosaur Biscuits

So, ‘The Great British Bake Off’ returned to our screens on wednesday and I’m sure I wasn’t the only avid baker keenly anticipating the new series. To celebrate the return of the much loved baking programme my friends and I had a small Bake Off party, all baking a little something we could snack on whilst enjoying the first episode.

As far as Bake Off episodes go, this one lived up to all our expectations introducing a range of new contestants, differing in style and personality all demonstrating some great baking skill. My friends and I are rooting for Tamal and Alvin, hoping they might make it to the end of the competition. I really liked the look of Tamal’s ‘Pistachio and rose Madeira cake’ and with the recipe on the BBC website I might have to give it a go at some point this summer. It was great fun watching the Bake Off with my friends, sadly we won’t be able to watch the final together, all (hopefully) being at different universities across the country but I’m sure we will avidly discuss it in the coming weeks. I might try and write a little something about each episode on here depending on whether I have time each week.

As I previously mentioned, we all baked something to share (all seen in the feature photo) I decided I would try out some fun 3-D dinosaur biscuits, using the cutters my friend Georgia bought for me. Although I ran out of time to decorate them really well I think they looked quite cute as a fun celebration biscuit.

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INGREDIENTS FOR ABOUT 12 LARGE BISCUITS

175g unsalted butter, softened

200g caster sugar

1 egg

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

275g plain flour, plus extra to dust

55g custard powder

pinch salt

Method

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together using a standing mixer or hand whisk.
  2. Add the egg and custard powder and continue mixing until just combined.
  3. Then add the remaining ingredients and gently stir them together to form a sticky dough.
  4. Using your hands, bring the dough together to form a ball and wrap in cling film. Leave the dough to chill for 1 hour in the fridge.
  5. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 180°C/ 355°F and line 2-3 baking trays with baking paper.
  6. Remove half of the chilled dough from the fridge, keeping the remaining half in the fridge to keep cool whilst you work on the rest.
  7. Roll out the dough to roughly 5mm thick and then using your cutters, cut out as many as you can, swapping between each half of dough until you have used it all up. If you are using similar 3-D cutters, ensure you have enough parts for each biscuit, i.e. legs for dinosaur bodies.
  8. Bake the biscuits in the preheated oven for 10 mins or until slightly golden in colour. Leave the biscuits to cool on a wire rack.
  9. Once the biscuits have fully cooled, begin to make the icing.
  10. With icing I find it best just to make as much as you want, sifting icing sugar into a bowl and then adding water until you have made a thick icing. I used a range of decorations and used a purple gel food colouring to make my dinosaurs look vaguely pretty.
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