The Great British Bake Off How to Bake

February 5, 2013Sew White

This week’s book is the The Great British Bake Off How to Bake. There were so many recipes in this book I hadn’t tried which I wanted to bake. I decided after the lavender biscuits that dunked into tea so nicely I wanted to keep along the line of biscuits. Flipping through the book I found the zebra biscuits. Striped biscuits seemed like a little challenge but also looked lovely in the photo. 

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To start off, I have to say the recipe very easy to follow. The ingredients are all easy to find and most of it was in cupboard. All I had to buy was the white chocolate. I used milky bar for the white portions and dark chocolate for the brown dough.

The two chocolate was easy to fold into the dough.

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The chocolate took a little more working in but it got there eventually.

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Rolling out the dough on to cling film worked a lot better when the cling film was already on the tray it was going into the fridge on. The dough is very malleable and I had a good dent on one side when placing it on the tray –  lucky it was edge.

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When it came out of the fridge I cut it into 3 slices and placed them on top of each other to make the stripes. I have to admit I didn’t trim the other side as I didn’t want to waste any.  

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After it went into the fridge again I cut it into 5mm slices – I did use a ruler – OCD baker. A hot knife worked well to slice through the dough. Here is the tray full of biscuits. I got three trays out of this recipe. It certainly produced a lot! Next time I will certainly cut them square.

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The spread a little in the oven but not too much. Always good to know.

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They look so good. Although I was told they should be called bee biscuits than zebra biscuits. 

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I decided to be a little creative and cut up a few of the biscuit slices into three and four and tried to get a chess board look. The three pieces worked far better than four. It’s good.

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The book I would give 9/10 and this recipe 9/10 for easiness and 10/10 for taste.
I will be making this again no doubt about it!

Knowing how easy this recipe is I will try replacing the white chocolate and brown chocolate with some coloured chocolate to make it more interesting. Maybe some of the silverspoon pink/strawberry chocolate buttons. Pink and white would look really cute.

This book is one of my favorite from the Bake Off series and it contains a lot of nice things to make is worth investing in. 10/10

2 Comments

  • Smart Cookie Sam

    February 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, these are very impressive. The GBBO book is one of my favourites but I haven’t made the zebra cookies yet! You’ve made a brilliant job of them!

    1. sewwhite

      February 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      They were so much easier than I thought and very tasty – always a plus 🙂 I would always recommend these biscuits!

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