Monday, 17 October 2016

Great British Bake Off Jumbles

I missed joining in with the Great British Bake Off last week, I just didn't have the time.

This week my kids were keen to have a go at the Jumbles so I've handed the baking over to them.

First up though, my little run-down on this weeks program, Tudor Week.

Seriously, Tudor Week! Well, it was the time of huge banquets and lots and lots of food, for rich people anyway. Something great from that time though was pies, now you can't go wrong with a pie.

We love our pies here, I love making pastry so that's probably a big factor. Whether it's a shortcrust apple pie or a water crust steak pie we can't get enough. I really wish I'd taken a photo of the steak and ale pie I made last week, it was delicious and looked so lovely when I took it out of the oven.

The contestants where told to make a signature dish of pies arranged in a Tudor style. It went ok, we had the usual eruptions, too thick pastry, not enough filling problems.

The Technical was Jumble biscuits. Now this sounded easy until you saw how they had to design their biscuits. It looked fun, I think that's why my kids wanted a go.

The Showstopper was marzipan themed. I am somewhat addicted to marzipan and I only allow it in the house at Easter (Simnel Cake) and Christmas (Christmas Cake) because I tend to eat a lot of it.

No-one could deny that Candice's Peacock was stunning! And guess what, it tasted good too! Not only did she do an excellent job of her marzipan decoration, she also had a surprise pinata type filling of blueberries and the most amazing rainbow coloured sponges inside her lovely bird. I think she deserved her star baker prize this week. (Haven't there been winning peacocks on GBBO before? if you want to get ahead, bake a peacock! )
I'll shut up now and get on with it..Ready, Steady, Bake!

Jumbles Our Way.

Paul Hollywood's recipe asks for mace, aniseed and caraway seeds. I decided that if I put those things in our biscuits the kids wouldn't eat them, we left them out, so we have a less spicy biscuit.


  • 350g plain flour
  • 175g sugar
  • 75g butter
  • grated rind of half a lemon
  • grated rind of half an orange
  • 2 egg
  • 50g granulated sugar


  • Put the flour and sugar in the bowl
  • add the lemon and orange rind
  • rub in the butter
  • add 1 egg and bring the mixture together
  • wrap in cling film and chill for at least 1/2 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 170C
  • shape into biscuits
  • brush with the other egg and sprinkle with sugar
  • bake for 10-15 minutes depending on size of biscuit shapes you make

We split the dough into four pieces and each child and myself made a selection of shapes for the biscuits. I didn't count how many we had but there was at least 20.

The kids had so much fun with their shapes. I did have a go at the Tudor shape but it was too fiddly.

jumbles biscuits of different shapes and patterns
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tudor style jumbles biscuit

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