The Bake Off Bake Along || Biscuit Week – Fortune Cookies

Bake Off Bake Along Biscuit Week Fortune Cookies 1

Here we are for week two of the bake off bake along where, during the show I thought it would be fun to try fortune cookies. The contestants made it look so tricky, surely it wouldn’t be that bad, right? Well no, there’s a reason no one ever has made their own fortune cookies, not even in those fancy pants Chinese restaurants in China Town. Why? Because they’re a pain (quite literally, unless you have fingers of steel) so fiddly, and though each one probably takes less than 5 mins to make and the batter is easy peasy, you will spend all of your Sunday evening pressing those damn circles against a glass praying they won’t crack.

I may moan, but it was still a bake I’m glad I tried and hey look at me, getting a technical in during week two!

In terms of this weeks Bake Off episode, I’m glad of the outcome, Chris was a bit too smarmy for my liking. Stephen was a deserved winner again, but he’s almost too good. I hope in future weeks there’s a bit more healthy competition and he gets a run for his money a bit. I know it came out a bit crap, but I also loved Flo’s operation biscuit, I used to love that game as a child!

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Bake Off Bake Along Biscuit Week Fortune Cookies 3

For making the fortune cookies themselves, it seemed really rather simple at first. You whizz up some oil, egg whites and flavourings with some water, then sift in caster sugar, cornflour and plain flour. Easy right? That is, until you read on and realise your fortune cookie batter is supposed to chill in the fridge for an hour! Not an issue, you see, unless it’s already 7pm on a Sunday night!

To give the biscuits the best chance they had, I persevered and into the fridge with the batter, whilst Adam decided what appropriately delicious Asian dinner we could have alongside them.

The first fortune cookie from the bunch isn’t pictured as we ate it. Just like the other bake off contestants it was too big and too thick. Still delicious, but without much of a crunch. Shame.  I might also add that although I usually like the taste of mass manufactured fortune cookies anyway (and I know a lot of people who don’t) the homemade ones with their vanillary almondy flavour are delicious! Very much like a thin French butter biscuit, even though they actually contain no butter!

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Upon sliding them out of the oven you are very much against the clock and have a short window of barely 10 seconds to slide off the baking parchment, insert your little fortune, fold, press and then bend over a glass. Adam was required to help and together through each batch we got into a little routine.

I also decided that I’d do two flavourings – plain with little red hearts (most of which I got confused with and the ended up upside down!) and the others I dipped in coconut icing and desiccated coconut. Yum. Though then when I ran out of icing (the mixture actually makes a lot more fortune cookies that you’d first realise) I switched to salted caramel icing and bronze crunch.

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Bake Off Bake Along Biscuit Week Fortune Cookies 8

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I did get a bit bored by the time it was nearly 9.30pm and the last fortune cookie was a giant one! Though even that still snapped satisfyingly! Overall  I think the appearance of them was good, the remainder that I’ve tried were all appropriately hard and subtly sweet and crispy. As an impressive little pudding post delicious Chinese dinner (Adam makes really great Asian food, and in this feast we had crispy skinned sea bream with ginger chilli and spring onions, and cashew chicken with pak choi), it could really take a dinner party to the next level.

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Bake Off Bake Along Biscuit Week Fortune Cookies 10

Say that, would I actually ever make them again?

Probably not.

However, I did enjoy this week’s #bakeoffbakealong and for a technical challenge, it certainly could have gone far worse!

 

To see my Bake Off Biscuit challenges from previous years click on the links below:

Biscuit Fridge and Mini Fridge Cakes

Vienesse Whirls

  • Amazing! They look incredible, well done you. Still not enough to convince me to try making them, mind you. Definitely super impressed though. I’m really looking forward to bread week now.

    http://abondgirlsfooddiary.co.uk/

    • Haha thanks, yea, I wouldn’t bother either! 😉 tasty and simple concept but they take a lot more faff than they’re worth! What do you reckon from the snippets the three challenges are this week? Xxx

      • Literally no idea, can’t remember what the snippets were! And now it’s not on iPlayer I can’t go back over it… What are your guesses? xxx

  • I think they look great! (I didn’t really like Chris either so we are in agreement on that too!) What did your fortunes say? X

    • It was so hard coming up with them! I ranged from cheesy sayings to drawing from things around me to a simple “the best advice is not to believe fortune cookies” 😉 I should have thought them out better than writing them as each one was cooking- the pressure! Xxx

  • Wow that is dedication! There’s no way I could be bothered to do all that!

    • It was a faff for the outcome but they tasted pretty good and all in all I’ve definitely spent longer on bake off challenges in the past!! Xxx

  • These look soooo good! Though really difficult to make, definitely not one I’m going to try!

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • It was more the speed and heat combination when they came out the oven as they were just so hot to handle! Luckily for me Adam seemed to have a high tolerance for it! Xxx

  • Huge props to you for taking on this challenge!! And they look brilliant too! Love the look of the coconut ones. Yeah, I have to agree with you about Stephen, I’m really hoping someone will step up and give him a challenge because he was the predictable star baker this week. x

    • We’ll see, bread week usually turns it all around in terms of strengths so I’m interested to see who does well tonight! Xxx

  • They look amazing!! You did so well!! I wouldn’t even entertain the idea of trying these haha!
    a life of a charlotte
    x

    • Thanks so much! They weren’t as hard as I expected, in the traditional sense of the word, but they were a faff and time consuming so I wouldn’t make them again I don’t think! xxx

  • Wow, these are amazing! I admire you for even attempting to make your own fortune cookies let alone pulling off these little corkers. Well done, you. Also, I would LOVE that crispy sea bream recipe should your good gentleman care to share it x

    • Oooh I don’t know where he found it but it was VERY simple (and unbelievably delish!) – heat a pan with oil and a pinch of salt until the oil is smoking, put your fish in skin down and fry on high heat for 3 mins, then take off the heat, turn the fish over and let it cook for a further 3 mins, then take it out. Heat the pan back up to smoking hot, throw in a handful of thinly sliced ginger and chilli and toss in the pan for around 1 min. Then take off the heat, add in stripped spring onions for literally 20 secs and then pile onto the fish! Easy but gosh it was good! xxx

      • Thanks for that! Well, that DOES sound easy I think even I could manage that and, quite honestly, I could burn anything.

  • I’m so impressed that you went for the fortune cookies! They look delicious, as does the rest of your feast! Laura x

    • the rest of the feast was incredible and pretty much all Adam’s doing (I was faffing with the fortune cookies too much!) xxx

  • hahaha that is a huge fortune cookie! the smaller ones look good though! This looked like fun to make!

    • I got bored making tonnes of small ones (can you tell?!?! ) haha it still tasted great though! xxx

  • I’m so impressed you tried the technical challenge – it seemed to much of a faff for me. But yours do look delicious, so maybe I’ll try them one day!

    • I’m glad I got one out of the way there in week two! They were really delicious and not difficult, just time consuming and a bit fiddly if you’ve got sensitive fingers! xxxx

  • Wow, they are amazing! You always make such beautiful bakes!

    • Thanks Amy, I really enjoy it so that is a lovely compliment! xxx

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