THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF IS BACK!

Americans who love the show will be very happy because Netflix is releasing each episode just a few days after they air in the UK. I was lucky enough to watch the opening show in London, but now I have to be patient and wait from Tuesday to Friday to indulge.  This year the group of contestants seems surprisingly young.  Or, does that mean I am getting so old that I noticed the trend? Hard to tell, but I have the feeling that in other seasons the ages were a bit more widespread. Still, they picked a bunch of folks with interesting personalities so it should be fun to watch. I decided to bake some of the challenges this year, and will start with the signature from episode 2, Biscuits. The theme is deceptively simple: make 12 chocolate-covered biscuits. I went Japanese with my interpretation. Matcha cookies with a miso-caramel filling. Coated with tempered dark chocolate.

CHOCOLATED-COATED MATCHA COOKIES WITH MISO CARAMEL
(inspired by Japanese Patisserie)

100 g all-purpose flour
150 g cornstarch
1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoons baking powder
75 g  granulated sugar
113 g softned butter (1 stick)
2 egg yolks
3 g matcha powder
for caramel:
160 ml whipping cream
1 tablespoons corn syrup
1 tablespoon water
200 g granulated sugar
50 g miso paste
to coat and decorate cookies:
500 g dark chocolate, tempered
100 g white chocolate, gently melted and placed in piping bag
sprinkles of choice (I used edible golden stars)

To make the cookies, mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and baking powder; set aside.

Beat the sugar with the softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment until creamy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, then the matcha powder and beat until fully combined.

Gently fold in the flour mixture to form a crumbly dough. If the dough is too dry, sprinkle a few teaspoons of cold water, a little at a time until it forms a dough that adheres when you press portions with your fingers. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 1 hour.  

Heat the oven to 350 F. Roll out the dough, using as little flour as possible on the work surface, to a thickness of around  1⁄4 inch (6mm). Stamp out rounds with the cookie cutter. Roll the scraps again and cut rounds of the same size, but use a smaller cookie cutter to remove most of the central part, so that you can form a barrier for the caramel to be poured inside (as shown in the composite picture). Place the top portion over the circles that will form the base, prick the surface with a fork. Bake in the preheated oven for around 12 minutes until set but not browned. Remove the cookies from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.

To make the miso caramel, place the whipping cream into a microwaveable bowl and warm gently for 30 seconds. Put the corn syrup, water and sugar in a small saucepan and heat gently, until it turns into a dark, golden brown caramel color.   Remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the warm cream, stirring constantly. Once the cream is fully incorporated, stir in the miso paste. Allow the caramel to cool and then scrape into a piping bag. Add the caramel to the center of the baked, and fully cooled cookies. Refrigerate several hours up to overnight.

Temper the dark chocolate using your favorite method. Dip each cookie in the tempered chocolate, then drizzle melted white chocolate to decorate. Add sprinkles of your choice.

ENJOY!

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Comments: Best component of this recipe is definitely the miso caramel. I could enjoy it by spoonfuls, staring at the trees in our backyard, daydreaming… Come to think of it, a drizzle over vanilla ice cream sounds pretty amazing also. Matcha is a flavor that not everyone is fond of. I like it because it cuts through excessive sweetness and since the caramel is obviously quite sweet, it pairs well with it. If you prefer a less sharp and assertive cookie, omit the matcha powder, add some vanilla or lemon zest. But please do try the miso caramel, it goes more or less along the lines of salted caramel, but more subtle in its savory nature.

After coating the cookies in tempered chocolate, avoid the temptation to put them to dry over a rack. They might stick to the rack, so the best way is to carefully lay them over parchment paper once the excess chocolate drips away. This tip is a courtesy of the one and only Philip, from Phil’s Home Kitchen… And since I mentioned him, stop by to see his recent takes on the technical challenges of this GBBO season with a click here and here.

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12 thoughts on “THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF IS BACK!

  1. Not so easy for me as I do not subscribe to Netflix in Australia . . . and YouTube is not an iota helpful ! Managed to reach the supposed contestants . . . Sally, you are not imaging it: they are almost uniformly young . . . Hmm: shall try to find ways and means as the time passes and meanwhile am admiring your macha cookies . . . . beautiful as usual . . .

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  2. Love that show! I am patiently waiting for the Canadian one to start airing.
    Those biscuits look amazing, very pretty! Thx for the tip about the parchment paper and chocolate! That actually happened to me on Saturday as I dipped the ends of some of my pate de fruit and they did stick my rack😒, but I was told they were delicious anyway even though they had some marks on the bottoms.
    Nancy

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    • I liked the way they turned out – I wanted to make them quickly after the show, so I more or less jumped into the first idea that came to my mind – I am now thinking that a shortbread type cookie with orange zest could also go very well with both caramel and dark chocolate. Something to try also

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  3. These are show stoppers! Wow. So beautiful. These are going on my christmas biscuit baking list this year!

    And as for the contestants, the blond dream boy who couldn’t bake anything? Why was he selected? Because he was pretty?

    The contestant that said, I’ve never made a genoise. Why were they selected?

    Even if I had never, if I did get on the show, I would certainly get my butt into the kitchen beforehand and go over the basics.

    For me, this wonderful show is slowly slipping down the drain. The two hosts? I am so over them, particularly the ghoul who’s new schtick is yelling “Bake!” in falsetto and doing bizarre things for bizarreness’ sake.

    There are some good solid contestants, but so many that should never have been picked because there had to have been better and more qualified contestants in the realm.

    They’re going the way of the old food channel that used to have really wonderful instructional cooking programs and it is now foodtainment. It’s becoming more about the bling and not the foundational baking skills that skyrocketed the program to stardom in the first place.

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    • You make some good points. I am not sure how they pick the contestants, but it is quite possible that the young baker had some amazing things baked during the audition phase, and simply crumbled a bit under pressure. As to never having done a genoise, it is odd, I agree. However, once accepted, they don’t have too much time to prepare for the show and it is possible that many of the things they felt they should do, just never materialized due to time constraints.

      It is also possible that the show will fold at some point, maybe it’s just too difficult to keep it interesting and novel after 10 years…

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  4. Hi Sally,
    ooh i love the great british bakeoff but i think it’s only on cable or whatever in australia, so i don’t get to see it unless someone whacks it on youtube:) Your biscuits look absolutely stunning.. i love the japanese aspect. cheers sherry

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