It’s back! The Great British Bake Off returned in all its gluttonous glory last Wednesday, and is set to grace our screens for another week this evening – this week it’s biscuit week. To mark this momentous occassion, I’ve teamed up with Boohoo.com to do some baking for the Great Boohoo Bake Off!
I was sent a box of goodies(*) to rustle up a recipe of my choice to show off my baking skills, and with it being biscuit week this week, I thought what better way to demonstrate my prowess with a piping bag than by whipping up some Nordic-inspired lemon and cardamom cookies?
Lemon and Cardamom Cookies recipe
(adapted from here)
You will need:
– 225g softened butter
– 250g plain flour (plus a bit for dusting)
– 150g caster sugar (I used a mix of caster and granulated and it didn’t matter too much!)
– 85g ground almonds (I whizzed up some flaked almonds in a processor)
– 10-20 cardamom pods, seeds removed and crushed
– Zest of one lemon
Preheat your oven to 190C (175C fan).
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. You can use an electric whisk if you like, but I used good ol’ fashioned elbow grease!
Add the lemon zest and cardamom and give it a quick mix.
Tip in the ground almonds and flour and mix until it forms a dough.
Break off walnut sized chunks and pop onto greased lined baking sheets.
Press down on each cookie slightly, or if you have a cookie stamp, use this to make pretty patterns in the dough!
Bake each batch seperately for 12-14 mins, until golden brown.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool, and try not to munch them down until they are cooled completely!
I made use of the little piping bags in my baking kit to attempt to pipe some Nordic patterns on my cookies, but it didn’t quite go as planned. I therefore defaulted back to my primary form of communication – emoji! I only managed two successful attempts but I’m pretty impressed with myself, tbh.
Dress – Boohoo (*) // Jacket – H&M (old) // Shoes – Sunjellies // Watch – Shore Projects // Necklace – Moxham
Boohoo were also kind enough to send me this beautiful garment for my troubles, from their awesome selection of summer dresses. I always choose striped patterns over anything else – they’re so easy to dress up or down, and this is definitely one of those day-to-night type dresses that can be styled however you like, whether under a scruffy denim jacket or with a nice pair of heels and a clutch bag. It’s super comfy too, but my only problem is its marvellous ability to accentuate my little pot belly. I need to eat less biscuits, I think!
(in this one they were all about to topple off the plate)
Massive thanks to Boohoo for inviting me to take part in their Great Boohoo Bake Off, and to Tala for the awesome baking supplies. I’ll be settling down in front of the telly with a cuppa and a biccy to watch the Bake Off this evening, how about you?