Coconut Sables from The Great British Bake Off Everyday

Yesterday I had already made some Mint Chocolate M&M Cookies but as the oven was already on I thought I’d have a go at another recipe from the latest Great British Bake Off book- The Great British Bake Off Everyday.  Back in August I had baked the Vanilla Sables from the book and they were delicious.  I love coconut and had been keen to try the coconut version of the recipe for a few weeks.  No one else in our house really likes coconut but they eat it when I don’t tell them it’s in things!

The introduction to the recipe says “these deliciously crisp biscuits are particularly good with ice cream.”  In my case though, they would go down well at any time and with anything because once I have one biscuit, I trough the lot!

Here’s how they were made:

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First I weighed out desiccated coconut, plain flour, salt and some icing sugar into a mixing bowl.
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Into a mixing bowl went some cold, diced butter which I rubbed into the flour and sugar mixture so it turned out like breadcrumbs.
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I added two egg yolks and then formed the biscuit dough into a large ball.

The instructions mention making the dough in a food processor which is useful to know. I just couldn’t be bothered to get mine out of the cupboard so I made my dough by hand.  The recipe also recommends 30 minutes chilling time before rolling out the dough.  Unfortunately, due to running out of time I only managed 10 minutes in the fridge.  I wouldn’t have had enough time to get the cookies baked before going to pick  my daughter up from her After School Club.  That’s probably why I struggled to roll out the dough, it was quite sticky and I had to use a bit of flour on the work surface and on my rolling pin.

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  I used a fluted biscuit cutter to cut out rounds of dough. I used a plastic one which wasn’t a good idea as it kept sticking to the dough.
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Tray one out of the oven.
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Tray two out of the oven.
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Cooling on the rack and waiting to be eaten even if they do look a bit rustic looking!

Although the cookies don’t look that exciting to eat, they did taste lovely. After all they say “looks aren’t everything”.  I tasted one with a cup of tea. I shouldn’t have done as I had already eaten a chocolate mint M&M cookie earlier that afternoon.  I will definitely make these again and I do like the idea of serving them with ice cream.

Happy Baking!

Love Sam xx

Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding- The Great British Bake Off Everyday

Last weekend I was delighted when our neighbour popped round to see us with a couple of carrier bags full of apples picked from their tree.  I was pleased as my own apple tree hadn’t produced anything this year. This was disappointing as although it is a small tree, I did manage to get a few good apples off it last year.  One bag from my neighbour’s stash was full of small apples ideal for my daughter’s horse to chomp on, the other was full of crisp apples perfect for cooking and baking with.

As we had my Mum staying with us last weekend I chose to cook a Sunday roast- a large chicken followed by a naughty but nice pudding involving apples.  I didn’t want to make something I had already made before, though.  I also didn’t want to make a steamed pudding as I have never made one before and wouldn’t know where to start!

Once again I turned to my copy of The Great British Bake Off Everyday as I remembered there being a Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding recipe in there.  It seems like I am doing a lot of baking from this book at the moment but I suppose I go through fads and phases.  Upon reading the recipe, the introduction said it was a “very simple all-in-one sponge mix.. a good way to use slightly tart windfall apples”.  This was good news to me, I didn’t want to spend ages faffing about.

To be honest I wasn’t really in a baking mood as I had been up half the night worrying about my daughter the night before. She had been to a concert and was staying overnight at her friends’ house. I wanted to know that she was back safely at her friends’ house but my stomach was churning so much, it took me until 3am to get some sleep.  I also woke up with a sore throat which wasn’t good news as it has not been long since I had a cold! I had to produce something for Sunday lunch though.

I chose these four beautiful apples for the pudding.
I chose these four beautiful apples for the pudding.
The apples were peeled, cored, chopped into quarters and then into large chunks.
The apples were peeled, cored, chopped into quarters and then into large chunks.
I weighed out some walnut halves and broke some of them up to make them a little smaller.
I weighed out some walnut halves and broke some of them up to make them a little smaller.
Butter, sugar, flour and eggs were creamed together in a large mixing bowl.
Butter, sugar, flour and eggs were creamed together in a large mixing bowl.
The walnuts and apples were then folded into the mixture.
The walnuts and apples were then folded into the mixture.
The mixture was then spooned into a greased baking dish.
The mixture was then spooned into a greased baking dish.
While the pudding was baking I made some toffee sauce. Sugar, butter and double cream were heated together.
While the pudding was baking I made some toffee sauce. Sugar, butter and double cream were heated together.
This is what the sticky toffee apple pudding looked like when it came out of the oven.
This is what the sticky toffee apple pudding looked like when it came out of the oven.
The toffee sauce is put into a separate jug. It is a pale colour as I had run out of brown sugar, only had caster sugar left!
The toffee sauce is put into a separate jug. It is a pale colour as I had run out of brown sugar, only had caster sugar left!
A serving of the Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding with the toffee sauce poured over. We also had it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Leftovers for another day!
Leftovers for another day!

We all really enjoyed the pudding and the apples were a great addition to the mix.  My son said “Why do you have to ruin it with apples?” and “I don’t like it when apples are cooked” but he did eat all the sponge and sauce part.  Everyone else enjoyed it and it made a huge portion. The recipe stated that it served 6 but I thought it was nearer 10-12!  I thought the portions were generous too.  I will definitely bake this again and might try it with pears instead.

Happy Baking!

Love Sam xx