Week 2 of The Great British Bake Off has come round already, and this week’s technical challenge was Fortune Cookies.
Another one of those things I’d never considered making, so the bake along is successfully getting me to try new things. Quite a few of the bakers struggled with this bake on the show, and I found them fairly tricky too.
My main problem was getting a thin, even layer of batter, and baking them enough time to be crisp but still malleable. In fact, I think I can safely say that I would have failed this particular challenge. The shape of my Fortune Cookies improved with each one, but all of them turned out a bit rubbery and under-baked, with no discernible snap.
Rather than waste chocolate and dip them, I left it off. The challenge did give me a chance to try out my homemade mahleb flavouring – which tastes like almonds but contains none! More on that in later posts when I’ve experimented more.I was really tempted to make a second batch and not post these at all, but in the spirit of my challenge to myself I decided to brave it and share the imperfect ones. After all, it’s just baking!
The idea of making homemade fortune cookies is cute – I can see personalised fortunes being a great addition to a party or celebration of some kind. One to perfect another time.