Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 2: Fortune Cookies

Week 2 of The Great British Bake Off has come round already, and this week’s technical challenge was Fortune Cookies.

Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 2: Fortune CookiesAnother 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.Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 2: Fortune Cookies

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.

Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 2: Fortune CookiesRather 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.Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 2: Fortune CookiesI 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.


This time last year I was making Viennese Whirls


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