The Great British Bake off!!!! The one show I absolutely love and it is finally back for the year.
The first episode started last Wednesday and I decided that since I am doing a blog on baking and I love the bake off, why don’t I put them together. So, I decided to come up with a new blog idea. Every Wednesday, instead of my regular blogs I will make something from the last episode of the bake off and because last week they made Jaffa Cakes, I couldn’t stop myself on making them.
Now, I love Jaffa Cakes and once you start eating them they can be quite hard to stop. (maybe that’s just me but oh well!!) So, I thought that making these wouldn’t be that hard to make. (I was slightly wrong).
Making Jaffa Cakes is a long process and can get very messy. Like really messy, so be prepare to do a lot of cleaning up. But apart for that they are pretty easy to make.
For the recipe, I kind of followed Mart Berry’s. By that I mean, I double the recipe and instead of following her recipe to make the jelly, I followed the packet because her one wasn’t working for me. So below you can follow the recipe card I have made or you can click the link for Mary Berry’s, whatever works best for you.
So, like I have mentioned I was following the recipe and it stated to use 135g of orange jelly, a whole packet and add 150ml of boiling water. I did this, making sure to stir to dissolve the jelly. This didn’t working at all. I don’t know why but it just wasn’t. So, I saw a recipe on the packet and followed that instead and that worked perfectly.
So here come the fun part and by fun I mean the part that can become really messy if you spill it.
Once the jelly is all dissolved you have to pour the mixture in a tin so it can set. It is easier to set it in a large tin and only fill it a small bit. Because you then have to cut this and you don’t want a thick layer of jelly.
Two tips here!
1: place cling film in the tin and cover all the sides. This is so you are able to take the jelly out of the tin easily and cut it.
2: Place the tin into the fridge and then fill it with the jelly. I didn’t do this, I just filled the tin and tried to place the jelly into the fridge, it was so hard and I nearly spilt it. So, seriously fill the tin after it’s in the fridge.
Now surprisingly I’ve never made jelly before. Never in my life. So, realizing that it takes awhile to set I would have done it the night before. That way all I had to do was make the sponges and add the jelly and chocolate. But, I didn’t no this, so I had to wait abit for it to set.
However, while this was happening I could make the sponge. This was super easy to do. All you have to do is whisk the eggs and sugar and then fold in the flour. That’s it, like WOW!!!
Now comes the surprisingly long winded part of putting it all together. It took a few tries to get the jelly out, I actually needed help to lift it out so it didn’t break and then I went about with cutting circle’s out and placing them on top of the sponges. I would have wanted the circles to be smaller but I didn’t have anything smaller than what I had, so i had to make do with what I had.
I did have some jelly left over, but this wasn’t a problem because I love jelly and I ate that later on. It’s a waste to just throw it away.
Now, the really messy part it the chocolate. First you melt it and then I placed it in the fridge to cool and settle slightly, that way it doesn’t drip off the cakes. The chocolate got everywhere and I was just happy to get it over with in the end!
I was actually surprised of how they turned out. They didn’t look that bad. I new they weren’t going to look like the real ones but they are home made, of course they will look different.
Now one thing I did think of when I was making these, was the whole idea of chocolate, jelly and sponge. To me that doesn’t sound like a tasty mix. Even though Real Jaffa Cakes taste amazing.
Mine tasted ok, I didn’t love them but I didn’t hate them. Now my boyfriend and dad loved them so something must of gone right. But for me I’d rather eat the real ones!!! (sorry)
If you love The Great British Bake Off and are trying the bake yourself, I would love to see them. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet me at @amybakes94 or Instagram me at @amybakes94.
I hope you will enjoy this Bake Off special blogs I will be doing and will join me in the fun.
See you next week!!