One treat I’d never heard of before, one that’s an old-time favourite of mine, and two that I had been longing to try for a few years. These bakes were fun and delicious, and they were relatively simple to make and in their flavours, which would make them some of the perfect things for you to try baking as well!
So the Portuguese biscoitos translates to cookies/biscuits in English, but I found a recipe for some traditional Biscoitos and was so intrigued that I had to make them. The recipe had been passed on through the generations and was so simple in taste and make that I fell in love with them very quickly. The slightly lemon-scented Biscoitos were a hit among our family and friends.
Initially, my dough came out a little too wet, so I had to add some flour. But that was my only struggle! They were fun and easy to make, and the shape was a fun change from the cookies and biscuits I’ve been making throughout this challenge.
Pudding: Jaffa Cakes
I used to be obsessed with Jaffa Cakes. I still like the flavour, but I’m far more particular with when I have them and what I have them with. So when this bake came up in the challenge, I decided to find a recipe that would go best with my current mood in how the flavours were combined and had an orange jelly recipe included in it.
I loved making these. The jellies and the cakes come out so well! But then I struggled a lot with the chocolate seizing when I added the orange zest and juice and remained in a constant struggle through the end. I just couldn’t get all the lumps out no matter what I did, so I just went with it after a while. By then I had run out of time to let the chocolate set before I took the photos. Letting the chocolate set didn’t make much of a difference anyway, as when I took them on out trip, they all melted and stuck together because of the heat in the car. But boy did they taste scrummy!
Bread: Melon Pan/Meronpan
I had been wanting to try Melon Pan since I first heard of it a couple of years ago, but I had never been anywhere that served them and was a bit intimidated by the idea of making them. Now I think they’re a breeze because of how much baking I’ve done in the last year and a half, but the recipe I found was wonderfully detailed and easy to follow as well.
I really want to try making these in all sorts of flavours and flavour combinations. They are relatively easy to make and just taste so good! The soft sweet roll topped with a crispy cookie is definitely a pleasant, slightly indulgent treat. My only struggle was in brushing the rolls evenly with the egg wash, as I’ve never been very good at that.
Pastry: Butter Tarts
I had had some tarts similar to these before, but never the Canadian Butter Tarts that always sounded so tempting when I read about them. Using this recipe, I finally got to taste this not-so-humble sweet and am so impatient to make some more for various holidays and fall festivities in the future.
I did have a couple struggles with making them though. I don’t have a way to press the dough into the tins other than by hand, which causes the dough to melt and not be as flaky as well as just more difficult to work with. As a result, the crusts ended up being very uneven, and some even had little holes in their sides that I hadn’t noticed before filling them, so there was some leakage. The other issue is not from the baking itself but more on how to store them if they aren’t all eaten at once. I popped them in an airtight container and put them in the fridge, but the filling melted/liquified the longer they were stored (even just over a few hours). How do you stop this from happening to these delicious little things?
Have you ever tried or baked these treats before? What’re your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments!