Now, if you really know me you know this blog title is quite funny. I can't cook! I took two hours and tried to make Josh an apple pie the other day, just to throw it away. It was horrible. Don't worry though, I had an award winner pass on her tips. Recently Brisbane had the Ekka. It is kind of the American version of The State Fair. There is a lot of competitions where people come from all over the state to show their prize goodies, animals, or strength. A lady from my school, Dee entered her biscuits (cookies) and won. She has gotten the opportunity to share her tips all over Brisbane. Since my blog is actually called EAT, and my friend Erica keeps asking for food on my blog, I thought I would share Dee's tips also. I even got to taste the award winners, and she was kind enough to share one of her recipes.
What does it take to make award winning biscuits?
Dee has entered cookies in the competition the past seven years, but after winning this year has decided to become a judge for future events due to building up her talents over the years. In The EKKA she had to enter six biscuits. She had to put them in a display case, and just hope all her hard work payed off.
Dee's Tips for making Award Winning Biscuits:
1. Know your oven well
2. Always pre-heat your oven.
3. Use a silver tray (pan), not a dark tray.
4. When you take the biscuits out of the oven, place the tray on a wet cloth and let stand a few minutes. The biscuits will crumble if you take them off the tray too soon. Then lift each biscuit off with a sharp egg flip.
5. Always use room temperature butter, not margarine.
6. Use quality flours and cocoa
7. Make sure your biscuit is cooked through properly. Keep a check on the time.
8. The judges snap the biscuits, so make sure they are crispy, pass your taste test, have a nice aroma, evenly cooked, good in color, have a nice texture, and placed on the tray with good presentation.
9. Read your recipe well
10. Be organized
11. Practice well, make notes, have fun, give it your best.
12. Refrigerate your dough for 30 minutes before rolling.
14. Biscuits should have no wire rack marks or flour marks on them.
Now time to make some award winning cookies.
Jeans Jam Drops
2 tablespoons of butter 1/2 cup castor sugar
1 egg pinch of salt
1 3/4 cups of self rising flour jam
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1. Pre -heat oven to 170 C or 338 F
2. Line baking tray
3. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla essence well.
4. Gradually add lightly beaten egg.
5. Gradually add sifted flour.
6. Roll dough into small balls.
7. Place on tray, leaving enough room to spread
8. Place in oven for 5 minutes, take out, and press lightly with your finger to make a well. Make sure you do not push down to heavily.
9. Place small amounts of jam and return to oven for a further five minutes.
10. Place tray on a wet cloth and leave stand for a few minutes before placing onto a wire cooling rack.
Food is always the root of most conversations, events, and/or memories for us all. Oh, if I could only cook. I would be happy to be able to cook a batch of cookies that were not burnt. Give these amazing cookies a try and let Dee and I know how your version tasted or if you entered yours in a competition?