"It's not messy, it's informal"!
The Boys Do Bake Off - Series 3, Ep.8 - Biscuit Week
Week eight and the Bakers were tasked with making what many of us think of as a Scottish classic; the chocolate teacake. But in actual fact the teacake, made famous in the UK by Tunnock's, began life as a cream filled treat in Denmark in the early 1800's. As popularity rose and production became increasingly industrialised, the cream was replaced with a meringue mix and eventually marshmallow.
Now we love a Tunnock's teacake and like most mere mortals, the Gents think life is just too short to make your own. But, it's a Bake Off technical and so we must persevere! Coming to our rescue is Paul Hollywood and his recipe for BBC Food. However, as we don't have hemispheric molds, we're also using BBC Food's Raspberry and Chocolate Teacake recipe which using a chocolate pouring technique.
Start by making the wholemeal biscuit bases by rubbing butter into flour (wholemeal and plain) with caster sugar and a pinch of salt. A splash of milk brings the mixture together to form a firm dough. Role out between greaseproof paper and cut into rounds using a cookie cutter. The recipe suggests making six 3inch biscuits, but we chose to make 12 2inch. Chill first then bake until lightly golden and cooked through.
Whilst they cool, make your marshmallow. Place egg whites, sugar, vanilla and golden syrup in a bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk continuously for 6-8 minutes until the mixture is stiff and glossy and doubled in volume. Set this aside and melt your dark chocolate over the same pan of simmering water.
Dip your biscuits to coat one side and transfer onto a wire rack. Once firm enough to handle, pipe mounds of your marshmallow onto each biscuit. Use a wide nozzle as you want a dome and any inconsistencies will show through your chocolate shell.
Finally, spoon over the remaining melted chocolate and set aside to cool completely before serving. Don't be tempted to place in the fridge otherwise your chocolate may 'bloom' and lose its shine.
A word to the wise. Do not expect glorious smooth domes of shiny chocolate if you don't use a mold. They will taste great but they'll look...... well as Mary would say "it's not a mess, it's informal. Or, and here's our suggestion, go to your local shop and buy a box of Tunnock's. Go mad. Buy two!