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Baking With Tanya Bakes - Mary Berry's Chocolate Fork Biscuits

Tuesday, 5 July 2016
So, I'm back and I'm back bringing something new and fresh to my blog. I have always been keen on baking since growing up, as I was always baking anything I/we could think of with my gran when I was younger and it is something which is quite close to my heart as I feel like it was something we could bond over.

Anyway, since one of my favorite bloggers/vloggers/youtubers brought out a wonderful baking book (which I obviously pre-ordered and arrived on the day it came out), I have decided to do my own baking series with recipes from Tanya Bakes! Tanya Burr has always inspired me with everything she does, so now I guess I'm giving back to her! The series won't be every week but I will try and bake and blog about it as often as possible. This series is where I share with you the process I had to go through to make and bake the recipes in the book and my opinions on them too.

For my first post on 'Baking With Tanya Bakes' I decided to give the Mary Berry's Chocolate Fork Biscuits a go!

Can I just say how beautiful all the pictures in Tan's book are!


As you can clearly see, the ingredients in this recipe are quite simple and there are not many at all actually. I used; unsalted butter, golden caster sugar, self raising flour, cocoa powder. Also the equipment I used to make the biscuits included greaseproof paper, a mixing bowl, a whisk, a weighing scale, cups/bowls, a fork, a baking tray and obviously an oven. I would usually use a mixer, however mine sadly broke and I haven't got round to buying another one yet! 

First things first I measured all my ingredients:

My weighing scale is actually quite old and old fashioned - so next time I'll spare you the grubby picture of it, until I buy a new one!



I then put the sugar and the butter in the mixing bowl and starting whisking away.. Little did I know how hard you had to work to get the end result - I think I now have one very muscly arm ha! 




  Then, I added in the cocoa powder and the flour bit by bit until it was like a dough texture.



Then, it was time to make the balls and transfer them onto the tray (which I had greaseproofed) and then with a fork press down lightly to flatten.



Some were obviously bigger than the rest, so maybe I did go a bit overboard with some... BUT I didn't care. I then put them in the oven and waited for what seemed a very long time.. tick tock.



Finally, it was time to take them out and I was so so excited! This was the end result!



                               

Don't they look delicious! Maybe they don't look like Tan's lovely ones in her book, but I was quite proud of myself! But, unfortunately I didn't like them. My mother liked them, so I guess they were not my cup of tea. Oh well! There's always next time right???

Thank you for reading my very first Baking with Tanya Bakes post, I really appreciate it!

If you'd like to see more or if you'd like me to do specific recipe from Tanya Bakes, please comment below.





44 comments on "Baking With Tanya Bakes - Mary Berry's Chocolate Fork Biscuits "
  1. love the series idea!! can't wait for more of these posts, those cookies look so nice!

    love,

    tiffany // giventheworld.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Good effort - those cookies look like such a delicious treat!

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  3. MMM they look delicious. I agree - whisking can certainly give your arms quite the work out!

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    1. It is safe to say one arm is now bigger than the other ha!

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  4. I think these looks delicious, good effort! It's definitely a workout, I enjoy baking x

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  5. You can never go wrong with Mary Berry recipes - we have never had one fail.

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  6. These look so nice, what a shame you weren't keen! I love home baking, looking forward to seeing what else you make :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  7. The cookies look absolutely delicious, I have not done any baking in a long time. Thanks for the inspo

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  8. Oohh this is making my mouth water! Make some for me please?!

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  9. Oh yum these sound absolutely delicious - I could just pop one in my mouth alongside a nice cup of tea.

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  10. Well done! If you want to do more baking I'd consider investing in a set of digital scales. They're smaller so they don't take up much space in the cupboard and they're a lot more accurate. Happy future baking!

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  11. Well yes they do look absolutely delicious, I am in total agreement with you there x

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  12. These cookies look so delicious. I am going try making these.

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    1. You should! They weren't for me but that's probably because I used dark chocolate cocoa instead of milk!

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  13. I'm well impressed you actually hand mixed these! With biscuits & cookies I always chuck them in the electric mixer; the armflab isn't quite strong enough to do it by hand!

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    1. I was quite impressed I did too - it was hard work but well worth it!

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  14. These look lovely! I've seen a few people with Tanya's baking book now, I'll have to look out for it as all the recipes look nice.

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    1. You probably won't be disappointed!

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  15. I like biscuits! especially chocolate ones:) I love the cow oven gloves :)
    sounds like you had fun making them :)

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  16. I like the sound of these, its a shame you didn't like them though! x

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  17. Great choice for the first post on this series. Mary Berry's Chocolate Fork Biscuits are perfect for a cup of coffee as I read a book. Looking forward to your next post in baking. :)

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  18. Yummy! I might have to make these for my next get-together!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

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    1. My mom said they were lovely, but I didn't like them - so go for it!

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  19. I've always wanted to try Mary Berry's recipes as I'm a big fan of bake-off. These chocolate biscuits look great :) Never heard of a fork biscuit before!

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  20. I love Mary Berry she is awesome especially on the Bake Off with Paul Hollywood. Sadly I am not great at baking or cooking but I will try my best.

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    1. Neither am I, but practice makes perfect right?!

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  21. I'm delighted that you are baking & sharing with us! Feel free to join in with #bakeoftheweek when we are back after our summer break. Fork biscuits are such fun - impossible to go over the top! Just enjoy :-)

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  22. Woow these cookies looks amazing! Love the idea of these series, always inspiring with new recipes on the kitchen! x

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