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Bake Off Make Off Week 8- Tudor Knots

Date - 12th October 2016 / Author - Billie / Category - Bake Off Make Off, Recipes, Tutorial

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Tudor Week… ?

Huh. Well I didn’t see that coming… ever. Tudor week. What an odd theme! We’ve all happily gone along with it though!

I’m going to go straight in and say I went for Tudor Knots this week because meat pie does NOTHING for me and neither does marzipan, and actually, as it turns out, Tudor Knots aren’t anything to get giddy about either…

I would’ve been a miserable Tudor!

Tudor Knots are fine really, they just aren’t sweet enough for me but that may be because I’ll happily eat several tablespoons of golden syrup without a second thought.

I’m kinda into my sugar you see?

Tudor Knots are a slightly sweet, spiced biscuit type bake but in all honesty they aren’t something I’ll ever make again.

I wouldn’t be excited to eat one, which I am with literally every other bake.

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This Week’s Bake Off

The Signature

The signature bake was to make a selection of individual meat pies. Soz but blegch. I don’t like savoury pies, I know loads of people do but I’m only happy with pies inc sugar.

That’s why my name isn’t Savoury Darling.

The Technical

This week’s technical was Jumbles aka Tudor Knots. A fancy-looking spiced biscuit-type bake traditionally made with aniseed and caraway seeds.

You’ll see in my recipe I used mixed spice and cinnamon sugar because they are more my kind of flavours. You may also do any kind of knot you like, as long as it looks jumbled šŸ™‚

The Showstopper

The showstopper was to make a marzipan centrepiece. With marzipan made from scratch. Lol! This is where we’d all be screwed. Have you everĀ madeĀ marzipan?

Also wondering if Queen Elizabeth I is a distant cousin of mine since learning the way to her heart was via sugar.

Holla Queeny!

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Making Tudor Knots

You will get about 10 Tudor Knots from this mix. Make sure you use flour when you are shaping your Tudor Knots otherwise it will be a colossally sticky mess.

Dust your hands with a bit of flour, pinch off some dough and roll it into a ball. Roll it into a sausage and elongate it on a work surface. Bring in some flour if everything starts getting sticky.

Once your sausage of dough is around 10-15mm thick, pinch the two ends together to form a ring, bring the bottom up over the top to form a triangle of loops.

Pull one of the bottom loops through the loop next to it (hopefully this makes more sense with the video!)

Once baked, use a small amount of honey brushed onto your biscuits for the cinnamon sugar to stick to.

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Bake Off Make Off Week 8- Tudor Knots
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
10 knots 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 knots 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Bake Off Make Off Week 8- Tudor Knots
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
10 knots 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 knots 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 40 g butter
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 115 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 270 g plain flour plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tbs mixed spice
  • 1 tbs honey for glazing
  • 80 g caster sugar for dipping
  • 1 tbs cinnamon for dipping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C fan and line 2 baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
  2. Beat butter and milk together but don't worry about it being completely combined.
  3. Add sugar and beat. Don't expect this to be light and fluffy, there is too much sugar.
  4. Add eggs and mix until ingredients are combined.
  5. Add flour and mixed spice and mix until a thick dough forms.
  6. Pinch off a piece of dough and roll into a ball using lightly floured hands. Roll into a sausage and shape into a knot. This can be any kind of knot but to do the same as mine, check the instructions in the post above and watch the video.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Mix your remaining 80g caster sugar and 1 tbs cinnamon together.
  9. Brush each of your biscuits with a little honey and dip into the cinnamon sugar.
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