Already bored on first day of Maternity Leave, saw Mary Berry making Easter biscuits which are one of my favourites on TV and thought how hard can this be? Not too difficult. Recipe easy to follow, biscuits look a lot more interesting, but a lot less eastery than Mary Berry’s creation. Taste ok though.
Inspired by this, here are 10 problems that Mary Berry probably doesn’t face when baking.
1. Spending 10 minutes looking for the attachments for the hand whisk. Finding them in the washing up. Having no recollection of using them recently.
2. Ingredients in cupboard may or may not be what you want…. do I trust a jar labelled Self raising flour to be this?
3. Only one cooling rack. Recipe really requires at least three. Playing musical biscuits trying to get them to cool.
4. Raisins will substitute for currents wont they? Well yes, unless you want your Easter biscuits to take on the look of the constituent parts trying to escape.
5. Christmas, Mickey Mouse and Gingerbread men cookie cutters will substitute for Bunnies, eggs, and chicks for Easter biscuit shapes.
6. Mixing three types of flour because there is no one jar with enough in. May or may not be the correct flour type (see point 2)
7. Oven of variable temperature. Some biscuits barely cooked. Others with burnt raisins. (This is a recurring theme – baking has varying degrees of success in this oven)
8. Timer running out of power halfway through cooking (downside of using mobile phone). No idea what time has elapsed. Second batch slightly crispy.
9. Floor covered in sultanas/raisins, flour sugar, bits of grease-proof paper. Unable to bend down to clear up due to status of 38 weeks pregnant.
10. Every work surface covered in bowls, whisks, ingredients, rubbish. I suspect Mary has enough work space, more organisation and the ability to tidy as she goes.
But, the biscuits taste nice, I may get the toddler to decorate some tomorrow (if he hasn’t eaten them already)