I wasn’t sure if I was going to do Bake Off Bake Along this year. Mainly because I wasn’t sure if I was going to even watch Bake Off this year, but I’m glad I have decided to. I’ve really enjoyed the last two episodes. I realised that I didn’t really watch Bake Off for either Mel or Sue or even the judges. Really I think it’s the contestants that make the show. Which is probably a good thing, as I’m not a huge fan of either Noel or Sandi.
And I wasn’t going to get involved in Bake Along because I wasn’t sure I had the time. Then I realised that there wasn’t anything forcing me to take part every single week. And I didn’t want to last week because none of the bakes took my fancy. I know my limitations when it comes to baking (at the end of the day, I’m pretty shite at it) and an imitation cake is well beyond my limitations. And I really don’t like fruit cakes.
Also, I’ve been after an excuse to make these jammie dodgers for ages, so when they did sandwich biscuits I figured this was my chance.
Anyway, there’s been a big debate in my house this week over whether you can call something a jammie dodger if it’s not raspberry flavoured. I vote yes. Only because I’m pretty sure that at one point you could get differently flavoured jammie dodgers? And then secondly, they aren’t made with jam at all, rather with curd. But I don’t think that a “curdy dodger” has quite the same ring to it. And if I’m really honest, I don’t think I know what the difference between a jam and a curd is.
*Edit, I later googled and found out that you could indeed once buy jammie dodgers in different flavours. They included a Vimto flavour, which begs the question, why on earth is this not still available?
It took me bloody forever to find a Sherbert Dib Dab to sprinkle on top. They’re the kind of sweet you can only find in corner shops that sell every single kind of sweet there ever was – and unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be many of those in my part of London. If you fancy making these and decide not to bother with the sherbert, then I’d advise against that, as it really did add something to the biscuits.