Hands up, who likes biscuits? Or should I say, hands up who doesn’t like biscuits? There is a time and place for cookies; and I know a great many people that love a good chewy American styled cookie. But what about the humble biscuit? I am in the camp of “I buy these often so I can have one or two, but will end up eating the whole pack in one go and then complain about being out of shape”, but I rarely actually make them, opting normal for the aforementioned cookies., like the Americanised man I claim not to be. However who can not want to make and eat something that looks like a swiss roll, but is actually a biscuit? Chocolate Swirl cookies look good, aren’t hard to make and taste even better. Kinda like shortbread but with a chocolatey extra.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to Bake With Maria in Swiss Cottage (and I meant to write about this then but life has gotten in the way, it’s all been a bit hectic!). For those that don’t know, Bake With Maria was started by the lovely Maria a number of years ago. She started out by teaching people from her own kitchen how to make delicious bread, before the demand grew too strong and she had to make the move to her own specialised teaching kitchen space, the Baking Lab, which opened in November 2011. Maria and her small team now run a number of different types of class, moving away from just the bread.
My apologies for the lack of updates, or at least, the lack of food related ones. I will be running the 3rd and final part of my Scotland trip soon (it may go full George RR Martin though and be split into parts 1 & 2 of the same post), and I’ve a video in the works, yup you read that right! But in the meantime, I’ve been struggling with my new oven. It’s only temporary, which is a huge bonus, as it is ridiculously unreliable and seems to be completely unpredictable. My food posts over the next couple of months may be quite scarce and may include more food than baking. However I’m actually signing for a new flat today. I’ll be a resident of Bow Road from July 1st and can’t wait. The room is small but the flat is huge.