For 2017 I am bring back Geek Cake Club….woohoo!
I went through a phase last year of baking something new every week which I really enjoyed, but as with most things life got in the way and I didn’t really have that much time to bake anymore.
But just like the great man Justin Timberlake brought Sexy back, I am bringing Geek Cake Club back for 2017.
And what better way to kick it off than by using a product I picked up last year at the BBC Good Food Show…..Smoked Sugar!
At the show I meet this great company called Smoky Braes, who make a range of smoky goodies including Smoked Sugar. Obviously this was a product that I had to buy, although I had no idea what I was going to do with it.
I thought this would be a great time to crack it out and trying using it in a recipe. I decided the best way to really let the sugar sing would be to whip up a quick biscuit bar and then sprinkle the sugar over top, I didn’t want to add it into a recipe because it might get a little lost and I wanted this recipe to be all about the smoke.
Happily it worked a treat! The biscuit was like the texture of slightly soft shortbread and the sugar added a really lovely hint of sweet smokiness to the biscuit.
I realise that not everyone can get their hands on smoked sugar, but you could very easily return this recipe into a cinnamon biscuit bar – just replace the topping with some cinnamon sugar by combining 5 tablespoons of granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, then simply sprinkle it over the biscuit before it is baked. And Hey Presto you have cinnamon sugar biscuit bars!
115g Unsalted Butter, melted
110g Light Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
140g Plain Flour
Pinch of Salt
4-5 tbsp smoked sugar or cinnamon sugar
Step 1. Pre-heat the oven to 175oC and line a 8×8 inch baking pan with greaseproof paper.
Sept 2. Gently melt the butter over a low heat, put the brown sugar and melted butter into a mixing bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon.
Step 3. Add the egg and vanilla extract to the mixture and beat lightly again with a wooden spoon
Step 4. Stir the flour and salt to the bowl until well combined. Then spread the mixture evenly into the pre prepared pan and sprinkle the smoked sugar and pop it into the oven to bake for 18-20 minutes
Step 5. Allow the cookie to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Once cool cut into bar and enjoy.