Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Weekly Bake Off : Apricot Swiss Cakes



It's been a while since I've baked with the Weekly Bake Off where the aim is to bake a recipe chosen at random by Amy our lovely host, from Mary Berry's 100 Cakes and Bakes. The chosen recipe is announced on twitter (@weeklybakeoff) every Monday and you have until Sunday to send in a picture of your bake via twitter. 

Apricot Swiss Cakes were chosen this week. I decided to make these late at night after a particularly stressful day as I needed something to cheer me up.  They were quick and easy to whip up but I do need to practice my piping skills! The cakes retained some of the 'swirl' shape which I was pleased about. I didn't have any apricot jam so I used strawberry and raspberry jam which is what is used traditionally.

I would call these biscuits rather than cakes as it has a really soft, buttery and crumbly texture similar to shortbread and absolutely delicious with the jam in the middle. You can use any type of jam with this. I am definitely making these again as they are really easy to make and taste great! Plus they look really cute and are perfect with a cup of tea. 


 pipe the mixture into the paper case 

 slightly overcooked... oops! 

 add a small teaspoon of jam in the middle. I forgot to sprinkle icing sugar! 

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Recipe is from Mary Berry's 100 Cakes and Bakes page 71 

26 comments:

  1. How pretty are they? And how much do I want to reach in and grab one? Lots!!!!

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    1. They really did make me smile after the super stressful day. I'll send some over ... catch! :)

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  2. These swirls are so perfectly piped and nice that they stayed very well after baking.

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  3. They look really tasty and are very beautiful

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    1. thanks they were very tasty indeed :)

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  4. I would eat a cookie anytime! these look delicious, I am almost tasting them from here yummy!! enjoyed this post and will make these for sure...

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    1. They were definitely delicious! Hope you enjoy them.

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  5. oh they just look so light and fluffy... perfect to have one or two... or three with a cup of tea!

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  6. They do look fab! Hope mine turn out as nice :)

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    1. I'm sure they will, probably not almost burnt like mine!

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  7. I've seen cookies very similar to these before and I've always wondered how to make them - your's look delicious and now I know how to make them =) The best part (at least in version I've had) is the delicate crumble-in-your-mouth texture...

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    1. They are really easy to make. Just mix everything together, pipe and bake. They do melt in your mouth :)

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  8. Wow, these look delicious. I love the jam in the center.

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    1. Thanks, the jam looks pretty and tastes good too!

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  9. These look fabulous Ros and very similar to some that I make from the Be-Ro cookbook......lovely and buttery and crumbly!

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    1. Thanks Karen. They were very buttery and crumbly indeed and highly addictive!

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  10. These look so very pretty. Only they can't be easy if they involve piping. I don't seem to be any further forward with piping than I was when I first tried it!

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    1. The batter was easy to make up and they were quick to bake. The piping makes it look pretty so it's worth it :) My piping skills don't seem to be improving either!

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  11. Oh I absolutely adore these - my mother used to bake them a lot when I was younger. I absolutely adored coming home from school to find a fresh batch of these - thanks for the memories... it's been years since I had them... will have to give them a try myself soon!

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    1. Glad to be able to jog your pleasant memories :) I'm definitely making them again or trying my hand at viennese whirls!

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  12. These are so cute :) I've never had Apricot Swiss Cakes either and these do look more like biscuits than cakes hehe they remind me of the butter cookies that they have in Asian bakeries :D

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    1. I should have renamed mine strawberry/raspberry swiss cakes! I love butter cookies :)

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