And who knows where you’ll end up? Everyone starts somewhere, after all. You can’t win the Bake Off without making a few batches of delicious, crisp biscuits first!
When Disaster Strikes…
Of course, the reality doesn’t always live up to expectations. Whether you’re a complete beginner or you’ve got a bit of baking experience behind you, mistakes happen. Perhaps you forget to set the timer. The phone rings and you get caught in a catch-up with an old friend. The kids are having a fight and you have to play referee…
And suddenly, the smell you’re getting isn’t quite the one you imagined or anticipated. It’s not the sweet, indulgent smell of fresh biscuits – it’s the acrid, bitter smell of burning!
First things first: no need to be self-critical! Nobody’s perfect, after all, and mistakes are a great way to learn.
But it’s also important not to despair. Burnt biscuits aren’t the end of the world. In fact, there are many things you can do to save the situation. So, before you reach for the bin, read our handy tips on what to do with your burnt biscuits.
Grate them good
If your biscuits are just a little burnt around the edges, they may be quite easily salvageable. You won’t even need to make another cuppa – they’ll be ready for dipping right away! Simply take a grater – ideally a very fine one, rather than a cheese grater! – and grate away those burnt edges. Before you know it, all traces of burn will be gone and you’ll have perfectly cooked biscuits. Nobody will ever have to know!
Use your bread
Of course, if your biscuits have overcooked, they may have also gone a bit harder than you’d like them. Dipping in your brew will help, of course, but if you want to soften them up, here’s a little trick: store them in an airtight container with a slice of bread and leave them overnight. The biscuits will absorb moisture from the bread and soften up nicely!
Sandwiches are always the solution
If your biscuits are a little on the hard side, there’s another great option for making sure you still get yourself a delicious sweet treat – use them for ice cream sandwiches! Simply put a scoop of your favourite ice cream between two biscuits, press together and enjoy.
A buttery biscuit base
If all else fails, blitz them up! When it comes to desserts, there are many great options that require a crumbly biscuit base – a delicious peanut butter chocolate cheesecake, for example! Simply pop your overdone biscuits in a blender – the Swan Stealth Personal Blender is a great choice – and blitz to a fine crumb. Then, store them in the freezer in an airtight bag until you’re ready to use them!