Great British Bake Off, all is forgiven! I'm a Technical Challenge convert. After being horrified by the complexity of the Angel Slices last week, I was wonderfully surprised by the simplicity of the Fig Rolls this week. I even followed the official recipe.
Memories of Childhood
We used to have fig rolls when I was younger. They came in a little cardboard tray so they all stood upright and they were chewy and gluey and I didn't like them at all.
I was only making them this week as part of the Great British Bake Off Bake Along.
It turns out, homemade ones are absolutely delicious and really easy to make. The fig filling is yummy, like Christmas the whole year round. I could have eaten it by the spoonful.
Once baked, the biscuits were crisp and yummy and my new favourite treat.
I didn't bother with the icing sugar on top, because they didn't need any extra sweetness. Next time I'm going to cut down on some of the sugar in the filling too, because the figs are sweet enough on their own. Who says baking always has to be full of sugar?! Not this time.
Are they worth a trip to the Shame Box?
Yes, yes, a hundred times yes. I would go to the Shame Box for these.
Although with all that fruit in them, they almost felt healthy! I'm already planning on making some more with my leftover figs. I can't wait!
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.