What is a Biscuit? No really what is it? (Sub-text: Epic GBBO Fail)

Cheddar and Chive Biscuit — GBBO S1, E2, Challenge 1

I have to ask what is a biscuit? In America they are great fluffy things that we drown in gravy. It’s heaven. But in England I thought they were crackers, so I choose a cheddar and rosemary biscuit from Season 1, Episode 2. I was going to pair it with a lovely tomato soup. I was so excited.

Than I noticed, that other “biscuits” were sweet. Confused I did a a quick google search and the results returned this:

“To most of the rest of the English-speaking world, a biscuit is what Americans would
refer to as either a cookie or a cracker. … A British biscuit is an American cookie and an
American cookie is a British cookie and an American biscuit is a British scone and an
American scone is something else entirely.”

Confused? So am I! If I am reading this right a British biscuit is an American Cookie. So I am wondering why would a contestant think Cheddar and Rosemary would be a good cookie? Maybe that is just me being very American, but I think a cookie should involve lots of sugar and chocolate.

However, remembering why I am doing this I followed the recipe as planned and came up with this golden little nugget (said sarcastically):

LOL, yep, that was my result. I am not sure how someone got 12 biscuits rectangle biscuits out of this recipe (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/cheese-rosemary-biscuits). I have gone over it a few times to see if I missed something important like Baking Soda, but nope, I did it right.

I can just see the look on Paul, Mary, and Prue’s faces — and I have to laugh. In the end, it was a good experience and I am glad I tried. I have a lot more baking to do over the next few years and I am sure I will get better. But my commitment on this journey is to share the good, the bad, the ugly and have fun along the way.

Next up, Scones. According to the description above a British Scone is like an American Biscuit? I was planning on creating my own flavor. I might have to rethink that learn the basics first.

4 down and 275 to go.


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