Last week saw the second of the Great Office Bake Off take place at work, and the challenge for October was a technical bake with a twist. Nothing too tricky mind it needed to attract bakers of all experience, so I selected Shortbread and the twist, the option of adding one other ingredient of the bakers choice.
Everyone at work was conscious that we used a recipe I had not made before, not that we were competitive you understand. I selected the Whitworths Sugar Shortbread recipe, everyone had the choice to shape and bake the biscuits to their own design.
I chose to add lavender as my secret ingredient (one tablespoon) and decided on a round biscuit, I was very pleased indeed with the result. Although I would recommend some extra flour. There were five entrants in all, and as you can see from the photographs even though we all used the same recipe they are all very different. There were plenty of people wanting to sample and judge the bakes, it was a tricky task and there were only three points between the top three bakes. I have to confess that I really loved the Chocolate Chip Shortbread that won, I munched my way through quite a few of these in the afternoon!
The winners of the Great Office Bake Off were:
1st Place - A) Chocolate Chip Shortbread
2nd Place - E) Lavender Shortbread
3rd Place - B) Classic Shortbread
If you enjoyed this then be sure to read about last months #GOBO challenge when we made Loaf Bakes, which resulted in a real variety of bakes.
If you want to organise your own Great Office Bake Off you can download everything you need from the Whitworths Great Office Bake Off #GOBO Toolkit. You can also follow Whitworths Sugar on Twitter, and share your bakes via a tweet.
Disclosure: I was sent Whitworths sugar for baking and compensated for this post.