Technical Challenge Week 2 – Fortune Cookies

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I was very excited when I saw that fortune cookies were next on the agenda – they have been on my to-do list for so long! This finally gave me an excuse to make them, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

A silicone baking mat is required for this recipe – fortune cookies will stick to anything else (even greaseproof paper!), so make sure you have a mat! Also be aware that you need to manipulate these as soon as they come out of the oven – a small spatula can help to flip and fold the cookies to prevent burning yourself. My only other advice would be to make sure they have started to brown on the edges – underbaked dough will not harden fully and will prevent a crisp snap.

I really did enjoy making these, and I hope you will too!

Makes 12 Fortune Cookies – 6 of each

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 65g (1/2 cup) plain flour
  • 11/2 tsp cornflour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • orange food colouring

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F) / 130°C (270°F) fan. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat, and prepare fortunes for your cookies.
  2. Gently whisk the egg whites together with the vegetable oil and water.
  3. Sieve the flour, cornflour, and salt together in a separate bowl, and stir in the sugar.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the bowl and beat until smooth. Do not aerate the batter.
  5. Divide the batter into two bowls. Add the almond extract to one, and the orange extract to the other.
  6. For the orange fortune cookies, place 3 tbsp batter into a disposable icing bag and set aside. Colour the remaining batter bright orange.
  7. For the almond cookies, place one tablespoon of batter onto one side of the silicone mat and using the back of a spoon, spread until you have a 10cm (4″) circle. Repeat on the other side of the mat with a second tablespoon of mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned on the edges.
  8. Working quickly, remove from the oven and lift a cookie from the tray. Add a fortune to the centre, fold in half and press the edges to seal. Place the middle of the folded edge of the cookie on the rim of a glass to fold them in to make the classic shape. Place in a 12-hole muffin tin to cool and set. Repeat with the other cookie, and the remaining batter to make six in total.
  9. For the orange cookies, place two tablespoons of batter onto the silicone mat and spread as before. Using the piping bag, pipe six circles of light-coloured batter around the circle, 1cm in from the edge. Drag a cocktail stick through the first circle, and follow around to form a heart pattern around the outside of the cookie.
  10. Bake and shape as above, to make a further six cookies.

 

This recipe was adapted from Paul’s Fortune Cookies Recipe, which can be found on The Great British Bake Off’s website.

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