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Great British Baking Show ™

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Briony's Apple Cider Empire Biscuits
Briony's Apple Cider Empire Biscuits
Great British Baking Show ™ - Judging

Empire Biscuits are vanilla shortbreads sandwiched with jam.

Briony made Empire biscuits which originate in Northern Ireland and Scotland, but she added apple cider jam (instead of the more traditional raspberry jam) to celebrate her home town of Bristol. She added grated cooked egg yolk to make her biscuits shorter. 

Briony's biscuits were topped with icing and caramelized apple.


Paul Hollywood: "Looks good. And they are pretty uniform in colour and size. They're very neat."

Prue Leith: "I certainly like the scalloped edges. I think that looks beautiful. The shortbread melts in the mouth and is beautifully crumbly."

Paul Hollywood: "It's a crumbly, soft, buttery biscuit and then that bite comes from the apple and cider, combined with the caramelization on top, the sweetness, it just blows the mind. It's a great biscuit, that."

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About The Great British Baking Show ™

The Great British Bake Off ™ (often abbreviated to Bake Off or GBBO and referred to in the United States as The Great British Baking Show ™) is a streamed British baking competition, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other in a series of rounds, hoping to impress the judges with their baking skills. One contestant in The Great British Baking Show ™ is eliminated in each round, and the winner is selected from the three contestants who reach the final.

The Great British Baking Show ™ operates on a weekly elimination process to find the best all-around baker from the contestants, who are all amateurs. In each episode, the bakers are given three challenges based on that week's theme: a signature bake, a technical challenge, and a show-stopper. The bakes are assessed by the judges who then choose a "Star Baker" for the week, and a contestant is also eliminated. In the final round, three bakers are left and a winner is chosen from the three.

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