Clare from Eatstuff is hosting Hay hay its Donna Day. The challenge she came up with was baking Donna Hay’s checkerboard cookies in a creative way.
The two rules were:
Cookies should have at least 2 flavours,
Cookies should have at least 2 colours.
I had been thinking about the two flavours but I found it hard to think of something really exciting. Then all of a sudden it hit meâ€¦I had to make Battenberg cookies. I had it all pictured in my head: Beautiful square cookies with yellow and pink coloured squaresâ€¦raspberry jam in betweenâ€¦surrounded by marzipan. Not only good-looking but good-tasting as well!
I wasnâ€™t sure how the marzipan would react to baking though but I felt like living on the edge 😉 and tried it. They really did look beautiful when they were unbaked, just like regular Battenberg cake. I had hoped that the marzipan wouldnâ€™t melt as much as it did but alas. They tasted wonderful however, especially the marzipan. Itâ€™s chewy in a crunchy way and the baking really brings out the flavour. Will be experimenting more with that in the futureâ€¦
I used the recipe as Clare wrote it down but omitted the cocoa part. I used a little pink colouring to colour half of the dough. Between the 2 doughs and surrounding it I spread seedless raspberry jam. The 4 logs of dough were covered in about 400 g (14 oz) of marzipan that I rolled out.