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Bake Off Bake Along: Week 8 (Tudor Week)

When I found out the theme for this week was Tudor bakes, I was bummed to say the least. It gave me horrible flashbacks to last year’s Victorian bakes challenge. I made a Charlotte Russe and hated every minute of baking it.

Historical bakes are clearly not my thing. Plus I really don’t like savoury pies. Especially *shudder* game pies. 

So I opted to make the Tudor Biscuits. But all along I had this niggling feeling in the back of my mind. Who wants to eat something from Tudor times? You know what the Tudors were famous for? Eating so much sugar it rotted their teeth. In fact, black teeth was a fashion statement. It meant you were rich. Bleurgh. These aren’t a people that I’d tend to suggest modelling a culinary style after. 

I made those damn cookies. When I make a butter-based cookie, I usually refrigerate it before baking it but I thought, “What the hell, the Tudors didn’t have refrigerators. Screw it.”  So I did. All the lovely knots that I painstakingly formed melted away in the oven. They looked like a disaster. 

Mary laughed maniacally at them and I’d had enough. In true Tudor fashion, I binned them like only a Tudor would, out the window.  It’s confirmed, I officially hate historical bakes week. 

If you desperately want to recreate this bake (why would you?) you can find the recipe below. 


Tudor Jumbles
Yields 12
1980 calories
245 g
433 g
101 g
27 g
62 g
462 g
89 g
101 g
4 g
31 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1980
Calories from Fat 886
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 101g
Saturated Fat 62g
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
Cholesterol 433mg
Sodium 89mg
Total Carbohydrates 245g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 101g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 115 g of butter
  2. 1/2 cup of sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/2 tablespoon of rose water
  5. 1 1/2 cups of flour
  6. 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  7. 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  8. 1/8 teaspoon of all spice
  1. Mix your flour with your spices in a small bowel and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Then mix in the egg and rose water. Stir in the dry ingredients a bit at a time. Bring the dough together, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Once your dough is chilled, preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F), Break your dough off into ping-pong ball sized bits and roll them out like playdoh snakes before twisting them like pretzels. Put them on an un-greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle them with extra sugar, if desired.
Rhyme & Ribbons
 *Editorial note: I didn’t actually throw them away. Sam would never let me throw food away. I’d never let me throw food away. When Sam first bit into one he said, “They taste like something a Tudor would eat.” And they totally did. The nutmeg-rosewater combination tasted a bit medicinal. But then halfway through Sam’s first cookie he exclaimed, “Actually, I really like these! They are going to be lovely with a cup of tea” 

It must be an English thing. 

They turned out so appallingly that I got the giggles. 
Mary laughing maniacally at my colossal failure. 
Dumping them out the window in true Tudor fashion. 

I hope that everyone was more successful than I was.

On to happier news! I have the pleasure of announcing the Star Baker for the week… Angela from Only Crumbs Remain for her beautiful marjolaine. It looked so intricate and was perfection itself! 

Link up your glorious bakes below! 

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  • Does he like ‘vase tea’ (Earl Grey tea) as well?

  • Mehreen A

    ‘I made those damn cookies’. I love you!

  • Angela Entwistle

    I must confess, although I’ve not made the Jumbles, I’m curios about them. There’s a place fairly to us which is called Jumble Holes…perhaps it’s where they buried the biscuits that didn’t work days gone by 😉
    Angela x

  • Angela Entwistle

    PS, thankyou so much for naming my Marjolaine as star bake 🙂 It’s made my day 🙂
    Angela x

  • Pahahahahahahahaha oh Amanda. Hahahahahahahahaha.

  • Historical weeks are simply the worst… I am still having nightmares about Victorian week last year! 😉 Love the photos, though — drowning your sorrows in Glenfiddich, is that? Interesting to read a bit about Tudor eating habits… I had no idea… sounds like everything I am against.

    • You have a good eye for whisky! 😉 It’s no small wonder that Henry VIII had terrible gout. x

      • I’d recognize that bottle anywhere 😉

  • Black teeth as a fashion statement, how interesting, and so glad I am not living in that time!

  • Dip them in chocolate and cover them in sprinkles. This has saved so many of my lacklustre bakes in the past 😉

    • It’s that medicinal tudor taste – it would have ruined the chocolate. Seriously though, Sam ate them all. I couldn’t believe it. x

  • I know the bakery shows say how the product looks is super important but for me and many others it is how it tastes that matters most. and dipped in chocolate would make a difference

    • Even if I had smothered these in chocolate, I don’t think the taste would have dramatically improved. It was that rose and nutmeg combination – definitely not my favourite! x

  • Have to agree, Tudor week was a pretty bad choice. Why must there even be historical weeks in bake Off?! I made jumbles too and to be honest, I probably won’t ever make them again! Let’s just discount Tudor Week?

  • I loved Tudor week, as I’m very interested in historical bakes. It might sound strange, as I’m vegetarian. I made a Tudor pie that was filled with veggies and spices that were available in the 16th century. It was the first time I’ve tried hot-water pastry and it was fab.
    Sorry your jumbles didn’t keep their shape.

    • I’m sure your spice and veggie mixture was fab! I’ve made hot water pastry for Sam in the past but I’m not so keen on pies myself. x

  • hahaha oh wow…yes there is nothing to say about that theme and those biscuits unfortunately. I’m not a fan of those historical bakes either and none of it truly looked appetising on the show either!

    • If they had tasted fab I could have even overlooked how hideous they were. But no – the combination of rose and nutmeg did not do it for me! x

  • Miu

    Omg, I love the pictures you took for this post!