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Jumbles with a White Chocolate Lemony Drizzle

Bosworth Jumbles
These jumbles with a white chocolate lemon drizzle came about serendipitously. I often borrow cookbooks from my local library; it’s a great way to properly peruse new (or old) titles without having to buy them. I have limited space in the house and really need to justify buying new books. Sometimes, of course, I just can’t help myself. Paul Hollywood’s British Baking was a recent book that made its way onto my bedside table, courtesy of Liskeard library.

To my great joy, one of the recipes in the book was for jumbles, a biscuit which according to Paul was a great favourite of Richard III; they are sometimes called Bosworth jumbles. I’d always wondered about these biscuits that I’d read about in What Katy Did at School, oh so many years ago. I don’t know if New England jumbles are the same as our Bosworth ones, but I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. 

It just so happened that I’d recently been sent a large box of Spanish citrus from 3p Fruits. What a joy to have such a cherry and fragrant bundle in the house: nine kilos of pink grapefruit, large juicy oranges and bright yellow zesty lemons – all of them are organic. If I’m using the zest or peel in any way, I like my citrus to be organic. That way, you can guarantee that the skins are unwaxed and contain no nasty chemicals.

Spanish Citrus

The box arrived with the fruit in perfect condition and also included a jar of honey and some blanched almonds which I’d requested. More of these in my next post. The grapefruit were really juicy with a mix of sweet aromatic citrus and bitter undertones. The oranges were sweet, both in taste and scent, but had enough sharpness to give a good flavour. The lemons were also particularly juicy. I passed a few on to friends and family who were delighted with them. You can buy fruit, vegetables, olive oil, almonds and a number of other products from 3pFruits and they will be delivered from their farm in Spain in just a few days.

Paul suggests drizzling lemon icing over the jumbles. I decided to make a lemony white chocolate to drizzle over mine instead. I also upped the quantities a little as I thought ten, just weren’t quite enough; they were destined for CTs mother after all.

 Bosworth Jumbles

The biscuits were deliciously zesty and combined well with the sharp but creamy icing. The lemon and white chocolate combination was a revelation and I shall be using this again and again. The freshly ground almonds make such a difference; they give flavour as well as texture with a slight crunch from the bits that didn’t quite get ground up. I’m very happy with my jumbles and they sort of tasted like I imagined they might. Perhaps if Richard had been fortified with jumbles that morning, the Battle of Bosworth might have turned out differently.

Do look out for the rather special citrus recipe I shall be posting on Valentine’s Day. 

Jumbles with a White Chocolate Lemon Drizzle
Yields 12
Soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, these biscuits taste beautifully zesty. The sweet but sharp chocolate drizzle makes for a lovely contrast.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 60g wholemeal spelt
  2. 60g white spelt
  3. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 70g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
  5. 30g freshly ground almonds.
  6. 1 organic lemon.
  7. 30g unsalted butter
  8. 40ml milk
White Chocolate Drizzle
  1. 25g white chocolate (I used G&B)
  2. 1 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. Grate in zest from the lemon.
  3. Cut butter into pieces and rub it into the flour mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Add enough milk to form into a soft dough.
  5. Cover the dough and leave in the fridge or other cold place to firm up for an hour.
  6. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll each one into a stick shape just under a cm thick.
  7. Form into figures of eight and place on a baking tray.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes at 180℃ until lightly golden, then place on wire rack to cool.
  9. Melt the chocolate in a bowl placed over hot water with 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  10. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth.
  11. Drizzle over the jumbles.
Adapted from Paul Hollywood's British Baking
Adapted from Paul Hollywood's British Baking
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
Biscuit Barrel LogoThe theme of this month’s Biscuit Barrel is loved ones. Well I made these for CT’s mother for a recent visit. As it happened most of them were polished off by a dear friend and CT. Either way, they were made with love for loved ones. This challenge is hosted by Alexandra of The Lass in the Apron on behalf of Laura of I’d Much Rather Bake Than ….

 

Treat Petite LogoIn a similar vein of making something for loved ones, I am entering these into Treat Petite with The Baking Explorer and CakeyBoi where Love is in the Air.

 

Bookmarked RecipesBeing as jumbles was the first recipe I bookmarked from Paul’s book British Baking and the only one I got around to making, I am sending this off to Jac over at Tinned Tomatoes for Bookmarked Recipes.

 

NB October 2016 – These Bosworth jumbles could be tied into a knot as they were on the recent Tudor episode of The Great British Bake Off, but a figure of eight is a lot simpler to achieve.

Many thanks to 3p Fruits for the citrus and almonds. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own. Supporting brands I work with helps keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.

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    Laura Ludlow
    12th February 2015

    MMMMM those made my mouth water. I might have to give them a go! Love the idea of using the library for cook books!

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      Choclette Blogger
      14th February 2015

      Thanks Laura. Our library is really good for cookbooks and it’s a good way of dealing with any space issues too.

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    Kumba Dauda
    12th February 2015

    Omg, these look absolutely delicious! I will have to try out this recipe

    xx

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    Johanna GGG
    13th February 2015

    I have a recipe for jumbles in my folder of magazine clippings from my childhood – though I have a feeling they were called honey jumbles – always wanted to make them – thought they were quite bready but yours look more biscuity and short. Would love to taste them and imagine myself at the court of Richard III or maybe just at school with Katy

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      Choclette Blogger
      14th February 2015

      Oh yes, honey sounds good and of course that’s what would have been used in Richard III’s day. These were definitely biscuits, but were chewy rather than crisp.

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    Deena Kakaya
    13th February 2015

    White chocolate and lemon drizzle…you really do have the best ideas for chocolate xx

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      Choclette Blogger
      14th February 2015

      Thanks Deena – it’s a great discovery, the sharpness of the lemon juice is a great foil for the sweet creaminess of the white chocolate.

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      Choclette Blogger
      14th February 2015

      Yes, something to do with sweet and sharp together I reckon Katie – makes for an interesting combination.

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    Kate Glutenfreealchemist
    13th February 2015

    We made jumbles (gluten free of course) for a class of 30 from an original Tudor recipe last term (home work!). It involved shaping the dough and then dropping into boiling water for a few minutes and then baking after that! They were cinnamon and ginger spiced and a bit chewy…… but the kids loved them! I have some photos somewhere….. maybe I should post them?!

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      Choclette Blogger
      14th February 2015

      Oh yes do Kate, that would be fascinating. Dropping them in boiling water sounds interesting – a bit like bagels? Look forward to seeing more.

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    belleau kitchen
    14th February 2015

    they look so good… ever since seeing them on Facebook i’ve wanted to know what they are. I love them! Never heard of them but they look great don’t they and all that glorious fresh zest and juice too… also quite fun to make with their figure of eight style. Gorgeous!

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      Choclette Blogger
      14th February 2015

      I think traditionally they are meant to be tied in knots, but I reckoned a figure of eight was sort of a knot!

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    14th February 2015

    I’ve never tried these before, but I am all in favour of anything that is lemon flavoured. I think when you borrow cookbooks you actually spend more time with them. Sometimes when you buy them, you think you have ages to read them and put them aside

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    Kat BakingExplorer
    15th February 2015

    These look so much fun and citrus flavours are always so tasty! Thanks for entering them into Treat Petite!

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    Karen S Booth
    15th February 2015

    I LOVE jumbles and remember making them with my grandmother! These look extremely tempting with their citrus flavours. I love reading borrowed books from the library, it’s the excitement of a new book that you have to return, so you look it it longer I think. Karen

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      Choclette Blogger
      15th February 2015

      I remember you doing a jumbles recipe on your blog some time ago Karen and I meant to go back and check it before I made these, but I didn’t manage it. Will try to take a look now. And yes, absolutely true what you say about library book.

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    Laura Denman
    2nd March 2015

    Oh how lovely. I adore the shape of these and would no doubt eat more than my fair share. Thanks for entering them into the biscuit barrel!

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      Choclette Blogger
      2nd March 2015

      Thanks Laura – I didn’t get a chance to eat more than my fair share, which is probably just as well 😉

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