Anyone who grew up in the UK will be familiar with the Jammie Dodger – a shortcake biscuit sandwich with a chewy, jammy filling. Millions of these are sold every year, identifiable by the perfect heart-shaped hole in the top showing the red jam inside.
It would be difficult to replicate them at home – they wouldn’t be quite the same – but Edd Kimber’s The Boy Who Bakes has a contemporary version using passion fruit.
The first part of the recipe involves making a fruit curd with passion fruit juice, egg yolks and butter. The shortcake biscuit contains a little dessicated coconut, and when I first assembled one I found that it dominated the flavour. I added more fruit curd, and was pleased with the result – sweet, tropical and a little sharp.
Assembling these reminded me a little of making macarons – the biscuits come out of the oven in slightly varying shapes and sizes. Putting them together means finding matching pairs. Perhaps this kind of perfection is more easily achieved in the factory than at home.