Ah the delicious chocolate-y, marshmallow-y, jam-y Wagon Wheel. Wagon Wheels are a snack cake in the UK, Australia, Canada, and other commonwealth countries. They are most similar to the US's Moon Pies - but I'll be honest, I like these a hell of a lot more. The jam works very nicely with the other flavors at play, and making these from scratch has resulted in a really delicious overall treat that I will most likely make again.
Wagon Wheels featured in series 9 (collection 6 on Netflix), episode 1 - Biscuit Week. They were the technical challenge for the week, and for good reason.
The wagon wheels are pretty delicious, and there are definite things you can do to make the entire creation and assembly process easier. I'll get to that below.
Something I want to note before I get into the recipe and actual baking details is this: I use a kitchen scale to measure ingredients for all of my bakes. I will do my best to include cups and spoonful measurements, but I highly recommend you invest the ~$10 to get a kitchen scale. Recipes I struggled with in the past came together beautifully when I started measuring the ingredients by weight. Measuring cups, even when they contain the amount they say they do, lend toward human error in baking. It's easy to over-pack or under-pack a measuring cup.
That said, bake however you're comfortable baking, but that's my PSA about using a kitchen scale! Moving on.
For this bake, I used Paul Hollywood's recipe.
Overall this was a pretty fun but finicky bake! There's a reason it was selected as a technical bake after all. There are a lot of moving parts to this bake, and a lot of things that you have to keep aware of.
If you wanted to make life easier on yourself, you could use both store bought jam and marshmallow fluff and only focus on baking the biscuits and doing the chocolate melt. I think it's worth it to make the marshmallow, though!
I think that I will probably make this bake again in the future, but there are some tweaks I will make to the process. For one, I'll be better aware that my standing mixer cannot whip a single egg-white properly - so that will save some time. I will also NOT start this bake at 7 PM at night. By the time I wrapped things up I was tired and didn't want to bother with trying to get a full coating of chocolate on the Wagon Wheels. Next time I make this, I'll start earlier in the day and get a full coating on them. I think it will be easier to get a full chocolate coat with a thinner layer of marshmallow, too.
Which leads me to the other thing I'll do differently: smaller piping tip for the marshmallow and a thinner layer on the biscuits. I think the marshmallow had OVER set by the time I was able to pipe it onto the cookies, so I will try and time that better next time and set it up so that the marshmallow comes out better overall.
These are very sweet, but tasty. I highly recommend having them with something salty or a bit bitter to help counter the sweetness. I had one the morning after with black coffee and it was a perfect pairing!
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