Every Sunday night, I face two problems: one, that my weekly viewing of MASTERPIECE leaves me craving a pot of tea and something sweet to indulge in and two, my baking skills teeter between ‘acceptable’ and ‘possibly edible.’ And while store-bought treats can be delicious, who can resist the homemade confections cooked up by Downton Abbey’s Mrs. Patmore and Victoria’s Mr. Francatelli?
No one, that’s who.
However, with the debut of our new America’s Test Kitchen Online Cooking Contest, I saw an opportunity. While stubbornly refusing to say farewell to Ross, Demelza, and the rest of the Poldark cast with a holiday weekend binge-watch, I would try my hand at one of the contest recipes. Choosing one out of the three available options was simple: The Soft and Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies would pair perfectly with a fresh pot of black tea. And so with Cornwall’s final season of drama unfolding in the background, I got to work hoping to make Julia, Bridget, and the rest of the America’s Test Kitchen team proud with my limited baking skills.