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Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 20.12.2017

'Tis the season to be jolly, so brighten up your tree with some pretty Stained Glass Cookies! These are simply delicious buttery biscuits with a crisp candy centre. Beautifully eye-catching and tasty too. It is quite amazing to see how the crushed sweets melt into a beautifully clear "window" inside the cookie. The cut out shape can be anything you choose - these are certainly not reserved for Christmas time only! I found adorable mini gingerbread men, snowmen, angels and snowflake cutters at various baking stores. Hearts and stars work well too! Ingredients: 250g butter, softened 125g castor sugar 5ml vanilla extract 1 egg yolk pinch of...

Desserts, Recipes / 15.12.2017

Perhaps I am in the minority here, but I am not keen on traditional Christmas Pudding. It can be quite heavy and rich, and in our hot climate there are so many other delightful options to end your Christmas meal. Having said that, the look of a Christmas pudding is instantly recognisable. So why not borrow that familiar, festive look but make a much more (in my humble opinion) delicious dessert! I was inspired by a Sainsbury's recipe to make this Chocolate Profiterole Christmas Pudding stack. The crisp chocolate pastry provides the perfect shell to encase a vanilla diplomat cream. A decadent drizzle of white chocolate...

Desserts, Edible Gifts, Recipes / 06.12.2017

It seems that Salted Caramel is one trend that is going nowhere! I'm quite pleased about that. It has so many delightful uses. Pour it over ice-cream, apple crumble, or pancakes. Use it to fill donuts, eclairs or sandwich your cookies or cakes together. As you can see, it is simply essential to have a go-to Salted Caramel sauce recipe. You may be surprised by how easy the recipe actually is. A sugar thermometer is not essential, but patience definitely is! Once your syrup is boiling it takes a good 15 minutes to turn a nice amber colour, and in this...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 01.12.2017

You may turn your nose up at this recipe, thinking that lavender is for your granny's pot-pourri. It is true that one must be particularly careful when baking with strong floral flavours like lavender, rose or elderflower. The last thing you want is your dessert to taste like perfume! But if you get the quantity just right, a subtle floral note in a sweet treat can be a delicious thing. Like in this Honey and  Lavender Shortbread. Honey and Lavender work beautifully together and elevate the flavour of a rather plain shortbread to something special. This shortbread is a subtly sweet,...

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