Recipes...Yum!

Orange and hazelnut biscotti

Posted by me on October 31, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Biscotti- are Italian cookies which literally translates into ‘twice baked’ and are one of the tastiest and simplest biscuits to bake as well as making a wonderful gift when placed into a pretty glass jar or cellophane bag tied with ribbon or raffia.

A ‘good’ biscotti should be crunchy but not teeth breaking or jaw crunchingly hard and the secret is to bake them for the second ti...

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Grasmere Gingerbread

Posted by me on October 9, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)


An hour’s drive away up the M6 motorway from the Market town of Chorley in Lancashire (where I live) is the beautiful Cumbrian village of Grasmere, nestled amoungst the hills and mountains of some of the most picturesque scenery in the English Lake district. It is Famous for two things, the Poet William Wordsworth who lived in the village for fourteen years and proclaimed that Grasmere was “the loveliest spot tha...

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Cheddar Cheese and seeded Oaty Crispbreads

Posted by me on October 29, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

If you think that Crispbreads are the cardboard tasting, diet induced slices of 'nothingness' then you really need to wrap your gnashers around homemade cheddar and multi seeded oaty crispbreads inspired by delicious Smorgasbord breads from Scandinavia, because there is absolutely nothing bland or cardboard like about these crisp, seed packed and tasty little babies...

Try them heaped with creamy butter, slabs of chedd...

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Swedish inspired Chocolate and oat cookies

Posted by me on October 28, 2015 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Every now and then I manage to persuade my poor other half that we really need to spend a spare Sunday traipsing around a very large Swedish furniture store with hundreds of other like minded couples buying lots of stuff that ( actually in truth) we really dont need and then trying to ram it all in our car like a giant Tetris puzzle.

As a peace offering I buy a box of scrummy oat cookies that are san...

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Cinnamon and honey cracker S'Mores

Posted by me on August 10, 2015 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)


I am off on my holidays tomorrow to our favourite city on the planet, Las Vegas, Nevada in the good old USA (11,8,2015) and thought I would share the baking I indulged in yesterday in honour of our little excursion across the Atlantic... These bad boys are a cross between an English Digestive biscuit        ( boring!) a Rich tea biscuit (even more boring) and a child hood favourite a Wagon Wheel ( so much b...

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Goosnargh Biscuits

Posted by me on July 26, 2015 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Makes approximately 20

Lancashire is rightly proud of its baking heritage and some of the delicious cakes and biscuits that originate in the county (probably to cheer the inhabitants up from having to live with the wet and windy climate for most of the year!)

Near to the City of Preston is a small pretty village with the quaint name of Goosnargh which is renowned for its caraway seeded shortbread although unfort...

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Charamallo biscuits

Posted by me on March 22, 2015 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Makes 30

There is something quite comforting about the humble marshmallow, little pillows of billowing squidgeyness in soft pastel shades that entice you with the silent promise of biting into a cloud of vanilla and sugary goodness. Wagon Wheel biscuits were a favourite childhood treat and seemed to fill my chubby little hands like a giant toy Frisbee taking an age to eat. I have created these delicious caramel bis...

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Lemon and blueberry cookies

Posted by me on November 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Lemon and butter goodness in one delicious mouthful with a dusting of sugar and a drizzle of chocolate, these scrummy cookies make a lovely little gift when bagged up in cellophane bags tied with some festive ribbon... or you can simply make a batch and munch them hamster style :) x

What you need

300g plain flour plus a little extra for dusting

200g butter

100g ca...

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Scottish seedy, cheesy oatcakes (makes at least 15)

Posted by me on October 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In 1755 Samuel Johnson in his famous dictionary of the English language quoted rather unkindly to the staple diet of Scots (oats) as “a grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people’ to which Patrick Murray, 5th Lord Elibank of East Lothian replied ‘yes and where would you see such horses and such men!’

I for one wouldn’t argue with a big hairy Scots...

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Cheesy Sneezies

Posted by me on October 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Makes 12

The first time I ever made these biscuits I ended up knocking the dried mustard powder everywhere, triggering a humungous sneezing attack, so rather than calling them something boring such as ‘seeded cheesy biscuits’ I decided to name them in honour of their first tumultuous baking in this world.

Perfect with drinks, they are decidedly morish and well worth making up a double b...

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Spooky gingerbread mummies

Posted by me on October 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

These adorable cookie mummies are the perfect treat for Halloween and can easily be made by small hands using very little equipment, so what are you waiting for? Grab a bowl and mix up a batch of gingerbread cookie dough.... Happy Halloween x

Makes approximately 12 (depending on the size of your cutter)

What you need

350g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting

1 level teaspoon bica...

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Bourbon biscuits

Posted by me on April 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I cannot imagine anything more British than sitting with your feet up on the sofa, watching slushy soap operas with a steaming mug of tea and a biscuit or three and these traditional Bourbon biscuits fit the bill perfectly, the only decision that has to be made is whether to dunk or not to dunk…..

Bourbon biscuits (or Bourbon creams) originated in Bermondsey, London in 1910 and were called Creola biscuits by their manu...

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Nutty cheesecake cookies..... free from Gluten

Posted by me on March 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Crisp, utterly nutty and filled with unctuous cheesecake filling these hearty cookies are the perfect mick me up whether you are gluten intolerant or not, simply enjoy.....

(makes 12 filled cookies)

What you need

150g gluten free self raising flour

75g brown rice flour

50g toasted flaked almonds

65g pistachios, chopped

115g butte...

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Crystallised ginger biscuits .....Gluten free

Posted by me on February 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Wet, cold winter afternoons are best spent baking up delicious treats in the kitchen. Ginger evokes feelings of warmth and comfort and these gluten free biscuits do a wonderful job of capturing the essence of this fiery spice perfectly. they are simplicity personified to make and bake in less than 20 minutes just what you need when the baking bug calls but you don't w...

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Bitter cherry and chocolate Chunky monkeys....sugar free

Posted by me on February 23, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Makes 16

I love a challenge, it gets my little grey cells ticking over and a whoosh of adrenaline to my heart especially if it’s anything to do with baking.

My magazine editor requested recipes that were not only sugar free but also delicious as well, a tall order as far as I was concerned as cakes, biscuits and baked goodies all need the sweet nomm-i-ness of sugar to give us that feel good factor. B...

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Gingerbread cookies

Posted by me on November 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

When I was a child I lived in Hannover, in Germany (my father was a soldier in the British army) and as a family we would visit the beautiful Harz mountain region. My overriding memories are watching colourful skaters gliding about on ice covered lakes and eating beautifully decorated soft gingerbread cookies, and to this day I cannot walk past the soft, warming smell of ginger, cinnamon and sugar without be transported back to that magica...

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Chocolate Cookie flip flops

Posted by me on November 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Summer… golden sunshine, blue skies and pretty little girly flip flops, or thongs as they call them in Australia ( would not want to put what I call thongs on my feet but hey ho!!!)

I made these cute little cookies on a whim one day as I had seen little china ornament slippers and other shoes in a small local craft shop and thought how wonderful they would be if they were edible so I made a cardboard template, a batch of...

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Hazelnut finger biscuits

Posted by me on October 23, 2011 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I used to work at a hotel in Hampshire many hundreds of years ago and I would bake these crisp little finger biscuits as petit fours, served with afternoon tea or at the end of a meal with a nice little cup of espresso, they are like a grown up version of Ferrero Rocher and absolutely delicious. I have even boxed them up in the past and given them as edible gifts at Christmas time, but they are so easy to make and completely deliciou...

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'Every thing but the kitchen sink' Cranberry, marzipan and chocolate cookies

Posted by bakinglady on December 6, 2009 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

 

I make these fabulous cookies all through the year, chucking in whatever I fancy to change the flavour. the basic ingredients and method stay the same its just the 'Fancy-Schmancy' bits that change and the only limit is your imagination....

Some combinations that have tickled our tastebuds are Fudge and raisin... coconut, dried c...

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RECIPE- Lebkuchen

Posted by bakinglady on November 14, 2009 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

When I was a child my family lived in Hannover in Germany for a few years, and Christmas was just the most magical time.  We would wrap up in fifteen layers and venture out to the snow covered markets, and on some of the stalls were beautifully iced and decorated, heartshaped Lebkuchen, ranging in size fron mouthsized morsals t...

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