Gastronomically Terrific

January 28, 2016

Butterscotch Marshmallow Bars

Filed under: biscuits, Cake, Sweets — Tags: , , , — lawsonanna @ 1:39 pm

I don’t have a photo of this bake. Trust me, you don’t mind. It looked rubbish. I had seen this in one of my cookbooks and thought it looked really tempting.  It also helpfully used up the left-over double cream I had lying around in the fridge.

These bars start with you making a dough to put on the bottom of a baking tray, before making a butterscotch sauce which you pour over the dough and marshmallows, and them leave the whole thing to set in the fridge.

Somehow, I managed to mess up every stage of this recipe. It didn’t feel right to have a dough on the base anyway, and I really messed up making the butterscotch sauce (I know I over-boiled it). I know the final result was bad, because nobody was willing to eat it – not even my dad. And he eats anything. Whilst the awful end result was partly my fault, I have a suspicion it was also partly the recipes fault – this isn’t something I’m inspired to try again!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days Recipes to Make Every Day Special, by Tarek Malouf and The Hummingbird Bakers, pg. 182-3


December 26, 2014

Shortbread stars

Filed under: biscuits, Christmas — Tags: , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 10:31 pm

Shortbread starsHaving made quite a lot of bakes over the past few days, I wasn’t sure how many more I could be bothered to do of what I had planned. Then I looked at the recipe for these… they are so, so easy to make! Probably the easiest shortbread I have ever made, you simply mix together plain flour and caster sugar, and add lots of margarine. It takes a while to incorporate all the margarine into the dough, but once you have you just roll it out and cut out star shapes. Even that’s easy, because it’s shortbread so you roll the dough out fairly thickly.

You then put the stars into the oven for 15-20 minutes, let them cool, and add some melted chocolate (I just drizzled it over with  a spoon, but there’s no reason you couldn’t do something more fancy). The whole process took no more than half an hour – which was perfect as I made these sandwiched between making my Christmas garland fairy cakes and my aromatic Christmas ham. And they even taste pretty good!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Christmas, pg. 32-33

December 24, 2014

Festive cheese biscuits

Filed under: biscuits, Christmas, vegetarian — Tags: , , , — lawsonanna @ 10:25 pm
Before they were baked, ready for the oven...

Before they were baked, ready for the oven…

In contrast to the Christmas star fairy cakes, these were really easy – and fun – to make. I made the full batch of 50 or so biscuits, so that we had some for the host of people visiting us over the weekend before Christmas, and some for our Christmas visitors as well.

The recipe for these is basically flour, cheese, a couple of spices and an egg yolk, and it’s a really easy dough to mix together and roll out. You do need to leave the dough to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, but other than that it’s just a case of rolling the dough out, cutting out shapes (I used a variety of festive-looking stars, holly and bells cutters etc.) and baking them in the oven for 10 minutes or so.

The biscuits taste lovely and cheesy and are very mawish – I was eating them before visitors had arrived. Luckily I’d made enough so that there were some left over…

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Christmas, Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris and Judith Merrell, pg. 10-11

September 25, 2014

Gingerbread Ted

Filed under: biscuits, party — Tags: , , , — lawsonanna @ 8:40 pm

23 Gingerbread manAnd so, on to the sweet dishes for my son’s 2nd birthday party. First up was some gingerbread men. Now, I have made gingerbread men before – but I don’t do it that often, so had to follow a recipe. Whilst making gingerbread men isn’t too complicated, the dough isn’t the simplest to make, and of course you then have to (well, you can) decorate the men. The dough requires additional spices to make it taste of ginger – in this case I used ground ginger, ground cinnamon and ground cloves – which seemed to work!

The recipe books suggested that you use white fondant icing to cover the gingerbread men before decorating them with Smarties for buttons and writing icing for their mouth and eyes. I thought this might be overkill (especially considering all the other sweet things that would be on offer), so chose to just add Smarties and the writing icing. It seemed to work, and I was actually quite proud of these men. I made a lot, so there were a fair few left over – but they seemed to disappear pretty quickly in the following week when taking them to friend’s houses!

 Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hats and Bells Children’s Party Cookbook, Hatty Stead and Annabel Waley-Cohen, pg. 28-9

April 28, 2014

Easter biscuits

Filed under: biscuits, Easter — Tags: , , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 9:22 pm

Easter biscuitsAn easy bake to use up ingredients I had been baking with over the past week or so, I admit I was a few days late with making my Easter biscuits. I make these biscuits most years, and know basically what I’m doing – although there are a number of variants to the recipe, and I don’t follow exactly the same one every year.

This year I chose to use caster sugar instead of soft light brown sugar (although I think, on the whole, I probably prefer brown sugar in these), and I used orange juice instead of lemon juice. I almost always use lemon juice, but I had an orange to use up in the fridge and no lemon. So that decision was made for me. The recipe is simple – cream together sugar and eggs, add the dry ingredients and juice, then add enough milk to make a dough.

This year, perhaps the most enjoyable part of the baking was letting my 20 month old son get involved in cutting out the shapes. I let him choose the biscuit cutters, then push them down into the dough. Admittedly, he picked completely inappropriate cutter shapes for Easter biscuits, and needed some help with the actual cutting, but overall we both really enjoyed the process. And I made sure I made some traditionally shaped ones too!

Who made it: Anna and Joe

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, pg. 22-23

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