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Shortbread slice – three ways (chocolate icing, passionfruit icing, jaffa style)

Traditional scottish shortbread slice

This buttery, crumbly, melt-in-your mouth slice is a favourite in my family. This like the traditional scottish shortbread sold in pretty tins at Christmas time. In fact, I often make this as a Christmas gift.

The custard powder in the ingredients is the real secret. Sure, it’s not “traditional”. But traditional shortbread in the 16th century only had three ingredients (sugar, butter and oatmeal), and back in the 16th century they also believed that bread would not rise if there was a corpse (as in dead body) in the vicinity. And I mean, how did they even judge that? So, it’s time we all modernised a bit. (more…)

Cheeky chia dark chocolate muffins

Four chocolate chia muffins

I’m all about the hippy hipster healthy food at the moment. Here are three important things to know about chia seeds:

1. They’re oh-so-healthy
They’re made up of protein, fat and dietary fibre. Plus there’s a heap of minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous.

2. They’re grown in Australia.
Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi oi oi! (more…)

Chewy apricot oatmeal cookies with toasted almonds (and sea salt on top)

I’m trying to figure out a way to tell y’all that salt on the top of these cookies is a very good idea and will change your world.

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But as I write this I keep taking breaks to put an ice pack on my forearm that I burnt on the kettle while making a cup of tea (which I was making instead of having another glass of wine)… so I’m not really sure you should believe me.

Chewy Apricot Oatmeal Cookies with Toasted Almonds and Sea Salt

HERE is why you should believe me. Because I recently went on a tour of Theo Chocolate in Seattle, and I learnt things. Important things. OK, maybe I mainly remember loving chocolate and the guy on the tour who cracked me up by asking the world’s most obvious questions.

But, what I did learn was when you make these cookies, which I might add have a lovely combination of chewy and crunchy going on, you can say this to your friends:

“The salt on top really adds something, try having a bite with the salt facing the top of your mouth and then for more of a hit, take the next bite with the salt facing your tongue.” (more…)

Double chocolate scones

Double chocolate scones

This week I came on to Clever Muffin, clicked on Recipe Index and was puzzled when I couldn’t find this recipe. This recipe, as in the one I’m currently writing, which I’m going to go out and say is game-changing for me. I have an obsession with Bakers Delights baked goods, and when I manage to successfully re-create them it’s a big moment in my life.

But this only helps if I remember to put them on the blog for easy baking access. Especially if I’ve altered the recipe at all. (more…)

Hedgehog slice (brownie style)

Hedgehog slice

You know what a hedgehog slice looks like? A dense brownie. You know what most hedgehog slices taste like? Crumbly biscuit. FAIL.

But not this recipe. Welcome to the awesome world of adding sweetened condensed milk to your hedgehog slice.

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