Late-Night Baking!

Thanks to my KitchenAid, free evenings and lots of mouths to share my baking with, I am now baking at least 2-3 times a week. It’s much easier to bake when you know you do not have to eat the whole thing out of guilt plus the mixer is so easy to use and it does a perfect job. After the lemon drizzle cake I did on Wednesday, today I tried out Italian Almond Biscuits – or as they’re better known, Biskuttini.

They’re dead easy to make. Yes, a bit messy but nothing some flour and water won’t fix.

So go on, try them out!

You’ll need:

– 250g plain flour

– 1 tsp baking powder

– pinch of sale

– 150g caster sugar

– 2 beaten eggs

– finely grated rind of one orange

– 100g whole blanched almonds, lightly toasted.

– Preheat the oven to 180 Celcius and lightly dust a baking tray with flour.

– Sift the flour,baking powder and salt into a bowl. Add the sugar,e ggs and orange rind and mix to a dough. Knead in the almonds.

– Roll the dough into a ball, cut into half and roll out each portion into a log about 4 cm in diameter. Place the logs on the prepared baking tray and then bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes.

– Using a serrated knife, cut the logs into 1cm diagonal slices. Arrange the slices on the baking tray and return to the oven for 15 minutes or until slightly golden.

– Transfer onto a wire rack and leave to cool and go crisp.

And voila’!

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I may have let them in a tad more than necessary, so once they are lightly golden I suggest taking them out immediately! They might not need the full final 15 minutes.

Meet Herman

This is Herman. We will take care of him for the next ten days. We shall feed him, give him water, stir him, cook him and eventually eat him.

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For Herman is a sourdough cake.

Our friend gave us Herman on his second day. I’ve just stirred him pretty well and have laid him to rest for now.

He has a busy day tomorrow – he has some eating to do!

Herman is a fun way to bake. Consider him a pet you only have to take care of for ten days. Then you get to eat him.

Here’s the instruction list:

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Go on, give it a try! Especially if you have young children – I bet they would love doing this project! Tell me how it came out and share some pictures!

You might have to figure out how to start him from anew, but if you follow a basic sourdough recipe, you should be fine.

Now whether our Herman will be alive in a week’s time is another matter…

Two Days Later and it’s Monday Again!

Good morning 🙂

It’s Monday again! What were you up to this weekend? At our place we cooked, we ate, we drank, we shopped and we ate again!

I baked this Friday, and this time round I tried out Mango and Passion Flower with White Chocolate Muffins. After my super-sweet baking episode last week, this time round I wanted something more subtle yet flavoursome. And these hit the mark!

This weekend we went shopping – yay! And we were lucky enough to be there on the first day of sales – double yay!! We found some good buys, found some nice things, and Cesca got her first pair of Crocs, which I’m totally loving! I’m still not a fan of the adults version of the shoes, although they do look comfy!

Totally for decorative purposes of course 🙂 (C’s a non-mover)

Sunday A celebrated his ever first Father’s Day and we visited Whitstable for some fresh fish, and cooked pasta with shellfish. Always a favourite with us.

As a starter we tried out a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s ItalyAmalfi Baked Lemons. I always have a surplus of lemons in the fridge, and I always end up throwing them away because I don’t find that many uses with them apart from using them in a recipe. I’ve read about how having a glass of lemon juice first thing in the morning helps as an antioxidant, so I might start taking that. But this Sunday we baked them, and they came out so good! The only thing is that they take much longer to prepare than to consume. But they’re quite simple if you want to impress and cute presentation-wise 😛

Lemons lined and check!

Ready!

Three forkfuls later and they’re gone!

Have a great week!