Today I would like to welcome my very first guest blogger to Ever So Sweet! Thanks to the wonders of Facebook I have discovered a fellow northern foodie in Melanie from Melanie’s Food Adventures. Pop on over to her blog for lots of family cooking inspiration and delicious looking treats – her most recent post for Maple Pecan Bars sounds delicious! As soon as Melanie suggested oyster shaped biscuits for Valentine’s Day I knew that was the one. It made me chuckle and is a great alternative to pink, red and hearts. So…over to Melanie for the recipe!
I’ve had so much fun making these, I genuinely smiled while baking them! Thank you to Kirsty for asking me to write a piece for her blog, I’ve loved baking these!!
Perhaps I should start with a little bit about me & my blog. My name is Melanie, and I live in a small village in Aberdeenshire with my husband and 3 year old son. Last year I decided I start my blog, after getting to the stage where I worried that I was boring friends on Facebook with all my baking pictures! So I decided to create somewhere where I could record everything and let people visit who had an equal love of baking (and sprinkles!). (more…)
One of these pistachio biscuits could disappear in two bites…or about 5 seconds. This is both good and bad. It’s a sign they taste really good but it also means its’s very hard to stop at one. The are delicately flavoured with pistachios in the biscuit itself, then liberally coated on the edges. The pistachio crust makes these otherwise plain biscuits something special. The green tinged jagged edge, studded with the odd salt flake just looks beautiful.
This recipe comes from the Biscuiteers blog. They reached out to me recently and asked if I would try one of their recipes and share it with you guys. Of course, I have added my own spin to the biscuits, mostly to make them faster and easier to bake. The Biscuiteers provide gift boxes of the more beautifully iced biscuits ever! Have a look at their site…some of the designs they have come up with in royal icing are quite spectacular. (more…)
In contrast to the complicated croissants, here we have some simple biscuits. Chocolate and pistachios are a favourite flavour combination of mine, particularly with a little sprinkling of sea salt to set the whole thing off, yum!
These slice and bake biscuits come from a gorgeous, and relatively new, cookbook of mine called ‘A La Mere de Famille’ and is a collection of stories and recipes from a French chocolatier. It’s a beautiful book to look at and filled with lovely sweets, cakes and biscuits, but the two sections I’m most looking forward to diving in to are ‘Jams and Spreads’ and ‘Recipes from the Ice-cream Maker’. Crunchy chocolate almond spread is definitely in my future and as soon as summer hits I’m making Chocolate-Caramel Popsicles (which seem to be like posh Magnums). (more…)
So these cookies are a little late, but it doesn’t need to be Valentines Day to tell someone you love them, especially if you have cookies! I made these last week for the latest Baking Club meet up, which was held in the Waverley Tearooms – who were very friendly and accommodating of us.
There was about nine or ten of us this month and there was, as always, a delicious array of baking. It all tasted delicious, one of my favourites was Bex’s cheesy apple hearts…cheese, pastry and apple…what’s not to love!
I made these delicate grapefruit sandwich cookies – sweet and light with just the right amount of citrus-y tang. I added the white chocolate hearts because…well, it was Valentines Day after all!