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…)
The cookies I made this year come from the Top with Cinnamon cookbook, but with a little spin on the recipe, of course. I adore malt flavoured things, especially biscuits – those really plain Malted Milk biscuits are one of my favourites – so I opted to add a little malt powder and I didn’t bother browning the butter because a) I’m a little lazy and b) I didn’t want to distract from the malt and the chocolate by over complicating things.
A little side note about the chocolate is that I picked up a bag of chocolate chips from a local Chocolatier, based here in Inverness town centre. The Chocolate Place is a lovely little shop at the end of Academy Street with some delicious looking chocolate gifts, perfect for stocking fillers! Take a look at their website as they have an online shop which delivers throughout the country. The chocolate chips were great, I always go for dark chocolate in baking and these had a deep flavour with that hint of bitterness that you need. (more…)
As I mentioned earlier in the week, I have been experimenting with a new cookie recipe. As you can (hopefully) tell these spiced treacle cookies were a success! For some reason I had a real craving for baked goods containing treacle. No idea what inspired such a thing but I am a big fan of the stuff. It has such a deep and subtle sweetness but with a very distinctive flavour of its own, and it goes great with spices. They are pretty much a classic combination – think Christmas cake.
Using the base recipe from a cookie I’ve baked before I changed up a few elements to see how things would turn out. Firstly I created a buerre noisette – I’ve started referring to brown butter by it’s French name…one, to make it sound like I know what I’m on about, and two, because I’ve been told that brown butter doesn’t sound appetising…I don’t know what’s wrong with people, it sounds like all kinds of awesomeness to me.
Second change was to reduce the sugar slightly and replace it with the treacle. This allows the treacle flavour to really shine and make the cookies slightly less crunchy and liable to burning when baked.
Thirdly I added some spices, in two different ways. In to the cookie dough went cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice and freshly grated nutmeg, along with a good pinch of salt. Then, once the cookies were formed I rolled them in a mixture of sugar, those same spices and some sea salt. The sea salt brings the treacle to life, I love it when you take a bite with a big salt flake – flavour heaven! The sugary coating also makes the cookies look pretty and sparkly once they leave the oven.
Loving the behind the scenes look at Kate of The Little Loafs cookbook shoots! I adore the concept behind the book, homemade versions of sweet treats we’re so familiar with. I wish her every success with it when it’s released next year.
Whilst doing research for an upcoming order I came across these little beauties. Summery, beach inspired sugar cookies. Adorable!
The Bake Off is back and I’m loving it! The cookies in the photo above were inspired by biscuit week. They are coconut and lime shortbread and they tasted pretty good if I do say so myself! Recipe to come soon!