Posts Tagged ‘shortbread’

Pumpkin Pecan Squares

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I hope everyone had a fun Halloween weekend.  Did you go out guising? Or trick or treating if you’re not from the UK. Me and a few friends dressed up to watch scary movies, eat Chinese and give our bags of sweets to the neighbourhood children.  One of my friends was really excited about giving out sweets as this was her first Halloween in her own house, she really went all out.  We all carved pumpkins and she made up 50(!) bags of sweets.  Sadly it was a bit rainy out and we only got three callers at the door.  Hey, at least that meant there was lots of leftover sweeties for us!

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I dressed up as a vampire.  Sadly that didn’t help me to find a Damon Salvatore but it was fun none the less!  I don’t know if you’ve ever dressed up as a vampire but of course I wanted to have some good fangs.  To the joke shop I headed to buy a set but when I got them home they were a bit of a disaster.  It doesn’t help that I’ve had the teeth removed that you are supposed to fix them to (ahh…childhood braces coming back to haunt me) but it just wasn’t happening.  So where does one turn when in need of DIY fangs?  PIntrest of course!  I found a very helpful tutorial for using fake nails and denture cream to create fangs.  It sounds awfully strange but it worked like a dream!  Just some tips for next year. (more…)

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Lemon & Poppy Seed Shortbread for Maison Blanc

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Happy Easter everyone!  I hope everyone enjoys their day and has an Easter weekend filled with loveliness.  As long as you have plenty of chocolate I would say you’re good to go for a fun time.

My weekend has been lots of fun so far, very much helped by the gorgeous weather we’ve been having.  I was down in my old ‘hood (Glasgow) to see McBusted at the Hydro.  Let me tell you, it was SO MUCH FUN!  McFly shows are always a good time and leave you grinning from ear to ear, the Busted factor just added to the craziness and increased the jumping factor.  On Saturday I had a barbeque with friends in a beautiful spot in Killin, the Falls of Dochart. I’m weirdly obsessed with any natural water feature, weirs and water falls in particular so these falls were like heaven for me.  That combined with a barbie..what more could you ask for!

As for Easter baking, after my speckled egg macarons I was desperate to speckle something else.  So, when I was invited a few weeks ago by Maison Blanc to enter their Easter ‘Blogger Biscuit Challenge, I thought speckled shortbread would be perfect.  The competition is to design an Easter themed biscuit to become part of their 2015 range.  The entrants will be whittled down to 3-5 designs which will then be voted by their customers, and the winner will have their biscuit sold, get a tour of the patisserie and meet their head Patissier Sebastian Boulanger.

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The biscuit will be judged on its appearance and flavour profile, and although they didn’t ask for a recipe I’ve included one below as always, I hope you guys like the sound of them enough that you’ll want to try them!  I wanted to keep my design simple but striking.  I chose sweet spring pastels, speckled like eggs, with a white swirl along the centre to give them a lift and to ensure they were as eye-catching as possible. (more…)

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Happy Halloween – Spooky Shortbread

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This is a recipe I shared a few weeks ago on Sweet Society, for Orange Shortbread with Cinnamon Icing, which I have tweaked slightly to turn in to fun Halloween themed biscuits.

They are really easy and a lot of fun to make!  I have to say the piping was a little trickier than I expected, especially for the spiderwebs, but I like the way they turned out in the end.  Have a great Halloween everyone!

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