Lemon butter biscuits

It’s Mothers’ Day, and despite the fact that I’m not seeing my mum today, I thought I’d do a spot of baking and make something I know she’d like – I think if she reads this post I’ll have to make some to take home with me the next time I visit!

 

Today has been a lazy one, a day when I hadn’t prepared to do any baking but as it’s worn on and I’ve run out of recorded tv to watch, the itch to bake has started up again. I scoured my baking drawer, the fridge and the cupboards and gathered together a lemon, a slab of butter, plain flour and some caster sugar – lemon biscuits it is I thought, though I didn’t have a clear recipe in mind!

So I googled various biscuit recipes and chose this one by Rachel Allen  from the Good Food Channel – it seemed easy, used all the ingredients I happened to have in the kitchen and would make tasty biscuits – just what I was craving this afternoon!

This recipe does what it says on the tin – my biscuits, while they don’t look quite as professional as the ones on the website, are delicious, melt in the mouth and were really easy to make – I would definitely recommend trying this one! They have a slightly shortbready texture and they crumble deliciously when you eat them! The only addition I made was to use the juice from a lemon and blend it into the sugar and butter mix. This gives the biscuits a fresh citrusy taste which I really like. To make them a bit more decadent I might use some of the lemon curd I have leftover from my cupcakes and spread on the biscuits – yum!

P.S. I just tried one with some lemon curd . . . oh my goodness you have to try it too – so tasty!

Plaited Loaf with a Spoonful of Honey

Tonight Tom made his world-famous . . .ok . . . family-famous chili for dinner – it’s delicious and he is becoming a true pro at making it! We usually have a few dishes of extra toppings to go with the chili; cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips and bread for dunking; you’ve got to mop up the scrummy chili sauce, it can’t be left to go to waste! Unfortunately, we’d run out of bread but everything was ok, I had some of my amazing mixed grain wholemeal flour left – luckily the perfect amount required to make a plaited loaf from the Great British Bake Off cookbook.

I’ve been excited by the prospect of making this recipe as it looks so rustic and delicious – the recipe uses wholemeal bread flour mixed with hazelnuts, apricots and honey, however, my luck with ingredients didn’t go that far, so I just used the flour and honey. The loaf still tasted amazing but I will try the full recipe next time as I think it will be even better!

The honey in the recipe adds a delicious sweetness to the loaf which I can imagine is complimented really well by the hazelnuts, but it isn’t too overpoweringly sweet so would go well with cheeses and chutneys or, as we used it, chunky bread for dunking! Other flavours that would work well in this loaf recipe are a good strong cheddar with roasted red onion, cashew nuts instead of hazel and olive and sundried tomatoes.


 For the full recipe see The Great British Bake Off How to Bake cookbook – it’s worth investing in, it has so many easy to follow, delicious recipes and it just looks gorgeous!