It’s nearly St Piran’s Day, which means a day of fun and feasting in Cornwall. I always like to mark the occasion with some form of Cornish themed treat, after all we really do produce some amazing food down there. Previously I’ve made wonderfully fragrant […]
As far as I’m concerned shortbread of any description is pretty irresistible but this recipe is especially so.
These biscuits are buttery and crumbly with the luxurious touch of rich dark chocolate. The combination of tender coconut, warming crystallised ginger and zingy lime is just delicious and works fabulously in biscuit form.
These are a perfect treat to brighten up an Autumn day!
makes 18-20 (depending on size)
115g butter, room temperature
pinch of salt
zest of 1 lime
120g plain flour
40g desicated coconut
25g crystalised ginger, finely chopped
dark chocolate to decorate (about 50g should do it)
Cream together the butter, sugar, salt and lime zest until they are quite soft and fluffy. Whisk together the dry ingredients to ensure that they are well blended and then mix them into the butter mixture together with the finely chopped ginger. Using your hands if you find it easier bring everything together to form a nice soft dough.
Roll the dough into a sausage shape, about 4cm in diameter, and wrap securely in clingflim. Place in the fridge to chill for 15-20 minutes.
Pre-heat your oven to 150°c and line a large baking sheet with a baking parchment or a silicone mat. Slice the dough into rounds, about half a centimetre thick and spread them out on the baking sheet. Bake the shortbread for 20-25 minutes until it is just starting to turn golden brown at the edges. Leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Melt the chocolate and pour it into a shallow dish. Place the extra coconut in another shallow dish and dip the edges into the chocolate, followed by the coconut. Leave to set. Store in an airtight container for as long as you can resist eating them!
Delicious, rich, chocolatey, light biscuits – crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle, these are a pretty heavenly partner to your morning coffee. The wonderful delicate texture of these makes them so addictive, I bet you can’t eat just one! You can’t really […]
The little cherry tree in our garden has really out-done itself this year. It’s not much bigger than me but it’s managed to produce masses of fruit. As they are sour cherries I do have to cook them before we can enjoy them, just to sweeten them up a little. I’ve stashed a load in my freezer to make some more of my cherry and cinnamon jam but there were still plenty of cherries on the tree so I thought I’d make a batch of this sweet treat.
The bars are delicious with a rich, tender buttery base, tart, sweet fruit layer and a lovely crumbly topping. They’re perfectly portable for picnics but equally delicious served slightly warm with a dollop of clotted cream.
The moisture from the cherries does have a slight tendency to soften the base a little but it can be easily crisped up again with a few minutes in the oven if you don’t manage to polish off all of the bars on the first day!
makes 18 ish
250g plain flour
60g finely ground semolina/polenta
50g soft light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
big pinch of salt
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
200g cold butter, cubed
350g fresh cherries (weight with pits)
2 tbsp cornflour
3 tbsp sugar
Pre-heat your oven to 190°c and grease and line a rectangular baking tin (one that’s a centimetre or so deep).
Whisk together all of the dry ingredients for the base, ensuring that they are well combined. Lightly rub in the butter, to leave you with a mixture like coarse bread crumbs. Lightly beat the egg and use this to bring the mixture together a little, the egg should be absorbed but the mixture should still be crumbly and not form a cohesive dough.
Press approximately 3/4 of the mixture into the tin, smoothing off the surface. Pop this in the fridge to chill whilst you prepare the filling.
Slice the cherries in half and remove the stones. Toss them in the 3 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of cornflour, making sure that they are well coated. Spread them in an even, single layer over the prepared base.
Add the oats to the dough mixture that you reserved earlier to create a crumble topping and then scatter this over the cherries. Bake for 30 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling a little and the topping is golden brown.
Leave to cool completely before slicing into crisp, crumbly bars of deliciousness.
Soft tender peanut butter shortbread topped with crunchy peanuts, rich caramel and smooth creamy chocolate. What’s not to love? I can pretty much guarantee that I will never turn down a piece of caramel shortbread when it’s on offer and these are certainly no exception. I’m also a peanut butter fiend so these get a double thumbs-up from me. I was a little bit trepidatious about using it in the shortbread base at first, I wanted to be sure that I kept the crumbly texture and not end up with peanut butter cookies but I think it’s worked really well. And what goes better with peanut butter than chocolate? Except maybe caramel….
makes a heap
120g softened butter
120g smooth peanut butter (use one without palm oil)
225g plain flour
150g unsalted peanuts
1 tin condensed milk (about 400g)
60g soft brown sugar
big pinch of seasalt
300g chocolate (anything you like)
Pre-heat your oven to 150°c and lightly grease a baking tin. I have a 13″x 9″ tin which is fairly deep and is ideal for this but you can pretty much use any shape/size tin you like, it’ll only make a difference to the thickness of the layers.
Make sure that your butter is fairly soft and cream it together with the peanut butter and the sugar. Sift in the flour and cornflour and then rub it in with your finger tips to create a mixture like fine breadcrumbs. Press this firmly into the base of your prepared tin, prick it all over with a fork and bake it for 10 minutes. Scatter the peanuts over the surface and then return the shortbread to the oven for a further 10 minutes before leaving to cool.
For the caramel, combine the condensed milk, brown sugar, seasalt and butter in a medium, heavy-based pan and melt it all together over a low heat. Give it a stir and increase the heat a little to bring it to a gentle bubble. Let it continue to gently bubble away until it has thickened a little and darkened to a rich caramel colour.
Pour the warm caramel over the cooled shortbread, spread it evenly and leave to set.
For the final layer simply melt the chocolate and then spread it over the caramel layer, marbling it if you’re using a few types. Leave to fully set before slicing.
Oh my word these are good! I didn’t think Viennese whirls could get any more delicious but this festive twist really is good. Melt in the mouth, crumbly, buttery biscuits spiked with fiery ginger and fragrant spices, filled with gooey toffee and rich brandy buttercream? […]