Cranberry pistachio shortbread
Baking / Biscuits and Cookies / Christmas (and leftovers) / holidays / No egg baking / No yeast baking / vegetarian

Cranberry pistachio shortbread

A bigger batch of these cranberry-studded biscuits with the addition of pistachios. I love the gold, green, and deep red together. These are my favourite holiday cookies because I find them well-balanced and not too sweet. Sweet-tart dried cranberries and fragrant clementines always evoke the holidays for me, and here they perfectly brighten up a rich shortbread. A handful of pistachios … Continue reading

Orange scones with a little chocolate
Baking / Breads / chocolate / For two / No yeast baking / Small batch / Sweet / vegetarian

Orange scones with a little chocolate

American-style scones, light, buttery, bright with orange zest. I like them with a big mug of tea, please. This post was inspired by Welcome to Nightvale, my favourite podcast. It’s a cosy yet unsettling podcast about a desert town somewhere in the U.S., where Nightvale’s happening are narrated by the smooth-voiced community radio host Cecil Palmer. In spite … Continue reading

Seven Spoons’ sugar buns: easy flaky danish pastry, spices, and brown butter
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Seven Spoons’ sugar buns: easy flaky danish pastry, spices, and brown butter

Well, it’s Halloween this month.¬†Even if the current weather varies between muggy and miserable stark pallor¬†rather than bright colours and crisp air, I’m determined to give myself fully to autumn. I drink hot chocolate in the evenings. I’ve knitted quite a few things for my friends and myself. The other day I ate a whole … Continue reading

Heart-shaped Custard Creams
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Heart-shaped Custard Creams

Yeah, I went there. Or rather, Nigella Lawson went there first in ‘Feast’, which is one of my favourite cook books. I think she conveys quite well the sort of feelings I have towards Valentine’s Day: she talks about her all-round cynicism (and it’s this darker side of Nigella which comes through in her writing … Continue reading

Cranberry Chocolate Orange Shortbread Biscuits
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Cranberry Chocolate Orange Shortbread Biscuits

This is a good biscuit to make if you’re bored by the ubiquity of saccharine goods–the dough itself is just barely sugar-sweet, carrying the flavour of orange zest, chocolate and dried cranberries very well. They also have a good crunch and crumble to them before melting in the mouth. To add to these virtues, the … Continue reading

Favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a scaled down and slightly saltier version of Dave Lebovitz’s cookies that I’ve been using for several years now. They have had the honour of being favourably and shamelessly featured on a Ferretbrain podcast, which was ostensibly about books but momentarily turned into live cookie-tasting and giggling over Mr. Pear’s voice and velvet … Continue reading

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The Baked Peartato

‘I am a strong, independent personfruit,’ I think to myself as I walk back home from a quick shop for food. I am holding a packet of reduced-price leeks, and in my handbag there is a yoghurt and a very large baking potato. The potato weighs 730g (over 1.5lbs) and is nearly the same size … Continue reading