Cacao Nib Shortbread Recipe

This recipe of shortbread biscuits are quick and simple to make. With the light buttery sweetness they are ridiculously moorish. The classic recipe is so versatile, you can add in chocolate, ginger, lavender, lemon or even rosemary. I decided to add in honey and cacao nibs. It gives the biscuit a little crunch against the softness of the crumbly mixture

Shortbread is a favourite by everyone in our house. I cook up a batch and they dont’ last long. Everyone tucks in. They are soft and smooth with a little crunch from the nibs.

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Ingredients:

  • 120g Butter
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Organic Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Cacao Nibs

Method:

  • Preheat oven at 160
  • Mix in the butter with the sugar until creamy
  • Add in the cacao nibs and honey and combine well.
  • Add the flour in to the buttery mixture and rub them all together with your fingers. Don’t knead the mixture just pick it all up and press it into a ball with both hands.
  • I don’t roll out my dough. I just place it into the oven proof dish and push down with the palm of my hand and fingers. I like the uneven look on my biscuits.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the biscuits in the oven and remove when they become a little golden on the edges. You are hoping for a light golden colour.
  • Score the biscuits. Leave to cool. Cut the biscuits up into pieces. Now they are ready to serve.

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Zesty Ginger Melting Moments Recipe

These classic biscuits are ideal to make for pack lunches or just a little treat to have with your afternoon cup of tea. The buttery texture melts in your mouth with an added little zesty and ginger kick keeping your mouth refreshed and your taste buds wanting more.

What’s good about baking melting moments is they don’t have to be perfect and there are many ways to jazz them up.

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We added the zest of an orange and some fresh ginger into ours.

There are many benefits of ginger including reducing inflammation, good for digestion and nausea an enhances the immune system.

Recipe:

  • 140g soft butter
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 140g self raising flour
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • zest of 1 small range and the juice of half
  • 2cm cube of chopped ginger

Method:

  • Preheat the oven at 180c
  • Grease baking trays or line them baking paper
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Add in the vanilla essence
  • Add in the zest of the orange, the juice and the ginger. Mix together
  • Stir in the flour and mix
  • Rub some oil into your hands and roll the mixture into walnut sized balls. Place them evenly onto the baking tray
  • At this point, You could roll them in some oats for that added rough texture
  • Place a fork on the top of the balls and push down gently
  • Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them until golden

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Serve whilst warm with a lovely cup of tea. Perfect warming refreshing biscuit. Also ideal to add into pack lunches as they are small enough to fit in any box

 

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Love heart biscuits

These biscuits are fit for any prince or princess, lovely and crumbly yet that moist they melt in your mouth.

Jak baked some biscuits yesterday to give out today to his teaches and friends in school today and as is valentines day he used a heart shape cutter and placed some love heart sweets on top to send a little love message.

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ingredients

150g soft butter, cubed
75g caster sugar
225g flour
Tsp vanilla essence

Love hearts for the top
Icing or jam to stick the love hearts on

method

Put the butter, flour, sugar and a pinch of salt into a bowl and Gently rub in the butter with your fingertips and bring the dough together into a ball. We call this tickling 🙂

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Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven at 170

Roll the dough out onto a floured surface so it is about ½ cm thick. Cut out heart shapes with a biscuit cutter and place onto a lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until light golden.

Leave to cool on a rack.

Decorate with a single love heart in the middle stuck on with a blob of icing or some jam.

These are really simple to make, the only help Jak received from me was taking them out of the oven.

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More Tea Vicar

Here is a great game for young and old to play.

Quite a few years ago while holidaying in Feuterventura, at the hotel we stayed in they had a game for children to play every night called ‘More Tea Vicar’, my son who was 4 at the time absolutely loved it, he still talks about it now 5 years on.
Every night at 6 o’clock he would hear from our apartment the compere welcoming the other hotel guests into the clubhouse and announcing that bingo would be starting in 15 minutes, he knew then that the game would begin after bingo so he would look at me and his dad, with his little puppy dog eyes and ask us if we could take him downstairs to watch ‘More Tea Vicar’. And every night when they asked for a challenger to take on the King or Queen (whoever won from the previous night) his little hand would shoot up, after about 8 days he got his chance. He didn’t win unfortunately but he had loads of fun and had everyone in the room cheering him on.

“well, what is this game” I hear you say.

What you will need

1/ 2 Participants to play the game
2/ A pot of tea
3/ Cups or Mugs
4/ A selection of Biscuits

Object of the Game

To dunk your biscuits into your cup of tea and outdunk your opponent, the person with a FULL Biscuit left is the winner!

1/ Place your two participants at a table opposite each other
2/ Pour out 2 cups of tea and place them in front of them
3/ Select 2 biscuits from you biscuit barrel, they must be different and give them to the game players

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4/ Hold the biscuits above the cup of tea and at the count of 3 dunk them fully into your cup of Tea, count down from 5 ( if children playing just check that the tea isn’t too hot)

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6/ 5 4 3 2 1 pull the biscuits out if the cup of tea, see if the biscuit is intact, if they both are give them a bit of a wiggle, if no change Dunk again From the count of 5. Keep doing this until there is a winner

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We played our game with a Rich Shortie versus a Custard Cream.

Winner : Rich Shortie

Why don’t you play the game and tell me what biscuit is your winner?

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