All posts tagged: baking

Hot Cross Easter Buns

Hot Cross Easter Buns We have now moved into our new country dwelling, close to a little place called Windygates. Initially I just thought that was an amusing name, but after our first night here it became apparent that all places are usually named for a reason. Huddling up in bed, my boyfriend and I buried our heads under the covers as the wind tore though this old house like a runaway freight train. It sounded like we had been invaded by an army of Kazoo players, towering over our bed, playing every hit song from the 1940’s! And usually after a stormy night, you wake up to blue skies and singing birds, but the wind and the snow (!) has continued now for almost a week. My promise of spring seems to have been postponed…Will it ever arrive? Well, spring might not be here after all, but Easter is. And for that occasion, I have baked a batch of homemade Hot Cross Buns. These are not like the ones you get in the supermarkets, …

The Marzipan & Pecan Cookie

For my birthday, my dear friend Clare brought round a batch of her homemade Marzipan & Pecan cookies for me. And I really loved them. They are crispy and chewy, just like a cookie should be and the union of the soft marzipan and crunchy pecan comes together perfectly. Although we are in the mad process of moving house, I still found time to make them -proof that they are a quick wee treat to throw together, even if the storage boxes are piling high. Maybe this is due to the fact that there are so many 150g measurements in this recipe..? ____________________________________________________________________________________ / Makes roughly 25 cookies 150g unsalted butter, softened 150g soft brown sugar 150g granulated sugar 150g plain flour 150g rolled oats 1 large egg 1 tsp almond extract 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp bicarb 1/4 tsp salt 100g raisins 100g chopped pecans 50g marzipan ____________________________________________________________________________________ Cream the butter and both sugars together, until light in texture. Beat in the egg and almond extract. Sift in the flour, baking powder, bicarb …

Chai Cinnamon Buns

Chai Cinnamon Buns These buns are truly heavenly, especially when it is snowing outside! They are time consuming, but worth the effort on special occasions or at the weekends when you have extra time. With this recipe, I have merged two great taste experiences together, Canadian Cinnamon Buns and Indian Chai to form the perfect Chai Cinnamon Bun. After graduating from Art College, I traveled around India and Nepal with my friend Mary for 3 months. We saw wonderful things, from the snow peaked Himalaya, farmers washing their buffalo’s in the Ganges River to the glistening walls of the Taj Mahal, all along the trip drinking many cups of Chai. See more here and here Authentic Indian Chai is made using a wonderful blend of warming spices and sweet honey steeped in milk then boiled. In India it’s served in tiny cups sometimes made of clay that can be bought from street sellers for 5 rupees (penny’s!). After gulping down the tea, it’s customary to smash the little clay cups on the ground and walk on. …