Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The After Christmas Shock and January Blues

Happy 2013 Everyone! I hope you all had a fab New Year! 2012 was a truly exceptional year for me (and the rest of Great Britain. See the Olympics last year? That was us. *Cool shades on* Just saying.)
Sadly its that time of year again. The hype after Christmas is going down. Resolution's are getting us down. Going back to work is getting us down.

So January, do your worst!

What I'm hearing lately is all about diets.  
In my opinion. Diets are bad. You'd only get me on a diet if it was a dessert diet.
But if that's what you want to achieve then by all means go for it and I wish you the best of luck.
In fact, your'e more likely to lose weight if you start your diet during Spring months like March. As during the colder months like January, you still crave warm comforting food rather then diet food. Remember though no matter what shape you are, everyone is beautiful. 
I'm sick of hearing about stupid bloody diets. So enough of diets and onto some yummy foods.

My first pastry class of 2013 was based on my second assessment which will be next week which is so scary. But it has to be done and so I thought that I would put these recipes up. There ridiculously easy and simply tasty. 

These biscuits come up so lovely and soft. There easy to make and the flavour isn't overpowering. 
From the top, hazelnut biscuits, plain cupcakes and Jammie Dodgers made by me in pastry class

Recipe: Hazelnut Biscuits
  •       115g butter, room temperature
  •        75g icing sugar, sieved (plus extra for dusting)
  •        115g Plain flour, sieved
  •        75g Ground hazelnuts
  •        1 egg yolk
  •        Hazelnuts to decorate

  •        Sieve
  •        Scraper
  •        Bowlx2
  •        Mixer
  •        Baking sheet lined with silicone paper
  •        Knife

    1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
    2. Beat in the flour, ground hazelnuts and egg yolk until evenly mixed.
    3. Roll into a sausage shape. Cut the sausage in half and then quarters. Then cut the quarters into 3 shapes.
    4. Place on tray. Bake for 10 minutes, 180c/350f/ Gas Mark 4

Sable (sab-lay) is French for sand. Not really for the texture but for the colour of the raw dough. Once again this recipe is easy and may look familiar. They bare a resemblance to Jammie Dodgers, which are sweet jam filled biscuits. But I always say, home-made is way better.
Jammie Dodgers packet from

From the bottom: Jammie Dodgers aka Sable biscuits, Plain cupcakes and Hazel biscuits
Recipe: Sable Biscuits aka Home-made Jammie Dodgers
  •        250g plain flour, sieved
  •        200g butter, room temperature cut into cubes
  •        100g icing sugar
  •        Pinch of salt
  •        2 egg yolks
  •        Raspberry jam

  •        Bowl
  •        Baking tray lined with silicone paper
  •        Various cutters
  •        Rolling pin
  •        Knife

    1. Place dry ingredients into bowl. Using fingertips, rub the ingredients together until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
    2. Make a well in the centre and mix until the dough forms. Turn out onto a light floured work surface and roll out to a thickness of about 0.5cm.
    3. Cut with various cutters so that you have a base and a top like a sandwich, and place on a baking tray.
    4. Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown, 180c/350f/ Gas Mark 4.
    5. Place on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled spread jam on bases with a knife and place another biscuit on top. 


   If you'd like the basic cupcake recipe go to here.
   Bake on! and Happy New Year

Bake On! Penny x
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