Archive | February, 2012

Apricot Jam Thumb-prints

19 Feb

I stayed home these couple of days, I was sick, so I had to rest, plus it was freezing outside. But, I was completely able to get inside the kitchen and bake something quick and easy. Someting sweet, delicious. I’m discovering quite good recipes in that book The great Bristish book of baking, I chose these nice delicious cookies. So easy, they don’t need any effort, which suited me well. Enjoy with a warm cup of tea or coffee.

Jam cookies

- 225 g self-raising flour

- 100 g caster sugar

 – 125 g unsalted butter, chilled and diced

- 1 medium egg

- 1 tbsp cold milk

- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

- apricot jam; extra sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 200 C.

In a food processor, put the flour and sugar into the bowl and pulse a couple of times until the ingredients are just combined. Add the butter and process until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Beat the egg with the milk and vanilla in a small bowl and pour into the processor. Run the machine until all the ingredients are mixed and form a soft dough.

Divide the dough into 16 or more equal pieces and shape each one into a ball. Arrange them well apart on a baking tray. Flour your thumb and press it gently into the middle of each bun to make a small well ( don’t go all the way through the dough). With a teaspoon, put some jam in the centre of each bun.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 min, then reduce the oven temp to 180 C and bake for another 5 min, until golden.

Remove the tray from the oven and sprinkle the buns with a little sugar. Leave them to cool for 5 min before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container. Enjoy.

A Walk in the Village

13 Feb

On Saturday, my husband, I, and my parents went to the village for a one-day trip. It’s been a couple of month since our last visit. I miss the village, I miss my home. We took advantage of that day since it was sunny, with a blue sky and few clouds. We picked what’s left of the orange tree and my mom selected a wide variety of wild green leafy vegetables. I enjoyed the nature and took few shots, which I like to share with you.

Chocolate Shortbread

9 Feb

It’s been a while since my last baking. I miss baking. I love baking. It relieves me. Makes me happy. Today I was home, I was abit bored, the only thing that came up to my mind was to go into the kitchen and bake something sweet. I needed to do something easy, quick and delicious. Wanted to use ingredients from my pantry.

I have a book, never used before, The Great British Book of Baking , that includes many interesting delicious recipes. Too many good recipes, but I wanted a simple quick-to-make recipe, so I chose this Chocolate Shortbread.

In the afternoon, my husband and I went for a walk; it was raining; we love walking specially when it’s raining. And to sweeten our walk, I packed few pieces of the chocolate shortbread and on our way, we passed by a coffee shop and got black coffee; we chose a nice spot and sat on a bench and enjoyed the coffee and the shortbread. It was a yummi, sweet, delicious moment, under the rain. Would definitely make it again.

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