Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Get well soon Charlotte!!!

Well today my lovely bff decided to go and trap a nerve in her neck a bit and has rendered herself practically immobile. To give her a bit of a relax and put your feet up I decided that me and the man friend should take her little one off her hands for the day and go do some playing. Well the trip to Kinderland (think climbing frames, slides and ball pools, 90% ball, 10% wee and poo..) was quite a success,but i think it was my baking that really did the trick! Seen as it was very last minute I had precious little time to get ingredients so it was a bit of a raid the cupboards job but luckily i came up trumps with a new recipe I flung together. Going back the success to the christmas spice and clementine cupcakes which she loved, i thought i would try and convert them into a tea dunking-on sofa-with duvet cookie! Who wouldn't feel better??
 Here are my -

  • 110g of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 20g of caster sugar
  • 35g of soft brown sugar
  • zest of a clementine
  • 1 generous tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 tblsp of icing sugar
  • 1 tblsp of runny honey

  • warm your oven to 200°c 
  • grease a large baking sheet
  • congratulate yourself on an excellent greasing!
  • cream together your butter, spices, honey, clementine and sugars till they form a fluffy ochre heap
  • sift in the flour and mix till the ingredients combine and start to stick together
  • bring the mixture together with your hands to form a yielding ball of dough. don't play with it too much or you will spoil your pastry, pastry hearts cold hands!! 
  • pop you pastry ball in a food bag or in a piece of cling film and let it rest in the fridge for half an hour
  • find something meaningless to potter about with for half an hour ( I'm a secret arrow word addict!!)
  • roll out your dough on a flour sprinkled surface- were talking snowflakes not blizzards- to around a pound coin thickness, no more...
  • Use any cutter of around 3inches. Obviously the size of your cutter dictates your eventual bounty but i get a comfortable 14 cookies.
  • place on your greased baking sheet and then bake for 8-12 minutes, until a beautiful deep beeswax shade
  • leave to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack 
  • whilst the cookies are cooling, in a bowl mix together the icing sugar with around 2 tblsp of water, its hard to say the precise amount, just add a little water at a time till you get a pourable icing
  • once the cookies are completely cool dribble with the icing in any manor you feel, i like a nice zig zag action
  • eat&enjoy!

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