Cozy & Comforting Snacks!

Thanksgiving is here and you probably have a lot on your plate already. Who is coming to dinner? Should I bring out the good china? What kind of snacks should I serve? Fear not, here are just a few ideas on how to spruce up your Thanksgiving! Snacks: Before the big meal of turkey and …

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Recipe – Gingerbread Men!

This is a very old recipe from my Mother's recipe book and when I looked at a more modern recipe I found that gingerbread men are now called gingerbread people!  Who knew that? So,  call them what you will, here is the recipe:     Oven 160 C 325 F or gas mark 3 Grease …

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Recipe – Empire Biscuits

Last year The English Tea Store mentioned that I would be writing a blog of recipes and also trying those recipes out. Penny Shiel asked for a good recipe for Empire biscuits and I have now found one. The basic biscuits are shortbread and two biscuits are sandwiched together with jam and then icing put on …

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Recipe – Easter Nests

With the end of Lent we have Easter eggs and other such niceties and one of our favourites at this time of the year is Easter nests.  They are so easy to make you can even get the children involved, although watch out for things being popped into mouths!  My daughter loves to help with …

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Recipe – Chocolate Eclairs

Eclairs are made from Choux (shoo) pastry and are not the easiest thing in the world to make, do not keep well unless you freeze them but, taste amazing! You will need to start these early because the pastry needs to cool down half way through. Trust me, though - the wait will be worth …

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Recipe – Florentines

If you need something sweet then Florentines are wonderful. They sound Italian but I think they are of French origin. They are fairly easy to make but require constant attention so don't start them if you are doing something else. For approximately 20 Florentines you will need: A quantity of quartered glace cherries, chopped almonds, …

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Recipe – Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are so easy to make, do not take very long and go nicely with a cup of mint tea or hot chocolate. Heat the oven to 180 C 350 F or gas mark 4 Grease two baking trays or use baking parchment 4 ozs butter 3 ozs soft brown sugar 2 tablespoons golden syrup …

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Recipe – Ginger Snaps

Ginger snaps (or Ginger biscuits) are very easy to make, especially for the children with a bit of help with the melting process. This recipe makes 24 and they keep well in an airtight tin. You will need: 8 ozs Self Raising Flour a pinch of salt 1 teaspoon ground ginger 4 ozs Caster Sugar …

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Recipe – Peppermint Creams

With St. Valentine's day approaching I thought you might like to try some sweets.  These are so easy to make but look good especially if given as a present in a nice box.  You will need: 2 medium eggs (whites only) 1 lb icing sugar a few drops of peppermint oil green food colouring (optional) …

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