29 December 2010

Luscious Liberty

Well, I must have been a good girl this year as Santa delivered me a rather cute package in the form of a Liberty print pin cushion sewing kit.  And being the impatient lass that I am I've already made it! 
V cute Liberty print pin cushion.
Was very simple to make and hopefully has triggered off my appetite to start making some more CBC items - so watch this space.  You can find the sewing kit on Not on the High Street for £7.99 - not bad eh?

So what did you get for Christmas?

19 December 2010

Christmas baubles & stars - Nigella eat your heart out!

In determination not to let the snow stop my fun, I've been on a bit of Christmas cook off this weekend & have another 'simple-ish' recipe to share courtesy of the Tesco magazine.

Christmas Biscuit Baubles & Stars

Christmas Biscuit Baubles & Stars
  • Makes 20ish
  • Takes 1 hour to prepare
  • 30 mins chilling
  • 12 mins cooking
  • & overnight to set
  • 1 lemon, zested & juiced
  • 100g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 175g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 500g Royal Icing sugar
  • Red food colouring - or in my case blue & yellow mixed together to make green!
  • Silver balls to decorate
  • Preheat over to 180 degrees.
  • Put the lemon zest, butter, sugar & flour in a food processor & blend to fine crumbs. 
  • Add the egg yolk & 1 tablespoon lemon juice & blend for a few seconds.
  • Gather dough into a ball and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Lightly dust a work surface with flour & roll out the dough to the thickness of a £1 coin.
  • Using a round cutter (or rim end of a glass!) and star cutter - cut out star/circle shapes & place on a oiled baking tray.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until just golden at the edges.  Leave for 10 minutes before removing from the tray to cool.
  • Make up the royal icing following the instructions on the pack.  Put half in a separate bowl & add a little more water to give a pouring consistency - colour as desired & put in an airtight containers until needed.
  • Put the thicker icing in a piping bag (sandwich bag works well!) & design to your heart's content adding silver balls as you go along.
  • Leave to set overnight & voila your Christmas biscuits are ready to serve.

Tia Maria Truffles

Still stuck for Christmas present ideas?  Well, this simple recipe for Tia Maria Truffles is just perfect for the ones you love, just make sure you don't eat too many on the way.

Tia Maria Truffles
  • 50g butter
  • 100g cooking chocolate - I prefer to use Green & Blacks dark chocolate
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Tia Maria
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa - Green & Blacks
  • Add the butter and chocolate into a saucepan.
  • Heat gently, stirring until the butter and chocolate have melted.
  • Add 1/2 the icing sugar.
  • Stir until the mixture is thick enough to handle.
  • Stir in the Tia Maria and cocoa.
  • Add enough of the remaining icing sugar to a make a stiff mixture.
  • Cool for 30 minutes.
  • Using a small teaspoon or melon baller measure the mixture and shape into small balls.
  • Roll truffles in cocoa for a luxury finish.
  • Chill until firm and enjoy!
For presents why not add the truffles to a gift box lined with tissue paper - simples!