Thursday, 26 May 2011

Honey and Almond Biscuits

Someone asked me if my almond biscuit recipe could be done with honey.  I hadn't even considered it.  Although once the thought had entered my mind I couldn't shrug it off and so, I began experimenting and have come up with this recipe.  It's not quite the same but still very yummy.

Honey and Almond biscuits

50g butter
2 tablespoons of honey
pinch of salt
50g ground almonds
150g wholemeal plain flour










Preheat oven to 200c

Mix the butter and honey together add the almonds and pinch of salt and mix in thoroughly. 

Stir in the flour until it's a ball of dough.

Dust a clean surface down with flour and a rolling pin too.  Roll the dough until it's about half a centimetre thick and cut with a cutter it should make about 15 -18 biscuits in all.

Put in the oven for 8 minutes, then leave to cool on a cooling rack for a few minutes before eating.  At first they seem very soft, but after cooling become wonderfully crunchy, like they should be.  When I first made them, I brought them out of the oven and thought they were never going to go hard but I was delighted when they did.

Hope this works for you too.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Passionfruit Eton mess

I like this eaten frozen or from the fridge and it makes a twist on the usual Eton Mess.  I suppose if you wanted to you could ad some diced peach to add to the texture, but this is how I made ours today.

Passion fruit Eton Mess

3 Passion fruits
4 small meringue nests
25g of sugar
3 egg whites
150ml double cream

Get two clean and very dry bowls.  First beat the egg whites until they're stiff as if making meringue.

Beat the Cream in the second bowl until so thick it can make peaks.

In the bowl with the cream add the sugar.  If you don't want to add the seeds to the mix put it through a sieve to separate the juice. If not just scoop the whole of the inside of each passion fruit into the cream.

After mixing the fruit and sugar in carefully fold the egg whites trying not to lose the air that you've beaten.

Crumble 4 small meringue nests and then mix into a mousse.

Separate it into 5 or 6 pots.  I like to add the seeds I've saved at the end on top to make it look pretty and I like the crunch it gives.

You can then either eat it, save it in the fridge or freeze it.  I like to freeze them and bring them out as a little treat when I fancy one.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Almond biscuits

The girls went on and on about how hungry they've been today.  It didn't seem to matter what I fed them they were still hungry so we decided to made some biscuits.  They were so delicious I thought I'd put the recipe in here and it kept them quite until tea.




Almond biscuits

50g butter
25g sugar
pinch of salt
50g ground almonds
75g wholemeal plain flour










Preheat oven to 200c

Cream the butter and sugar together add the almonds and pinch of salt and mix in thoroughly. 

Stir in the flour until it's a ball of dough.

Dust a clean surface down with flour and a rolling pin too.  Roll the dough until it's about half a centimetre thick and cut with a cutter it should make about 12 biscuits in all.

Put in the oven for 8 minutes, then leave to cool on a cooling rack for a few minutes then they should be ready to eat!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Fun in the Kitchen

I am Lisa, I'm in my mid thirties and the writer of An Ordinary Life, my blog about home educating my four beautiful girls.  



I began writing this foodblog because I love cooking with my girls and am always having fun tweaking recipes and creating new ones or cooking with the girls, so I thought I'd share the best of my inventions and recipes with everyone else.

My favourite thing is to bake.  If I get stressed I bake and I love to feed my family and friends!


I hope you all enjoy reading this blog and have even more fun trying them out!