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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby halfateabag » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:22 am

I made florentines for the 1st time yesterday, I had to swap some of the dried fruits as I did not have any cut peel or glace cherries but the end product was quite edible.

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby Earthmaiden » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:41 am

How lovely zosh! I'd forgotten about them. I've only tried making them once - probably almost 50 years ago. They spread all over the baking sheet and stuck together and I never tried again. I think I might. They'd make good presents.

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby Earthmaiden » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:56 am

Thank you PP. All those recipes look great!

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby PatsyMFagan » Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:48 pm

jeral wrote:I do like Bounty bars. Here's a video link 5.5mins for a DIY version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsxB-gde1fU

Ingredient amounts are listed as:
Fine desicated coconut - 1.5 cups
hot heavy cream / coconut milk - 1/4 cup
condensed milk - 1/2 cup
Milk chocolate - 250 g

Being a coconut fan, I've stocked up on all things coconut for Christmas bakes, so will make these as a truffle size. Then I will try not to eat them...


I'm with you there Jeral ... and that recipe looks delicious, but I think I may have to sub milk with plain chocolate ;) :thumbsup :yum

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby halfateabag » Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:11 pm

I used this recipe....https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... nes-recipe

These did not spread but I did pat (sorry Patsy !) them flatish.
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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby PatsyMFagan » Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:01 pm

Ooh, they look lovely Zosh :yum :thumbsup :clap

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby Seatallan » Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:22 pm

I make florentines sometimes. I use the 'Farmhouse Kitchen Baking Book' recipe. I love them and so does my best friend. They make excellent presents and they last well.

Zosh, like the look of your recipe. Bet they were yummy!! :yum
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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby halfateabag » Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:51 am

Thanks peeps, I also made this...https://theclevermeal.com/yogurt-cake/# ... ainer-1552 as I had yoghurt (that needed using) and it was easy. We delivered (just to the doorstep) some of each to our fiends yesterday lunchtime, she has just e-mailed me to say they enjoyed them for supper :yum

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby KeenCook2 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:55 pm

That cake looks lovely, zosh, definitely on the list to try when I've used up my brown bananas :D

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby jeral » Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:49 pm

That yoghurt cake does look easy and delicious, halfateabag. It'd probably make good muffins too :)

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby jeral » Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:04 am

If like me you have round double-ended biscuit cutters and square ones and little else but a knife, be amazed at these clever ways to cut and imprint biscuits. OK it's 9.13mins, but don't blink as it's fast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEEGSDOePxM

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:51 am

Thank you for sharing. Some great ideas there.

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby Pepper Pig » Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:04 pm

This sugar mice recipe is in the supplement to the Christmas BBC Food Mag EM.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/sugar-mice
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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:28 pm

They're so adorable and easy too! I love sugar mice for decoration (but have always hated eating them).

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby jeral » Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:54 pm

I came across the cookie cutting tips whilst looking up linzer cookies and wondering how they got the fancy top markings. Linzers are buttery jammy dodgers with ground almonds, supposedly are delicious, melt in the mouth, crumbly not hard etc.

A good recipe (all five star reviews) is below, although one said not to bother if not using proper butter. Sob, since I can't eat it. So found a vegan version using coconut oil. I think a "perfect" recipe for me would be a cross between the two, so it'll need experiments...

Proper butter version: http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/20306/ja ... uits-.aspx

Vegan version: https://www.nodairynocry.com/lailas-lin ... r-cookies/

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:13 pm

They look much nicer than jammie dodgers!

I think the intricate patterns you describe are made using those patterned rolling pins. https://www.pastrymade.com/collections/ ... olling-pin

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby jeral » Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:00 pm

I've seen those but I'm wasn't convinced that the impression remains unless on a very dry bake that doesn't rise much (according to some reviews and given the price). I'd imagined bought ones were stamped, probably deeper than a pin does, but could be wrong of course.

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby PatsyMFagan » Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:30 pm

jeral wrote:If like me you have round double-ended biscuit cutters and square ones and little else but a knife, be amazed at these clever ways to cut and imprint biscuits. OK it's 9.13mins, but don't blink as it's fast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEEGSDOePxM


I feel a biscuit fest coming on :thumbsup :bounce: ;)

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Re: Sweets for Gifts

Postby Uschi » Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:04 pm

The black and white chess board biscuits are a staple in German Schwarz-Weiß-Gebäck,

If you want especially pretty ones, use a crochet doily and press it on the surface. Makes a lovely pattern, too.

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