Pistachio Biscuits

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One of these pistachio biscuits could disappear in two bites…or about 5 seconds.  This is both good and bad.  It’s a sign they taste really good but it also means its’s very hard to stop at one.  The are delicately flavoured with pistachios in the biscuit itself, then liberally coated on the edges.  The pistachio crust makes these otherwise plain biscuits something special.  The green tinged jagged edge, studded with the odd salt flake just looks beautiful.

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This recipe comes from the Biscuiteers blog.  They reached out to me recently and asked if I would try one of their recipes and share it with you guys.  Of course, I have added my own spin to the biscuits, mostly to make them faster and easier to bake.  The Biscuiteers provide gift boxes of the more beautifully iced biscuits ever!  Have a look at their site…some of the designs they have come up with in royal icing are quite spectacular. (more…)

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January Round-Up

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Welcome to the first day of February.  One day closer to spring! Finally!  I’ve had enough of the darkness, the wind and the rain.  Looking forward to spring flowers, warmer temperatures and not having to utilize that short window of time during the day when it’s bright enough to take photos by natural light. (more…)

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Chocolate Orange Macarons

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Currently, my favourite thing to bake is French macarons.  After lots and lots of practice I’ve finally mastered the technique so not I get to focus on flavours and making them all kinds of pretty colours. (check out my Facebook page to see my latest Valentines Day designs).  

For macaron inspiration Pintrest is great.  There are some bloggers who are killing the macaron game too, my personal favourite it Raspberri Cupcakes, she’s a macaron queen!  This particular recipe was inspired by some Lindtt orange chocolate I was gifted a while back.  It was tasty, but I felt like it could  be put to better use than my passing sweet tooth cravings.  Also, macaron making always leads to leftover egg yolks which usually leads to curd for a filling!  Orange curd is a great twist on the lime and cranberry versions I’ve posted before.  It doesn’t have the tartness of the other and is sweet and creamy.  Perfect when paired with a dark chocolate ganache like we have here. (more…)

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Pinned Perfection

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My latest cake order, Mickey!

Happy Friday readers!  Hope you have lovely and relaxing things planned for this weekend.  As always, food will feature heavily in the majority of my weekend.  Today I have an Ever So Sweet order to bake – an 80th birthday cake.  Tomorrow will be spending catching up with old uni friends and we will be reliving our time at university by eating pizza and scones…I don’t know how we all passed to be honest.  Then Sunday is baking, recipe testing and brainstorming for the blog and my monthly recipe column in the Highland News.  So I better get started!

To kick off the weekend I’ve rounded up my favourite pins for the last month.  I hope you enjoy them!  You can check out my Pintrest boards here. (more…)

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Peanut Butter Granola Bars – Guest Post on The Worktop

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Happy New Year to all!  Is it still ok to say that?  We’re just passed a fortnight in to January so I may be pushing but let’s just throw caution to the wind.  How is twenty-fifteen treating everyone so far?  I’m struggling to cope because I am currently diary-less!  It’s not fun.  There are plans to be made, lists to be written and appointments to be scheduled!  My order of a brand new ‘brilliant violet’ Moleskine Daily Diary has gone missing…sad times.  They have finally agreed to resend the diary so hopefully by the end of the week I’ll be back on track!

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So todays post is has a good new year, new start vibe to it.  A healthy recipe to brighten up those diets, detoxes or healthy eating kicks we’re all on and a new friend!  Making new blogging friends will be going on my list of intentions for 2015 (which I obviously can’t write yet because I don’t have a diary to write them in!) and thanks to the Blogger Cookie Swap I took part in last year I discovered a beautiful breakfast blog based in London called The Worktop.  Tina runs the blog dedicated to yummy breakfast recipes and great breakfast and brunch spots in London, a source I will be referring to the next time I’m in town for sure!  (more…)

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