Cranberry and Almond Biscotti

I decided to make this biscotti to accompany our Christmas feast. By the time we got through all the food from the day we were a bit too full to actually eat it all but it’s yummy when you just want to have a quiet coffee and want something yum to dunk into it.

Ingredients:

1 cup raw almonds

2 eggs

2/3 cup caster sugar

finely grated rind of 1 orange

2 cups plain flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup of dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius. Spread nuts out on a baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes, until toasted. Set aside for 5 mins to cool. Roughly chop.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs, sugar and orange rind, until pale and thick. Sift flour and baking powder over egg mixture. Stir to combine. Add cranberries and chopped almonds and mix until dough comes together.

3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two. Shape each piece into a log about 25cm long and 4-5cm wide. Place onto a prepared tray, allowing room to spread. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until light and golden. Set aside to cool.

4. Reduce oven to 150 degrees celsius. Using a serrated knife, cut each log into 1 cm thick slices. Place slices in a single layer on the baking trays. Bake for 15 minutes, turning after 10 minutes until light golden and crisp. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

This recipe makes about 50  biscotti. I actually halved it when I made it. Enjoy. 🙂

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Sums up my family pretty much…. Hubby on one side, baby girl on the other. L.O.V.E

Gingerbread For Christmas

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, at room temperature
  • 155g (3/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) golden syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 750g (5 cups) plain flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tbs ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 420g (2 2/3 cups) pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 200g dark chocolate melts
  • Kellogg’s Mini Wheats

Method

  1. Beat butter, brown sugar and golden syrup until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Gradually stir in flour, ground ginger, bicarbonate of soda, ground cloves. Knead until smooth. Wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 180°C. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until 5mm thick. Use templates to cut out shapes. Use a 4.5cm round cutter to cut a disc from the front wall to make a window. Cut a cross from the disc. Place in window. Cut out a door. Bake on lined trays for 10-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  2. Trim the edges of the gingerbread. Beat egg whites until foamy. Beat in lemon juice and icing sugar. Place in a piping bag with a 3mm nozzle. Decorate gingerbread with icing. Set aside to set. Cover leftover icing.
  3. Melt chocolate. Spoon into a sealable plastic bag. Cut 1 corner to make a hole. To assemble, see note. For roof, pipe icing along 1 long edge of 1 roof panel. Top with Mini Wheats. Repeat in rows with remaining icing and Mini Wheats, slightly overlapping, trimming to fit, to cover completely. Repeat on other roof panel. Allow to set. Use icing to join chimney pieces. Allow to set. Attach to roof with icing. Dust house with icing sugar.
  •  To assemble: Attach the front and a side wall to the board and each other with chocolate. Use a square cake pan for support.Remove the cake pan and repeat with remaining walls. Set aside for 3-5 minutes. The chocolate sets quickly.Fix the door to the house. Attach a roof panel and gently hold in place until you feel it set. Repeat to finish your house.

    (I found this while googling Gingerbread houses and thought to share. Thanks “Good Taste Magazine”.)

Round Trip Day

My day has been pretty ok so far. However Australia Post…. grrrrrr.

Had a lovely morning coffee and breakfast up the street with my good friend. DD loved playing in the coffee shops playground and made many friends. Even decided to run behind the counter where the girls were making coffees. This new found confidence with her walking is keeping me on my toes! Had to go to the post office to pick up a parcel but when I got to the counter I couldn’t find the parcel card. I swear I put it in my handbag! I was rummaging through my bag, the lady was getting impatient and she’s not the nicest at the best of times. I even remember looking in my bag before I left home and it was in there! Anyway, gave her my ID and she searched for ages then came back saying there was nothing there. Umm, I didn’t just imagine getting 2 notices in the mail! So she told me to find the parcel cards and come back.

Meanwhile, I’m now running late for my eyebrow wax. Yes, I had to go. Can’t have bushy eyebrows for Xmas festivities.

Got that done, skin surrounding eyebrows bright red and burning and I run into another friend who I haven’t seen in a while on the street. Embarrassment. Did the “hahaha, yes, just got my eyebrows waxed. Redness will go down, haha”. Must mention this was a male friend. No concept or experience in eyebrow waxing.

Dropped by my mums place on the way home as I could smell a bit of a whiffy in the back seat. Changed DD’s nappy, picked up my Backstreet Boys tickets (yes!!!), answered my phone, got sidetracked, drove off leaving the tickets behind. Ah bugger!

Found the parcel cards on my passenger seat amongst some paperwork I had pulled out of my bag before going to the coffee shop. I knew I wasn’t going insane. I knew it!! So drove back to the post office where another lady found my parcel first go. Surprise, surprise.

Finally got home, I’m all driven out to be honest. Petrol tank agrees with me.

Going to settle in to watch some Strawberry Shortcake before I start the craziness again with dinner preparation, bath, cleaning…..

Time has flown

Today was a funny day. I chose to laugh otherwise I would have been a heap on the floor. DD has become Little Miss Destructo! She can now climb up onto the lounges and of course, as soon as my back is turned, that’s all she wants to do. She’s discovered where the bin is kept in the kitchen, she loves to run into the bathroom and if the door is closed, proceeds to bang on it. For the first time in a very long time, her nappy leaked which left me cleaning the carpet. To top it all off, at lunch time, she tipped the bowl of rice and vegies over that I had in my hand and when I went to get some wipes to clean it up, she decided it would be fun to step on all of the rice into the carpet. I remember when she was only a few months old, lying in her bouncer, unable to walk around…. ahhh how time truly flies. Little cheeky munchkin. ❤

Procrastination

I have work to do that is not getting done.

Instead, I am making a blog. It has taken me about 30 minutes to design my background and to choose the fonts that I want. Before I decided to make a blog I was on Twitter. I added new people to my followers list which took about 40 minutes after I researched and read their tweets. Before that I was on Facebook for god knows how long and it all started when I decided to go and work in the comfort of my nice warm bed.

Mistake #1.

Seeing now as I have wasted so much time I figure I should make it worthwhile. I am now a blogger!

A little intro – I own 2 businesses as well as being a mother to the most gorgeous, sweetest daughter as well as trying to be a good wife to my amazing husband. This blog will be the twist and turns and the ups and downs of my life.

I am addicted to buying cookbooks although half the time I just look at the pictures. Shoes are my fashion addiction. I absolutely cannot go past a baby clothes store without going in (and half the time walking out with a purchase). I love all of my family with all of my heart. I am a dancer and dance teacher and before my daughter came along it was my biggest passion. Now, I am learning how to deal with sharing that love and juggling new priorities.

I read a quote somewhere once that said “Being a mother is to have your heart go walking around outside of your body”. I have never read a more truthful statement. It is absolutely amazing, scary, rewarding, funny and the best job in the world. (So inevitably, this blog will contain many entries about that too. 😉