Honey Lemon Cookies

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A lot of people who bake have certain failsafe recipes that they fall back on again and again; mine include a Lemon Drizzle cake my mum introduced me to, my grandmother’s Christmas Cake, and the chocolate Fork Biscuits known in my house as Idiot Biscuits.

Fork Biscuits are incredibly easy to make, and are a great way to introduce children to baking. They are also cheap, fast, and can be made using as little as three ingredients. A large part of what brings me back to them again and again is that their unfussy recipe can easily be adapted into something new whenever the occasion arises. Continue reading “Honey Lemon Cookies”

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Idiot Biscuits

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When I was little, my best friend’s mother used to occasionally make these crumbly, dark chocolaty biscuits, and they were always a real treat. Her baking was always different to my mums, and eventually I realised that this was because she used butter rather than margarine in her baking. Butter in baking was unheard of in our house, and while I truthfully prefer baking with a good quality baking margarine the majority of the time, I’ve kept this recipe true to the original. Continue reading “Idiot Biscuits”

Lemon Elderflower Syrup

After much humming and hahing, Lemon Elderflower Syrup gets to be the first recipe posted to this blog – yay syrup!

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Lemon Elderflower Syrup can be used for a number of summer beverages and desserts, but is perhaps best with iced sparkling water.

Sadly, its selection has less to do with how wonderfully bright and summery it tastes (although it certainly does), or even how easy it is to make (a cinch), but rather that a friend gently reminded me that I wouldn’t get any practice in creating readable blog posts until I actually posted something. This all feels very unfair to Lemon Elderflower Syrup, as it completely deserves to be posted about in its own right.

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Elderflowers in bloom

Once a rather old-fashioned flavour, elderflower is experiencing a something of a revival. Elderflower cordials and gins are everywhere, and a lemon and elderflower wedding cake replaced the traditional fruit and marzipan confection at the recent Royal wedding.

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but here in Devon, elderflowers are ubiquitous with early summer. I can remember watching my mum making elderflower champagne in a bucket under a tea towel – something I’ve always wanted to try myself. For the first time in my life there is an elder growing just outside the garden gate, and with the sun shining down in early June, I leapt at the opportunity to gather armfuls of foamy, fragrant blossom and get creative. Continue reading “Lemon Elderflower Syrup”