Brown Sugar Spiced Shortbread

Hello everyone, I hope your week has been great.

This recipe is a spiced twist on the original and the taste is just as delightful, the good thing about mixed spices is that you get a mixture of flavours from the nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger which all complement the shortbread. Another difference is the use of brown sugar which offers a deep, rich treacly taste, not usually associated with shortbread but compliments the taste none the less.

Recipe: Brown sugar spiced shortbread (makes 30)

Ingredients

150g plain flour

3 1/2 tbsp dark brown soft sugar

1/2 tsp mixed spice

100g butter

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Mix the flour, sugar and mixed spice in a large bowl. Rub the butter until it forms crumbs. Bring together to form a smooth dough.
  • Roll out on a lightly floured surface, use a small cutter to cut out the shortbread and place on a the tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool down.

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*This recipe is inspired from All Recipes here.

Spiced Cookies

Hello everyone, today I have a nice seasonal biscuit recipe that is seasoned with ginger and cinnamon. These are cute biscuits that taste amazing and perfect for this time of the year.

Recipe: Spiced Cookies (makes 12)

Ingredients

66g butter

32g caster sugar

100g plain flour

1/4 cinnamon

1/4 ginger

Icing sugar

Method

  • Combine the butter and sugar. Sift in the flour and spices and use your hands to make a dough.
  • Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Set the oven to gas mark 5 and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and press out your biscuits using any small cutter.
  • place on the tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Leave to cool completely before icing.

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Real Cinnamon Buns- Kanelbullar

Here is another recipe I found in the newspaper, I really enjoyed baking these because they are so different to the usual things I bake. They remind me of the cinnamon swirls you can buy from Greggs. I actually halved the recipe and made 12 even though the original recipe makes 16. These buns tasted so amazing I can’t wait to make them again πŸ™‚

Ingredients
13g dried yeast
250ml milk, warmed
80g butter, melted
40g caster sugar
450g strong white flour
2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp salt
1 egg

Filling
80g butter
1 tsp plain flour
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
Β½ tsp vanilla sugar
80g caster sugar
Egg for brushing

Topping
3 tbsp golden syrup and sesame seeds

Method
1. Paul the warm milk into a bowl Sprinkle in the yeast and whisk together Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for about 15 minutes to become slightly bubbly. Pour into the bowl of a food mixer fitted with a dough hook.

2. Mix in the cooled, melted butter. Allow to combine for one minute, then add the sugar. In a separate bowl, weigh out 400g of the flour, add the cardamom and salt then mix. Start adding the flour and spices into the milk mixture bit by bit. Add half the Beaten egg. Keep kneading for 5 minutes you may need to add more flour at this stage but make sure the mixture is still a little bit sticky because you don’t want dry buns.

3. Cover the dough with cling film. Allow to rise for about 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

4. Place the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead through with your hands and work in more flour if needed. Next roll out the door to a 40 x 50 centimetre rectangle which is roughly 16 x 20 inches.

5. In a bowl, add the butter, flour, spices and sugars and mix together very well to make the filling. Use a spatula and spread the mixture evenly over the rolled out dough then fold the in half lengthways.

6. Using a knife for pizza cutter, cut 16 strips of dough. Take each strip and carefully twist it a few times then curl into a ‘knot’,  ensuring both ends are tucked underneath, so they don’t spring open during baking. Place the folded ‘knots’ on the prepared baking sheets, spaced well apart. Leave to rise under a kitchen cloth for 30 minutes.

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 7. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 / 200 degrees Celsius.
 8. Brush each bun lightly with the leftover beaten egg and place in the preheated oven to bake for around 10 to 15 minutes or until golden.

 9. Remove from oven, brush the warm buns lightly with the syrup and decorate with a sprinkle of nibbed pearl sugar. Immediately cover with a damp clean cloth for a few minutes to prevent them from going dry.

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Cinnamon Spiced Biscuits

These biscuits are mini which is cute but you end up eating more πŸ˜‰ when it comes to making the dough, don’t worry if it’s a little stiff because it will soften out once you start rolling.

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Makes 35

Ingredients
175g plain flour
1 tsp mixed spices
115g unsalted butter
50g caster sugar

Method
1. Set the oven to gas mark 4 and line two trays with parchment paper.

2. Seive the flour and spices into a large bowl, add the butter and rub into the mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.

3. Next add the sugar and knead together to form a dough. Then role out on a floured surface to 5mm thick.

4. Use a cutter of your choice and cut into the dough placing each biscuit onto the tray. Re-roll and use up all of the dough.

5. Place both trays in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, they will still be quite pale. Put the on a wire rack to cool completely.

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