Christmas Spiced Mini Shortbread Bites

  I love the warm spices of Christmas, the gentle cosy hug of cinnamon, ginger and mixed spice. Not only do they make the house smell of Christmas while baking but they also make me feel like everything is right with the world. Well maybe that’s a bit much, but there’s definitely something emotionally warming…

Mango Chutney Crackers

I don’t know where this idea came from, it just pretty much popped into my head when I was thinking of making my curried lentil soup the other day. Seemed logical to make something that would compliment the soup I was making, to match the spices. Something crisp and crunchy to go with smooth soup….

Brown Sugar Shortbread

January needn’t be all austerity. A sweet treat now and then livens up any healthy eating plan; in fact I most crave sweet things when I’m trying to avoid them! These little shortbread cookies are ideal, you could almost convince yourself they’re a health food! 😉 The brown sugar ticks the avoid refined sugars box,…

Passionfruit Shortbread

You’re going to notice a distinctly fruity theme in my recipes over the next few weeks – all the early summer fruits are irresistible at the moment, so I’ve been buying tons of the beauties and they have to feature heavily in my recipes. Whilst English summer fruits will predominantly feature, sometimes I can’t ignore…

Millionaires’ Shortbread

Millionaires’ shortbread seems to be a staple coffee shop sweet treat, and it’s certainly a tempting one with its crumbly shortbread base, gooey caramel and dark chocolate. I understand its roots are Australian and it’s been around since the 1970s at least. I thought it was about time to make a dairy free version. These…

Strawberry Shortbread and Strawberry Shortcake

June is peak strawberry season in the UK. We visited an amazing ‘pick your own’ yesterday. The plants were dripping with strawberries, but most were not yet ripe due to our rather poor spring. However, we still came back with a bounty of berries needing to be used straight away. This variation on classic shortbread…

Lavender and Vanilla Shortbread

With Valentine’s Day upon us it’s time to bake appropriate romantic themed goodies. We’ve got a fabulous lavender farm and shop nearby and I have been thinking of using lavender as a flavour for quite a while. Since lavender has such a potent aroma and  flavour a little goes a long way, and it is…

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

I haven’t made shortbread for a while, but there’s something so delicate and moreish about a good shortbread, I have been feeling the need to make more. Here’s a reincarnation of my scrummy shortbread, this time with the addition of dark chocolate chips. These are perfect with any number of desserts, as a snack or…

Chocolate Shortbread

It was back to school for us today, after a lovely Easter holidays. The house is now feeling rather quiet and both girls seemed a bit sad the holidays are over – although they both looked perfectly happy once they got to school. Anyway, an empty quiet house meant blitzing some of the cleaning/tidying but…