Walnut Shortbreads

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I pre-empted this post last week.  These biscuits are the result of a search I did in Eat Your Books.  I restricted my search to baking, then to walnuts and these guys popped up… and I am glad they did.

In my Widow’s Kisses post, I  said they were a jackpot.  There were three reasons for that statement.  Firstly, they taste great.  Secondly, they were made in the food processor, therefore, only took a few minutes to put together.  Thirdly, and most importantly, you pipe them rather than shape them.

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Widow’s kisses or Grown-ups’ meringues

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We needed biscuits and we needed biscuits badly.  I go through stages where I don’t make anything sweet because “I’m too fat” or “They are bad for us” or a similar wimpish  reason.  I don’t know why I refrain.  When there is nothing sweet in the house, we just go on a rampage searching here and there for anything remotely sweet.  We have even been known to eat cooking chocolate when things were desperate. Continue reading

Date Slice

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The other week, Maus came into the study and said “I feel like a date pillow”.  As I am sure you all know by now, Maus’ wish is my command.

I interpreted what she said as ” I want you to make me a date slice.”  I stored the information away.  “I can do that,” I thought. “I have some date paste that needs a purpose.  I could kill two birds with one stone.” Continue reading

Chocolate and walnut slice

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I first saw this slice on Jane’s, (The Shady Baker) July 2015 In My Kitchen post.  I was immediately smitten by the idea of it.  In my view there is no better combination than chocolate, walnuts and rolled oats.  It is a combination made in heaven.  I commented that her slice looked and sounded wonderful and Jane generously emailed me the recipe.

I can assure you the slice did not disappoint.  It is to die for.  I mentioned to Maus last night that I don’t think I should make it again as it is so good, I can’t get it out of my mind and, subsequently, I am eating  much more of it than my waistline would suggest is wise. Continue reading

Brutti ma Buoni alla Milanese (Hazelnut paste cookies)

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For July and August, The Cookbook Guru is showcasing the book, The Italian Baker, by Carol Field.  Early in July, I checked out the book and spotted this recipe.  I was attracted because it required 8 (or 9) egg whites.  If there is one ingredient that I covet in a recipe as much as marmalade, it’s egg whites.  I, usually, have 15-20 in the freezer.

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Customised cookies or … the case of the second Y

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My mate, Colette, has just been on holiday to the Motherland and came back bearing a haul of gifts for me (more in this month’s IMK post).  Thanks, Colette.  One of my gifts was this customisable cookie stamp.  I thought it was a hoot.  I immediately got all the letters out and started playing.  It’s Maus’ birthday in a couple of days so I decided to construct “Happy birthday”.  You can imagine my anguish when I got to “day” only to find there was not a second “Y”.  I was pretty pissed off – “pathetic,” I thought.  I was especially grumpy since the packaging showed a stamp bearing the message, ” Happy 5th Bday!” which, as you can see, needs two “Ys”.  Because I couldn’t make “Happy Birthday”, I went for the above sycophantic message.

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