I have been meaning to bake Biscotti for potentially around 6 months now loving a baking session, but after Christmas there are so many sweet treats left over there is no need!) My amazing Momma-migo (U think that should most definitely be a word… am I right?!) bakes them in batches and always has a tin of Biscotti at the ready for tea dunking. Her little man loves them and mine dives straight in whenever they are on offer, so I thought I’d give them a go. Now this Biscotti recipe is a twist on the Mary Berry one I have just added different ingredients to suit my personal taste; to be honest though they are so versatile you can chuck anything you want in there! I chose Chocolate and Walnut for the filing of my Biscotti and here is how the magic happened…
If you follow me you will know that I love a good ol’ baking session with my little man. The benefit of it being that I also get to eat what I create; win win. As the season of gluttonous goodwill approached I thought I would have a stab at Mince Pies. The seasons traditional sweet treat; along with many others that have entered my mouth already and will continue to do so until they stop selling them (Valentines? Easter maybe?) On perusing traditional recipes, I’m looking at you Delia, Mincemeat seems a horrendous faff so I decided to cheat and pick up some ready made stuff from my local LIDL as ‘Every LIDL helps’… right? Indeed it does. So here are my Mince Pie baking hacks with LIDL.
Cake! We all love a bit of cake right?! Well I know I certainly do! Us parent types work super hard whatever we do day to day and we deserve a little chill time with a steaming cup of our beverage of choice and a slab (note: slab… not slice) of a sweet treat. I am usually a glutton for shortbread and have shared my recipe for that here, but this week I fancied making a huge beast of a cake for the return of the small mans Nana the weekend just gone. She had been away for a few weeks and she had missed her little sunshine boy loads, so I thought I would make an event of her return and in true Marie Antoinette style ‘Let them eat cake.”
I have always been a lover of baking, that is not to say that i could actually bake myself, quite the opposite. I was a terrible baker in the past, despite my purchasing of plentiful baking cookbooks and special silicone baking utensils. It was not until I became a mama that I weirdly became much more adept at cake-making, it was like some ‘mama instinct’ switch had suddenly turned on and I transformed into Martha Stewart