Saturday, 29 January 2011

Lavender Shortbread

  • 250g very soft butter
  • 250g plain flour
  • 75g cornflour
  • 70g granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lavender flowers, dried and ground in a pestle.
  • 50g caster sugar (for the top)
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C.
  2. Mix butter with salt, sugar and lavender.
  3. Sift flour and cornflour onto butter and just mix until a smooth dough is formed.
  4. Press the dough into a 15cm square tray until flat and even.
  5. Bake 40mins until top and bottom are light brown then sprinkle with a thin layer of caster sugar.
  6. Cool in the dish and cut into portions with a thin knife when just warm but let it go completely cold before removing from the dish
  7. Keep in an airtight container.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Granola Bars


    1 cup rice puffs

    1 cup rolled oats

    1 cup rolled wheat

    1/2 chopped almonds

    1/2 sunflower seeds

    1/2 cup flax seeds

    1/2 cup dried cranberries


    130 g light brown sugar

    110 g honey

    50g butter (half a stick)

    1 tsp vanilla

    toast any raw grains in the oven for about 5 min. at 200 C, mixing half-way through

    line 13x9 inch pan with baking paper to spread granola in

    mix all dry ingredients in very large bowl

    heat all glaze ingredients in heavy sauce pan on stove top at medium heat

    bring to boil, reduce heat stirring constantly, simmer 2 minutes

    pour glaze over dry ingredients, mix well

    spread in foil lined pan, smooth flat with back of spoon and your hands

    smooth a LOT, as you want the grains to be packed together so the bars don't fall apart!

    let sit for 2 hours

    remove granola from the baking paper and place on counter, using a large knife, cut into bars

    Wednesday, 12 January 2011