Fruit & Nut Biscotti from scratch

These beautiful cookies are loaded with lots of nuts and fruits. I really love the taste and also the texture of it.  I didn’t double bake these cookies as I loved the texture which gives  a feel  of nutty cake.

Normally biscotties are baked two times. If you do not the texture of this cake you can always double bake to leave longer.

If you like you can double bake these for keeping longer. It didn’t stay longer at my place. It will be a  real treat with a coffee or to give away for Christmas.

This recipe will make 25-30 slices.

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Slice the log in to thin slices. 

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Easy to Make Crunchy Sesame Cookies

These cookies are so easy to make and this is a big batch. Divide the recipe by 2 to do a smaller batch .If you like you can add more roasted sesame seeds in to this recipe too. Adding  more sesame gives these cookies a unique taste.

Sesame seeds are used in many Asian cooking and baking too. It has a nutty flavour and a crunchy texture too. Sesame used for making Tahini and halva and many other dishes. Sesame oil is used in Asian cooking too.

My mum used  to make a nice sweet slice using a lot of sesame seeds. Not like these days when I was a child my mum had to separate sesame and throw the tiny stones mixed to it. When she sun dry them we use to grab a hand full of sesame and run away. They are from my childhood memories.

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Lemon & Honey Cookies

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are best to use than buying other non seasonal fruits. Lemons are in season and its nice using them in cakes and cookies and slices , pies  etc.. I did these beautiful cookies as my husband requested. They were so nice and yummy. My whole family loved them.

I like to use the lemon zest in cakes but not in cookies a lot. I used the juice of lemon in this to give extra tangy flavour to the cookies. Sprinkle some crystallised sugar on top to give an extra crunch to the cookies.

 

 

 

 

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Strawberry Short Cake

Strawberries are in season and really cheap too. Try doing different styles of baking with the seasonal fruit. This is a very simple dessert that you can do in half an hour if you have everything in hand. This will be a best idea for a quick dessert .

I did this for a friend who visited us recently. So simple but really elegant on the plate. Nice crunchy short cakes with beautiful fresh strawberries in the middle with the mascarpone cheese made this a tasty dessert to please them all.

The only thing you need to know when making this is not to  bake the short cakes until brown. Then it will be hard to cut it well. So make sure to take them out when just ready.

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Dates & Coconut Cookies

Date cookies are one of my favourites. Its a kind of a really gooey cookie. To get more taste I added coconut too. The combination is really good and you will love it for sure. The sugar I added is enough to my taste. Still you can omit the sugar totally from the recipe as the sugar in dates and honey is almost enough.

 

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Ingredients.

• 1 Egg
• 250g Dates
• 150g Self Raising flour
• 30ml Honey 1 Tsp Vanilla
• 30g Brown sugar
• 70g Butter
• 50g Desiccated coconut
• ¼ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda.
Method
• Add all the ingredients except flour in to a food processor.
• Add flour and bicarb and mix again.
• Take out and use a scoop to measure the balls and bake on 180c about 20-30 minutes.
• Cool on a wire rack.
• Store in an air tight container.

 

Tiramisu…with a simple guide (No Eggs)

Tiramisu is a beautifully layered Italian dessert, normally made with raw eggs in and as a custard. I did this with out eggs. One reason is it to give an idea for those who don’t consume eggs.

If you do not like to use liquor please don’t use any at all. Even this tastes beautiful with out eggs and liquor. Instead you can add pure vanilla paste to get more flavour.

All you need to remember is not to soak the cookies longer time. If you dip them longer it can break easily and will not get a nice layers like in my picture. When you leave it over night the flavours go through all the cookies and liquids get absorbed and becomes like at hick slice. I have friends who change the recipe and dip the cookies in drinking chocolate than in coffee. That way it gives a beautiful chocolate flavour to the slice.

Creativity is yours

BonApetit!

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Ingredients

  • 250 Mascarpone
  • 3 tbsps. Marsala/Rum (optional)
  • 20g cocoa
  • Savoiardi Sponge Finger 
  • 75g Sugar
  • 300ml Coffee
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 300ml Whipping Cream

Method

  1. Whip the cream with sugar until it reaches to the soft peak. Take out.
  2. In to the same bowl add the mascarpone cheese, vanilla, liquor, several spoons coffee and whisk several minutes.
  3. After add the whipped cream in to the mixing bowl. Mix well together.
  4. Dip the cookies in coffee.
  5. Spread a layer of mascarpone.
  6. Continue with several layers.
  7. Finally spread another layer of mascarpone and sprinkle some cocoa or grated chocolate.
  8. Leave in fridge overnight.
  9. Cut and serve with more cream or ice cream.

Meringue Cookies /Kisses

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 125 g sugar
Method
  1. Add the egg whites in to a clean mixing bowl with cream of tartar.
  2. Next rain the sugar while whisking.
  3. Add the colour you like.
  4. Fill in to a piping bag and pipe on to a tray.
  5. Leave on the bench several main.
  6. Bake on 130 for 30 to 50 min

Chocolate & Macadamia Cookies with Oats (Copycat Subway Cookies)

 

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Ingredients

  • 11/4 Cup Oats
  • 1 Cup plain Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 125g Buttre Softened
  • 1 Cup Chocolate chips
  • 1 cup to half a cup of sugar

Method

  1. Process the until it comes to a flour consistency.
  2. Whisk Add butter and sugar.
  3. Add the egg
  4. salt, vanilla, flour, baking soda and baking powder in to it and mix well.
  5. Later and the macadamia nuts and chocolate chips and mix throughly.
  6. Make balls or use a scoop to get it to the same size.
  7. No need to flatten. It will flatten when baking
  8. Bake on 180c about 15-20minutes.
  9. Cool on a wire rack before storing.

Piped Chocolate Cookies

 

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Piped Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

  • 200g Plain flour
  • 15g Cocoa Powder
  • 100g Sugar
  • 130g Butter (Room Temp)
  • 1 Egg

Method

  1. Whisk Butter and sugar for 1-2 min.
  2. Next add egg and whisk for 2-3 min on speed 8.
  3. Next add cocoa powder and flour & mix on speed one.
  4. Then whisk on a high speed.
  5. Fill in to piping bag .
  6. Use a 6B nozzle or a large star nozzle and pipe cookies.
  7. Bake on 160c about 20 min.
  8. Cool on a wire rack and store in an air tight container.
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