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At home for a day

Well actually I'm home for the week but the plan is get the place up to scratch for christmas so that very little needs to be done closer to the time.  So todays endeavours will be in the living room so it will also include telly!  I'm in a musical sort of mood so I'm going to be enjoying White Christmas & High Society (I may have mentioned this on FB).  It would seem I'm also in a Bing Crosby mood too!
Right now I'm eating Christmas Curd on toast from Fortnams and can I just say it is completely & utterly gorgeous! It really is christmas in a jar - it has raspberries, cranberries & morello cherries and some lovely spices.  If I didn't have a million and one things to do I really could just sit on the sofa for the day eating it - with a spoon!

Back to the telly topic for a minute - this morning I caught an episode of Bab5 - I haven't seen one in years and it still holds up - I loved it!  It also brought back the memories of our Babnights when we'd stay up all night watching an entire seasons worth of episodes - they were excellent!  So yes am liking the B5 but I've also noticed I still like Ugly Betty as there's something rather addictive about it in it's rather twee and wonderful way.

On to the Christmas Topic: The house looks like a bomb site but I'm working on it - himself is going into to town and leaving me to it so happy happy joy joy!  However it's not housework I wanted to mention it's baking - I think today I'm going to bake and this weekend or tomorrow to be precise, no not so precise I may have to start it today due to demands on my time argh!  I'm talking Christmas Pudding - nah fuck it!  I'm going to leave it 'til after the 6th - That's when christmas begins!  I'd like you to think it's cause the 6th is the feast of St. Nicholas and as a calender marker it's a good one but no it's daddy's birthday so that has to be celebrated first.  Back to the pudding - as I'm still fairly new to pudding making I think it's a good excuse to leave it as close to the time as possible and that weekend it the only free one before the big event!

This is the link for the pudding recipe but I might try the cake on that page too! or maybe this one

Again with the decisions I just can't handle them they make my head hurt :)


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Nov. 29th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
The following makes insanely FAB biscuits, the annoying thing is having to convert cups to ounces. I use margarine instead of the butter and use self raising flour instead of the plain and the baking powder & Soda (can't believe americans still don't have self-raising flour readily available). I kinda fudge the coffee as I normally hate coffee but a hint of it in these is divine. It's a pain in the butt recipe but the results are yummerific. I'm waiting for a quite night to make my christmas batch.

1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons strained Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup (1 stick or 4 ounces ) unsalted butter, slightly firm
1 Cup castor sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder, dissolved in 1/2 teaspoon boiling water (or you can use normal powder coffee)
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted

Making the Dough
1. Strain together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. In the large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter on medium-low speed until is creamy and lightened in color. Add the sugar in a steady stream, mixing for 2 minutes to combine. Mix in the egg, vanilla and espresso mixture. Scrape down the side of the bowl as needed, then mix in the melted chocolate.
3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and blend in the dry ingredients in two additions, mixing only to combine after each addition. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide in half. Form into two 3 by 4-inch rectangles and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
Baking the Cookies
4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
5. Sprinkle a pastry cloth and rolling pin with confectioners' sugar, rubbing it well into the weave. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll it into a rectangle 3/16 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Place the cutout cookies on sheets line with either parchment paper
Nov. 29th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
I ended up making the cookies, they are a pain in the backside to roll out but oh so yummy!!!!
Nov. 29th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
I've to get the ingredients - I think I might make an attempt at them this weekend - in the end I didn't make or bake anything today - Doh!
Nov. 29th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
I didn't bother with the vanilla extract and I use about half the amount of sugar they recommend (maybe a little more). Americans seem to have REALLY sweet teeth. I also bake them for nearly 15mins or until they just start to burn, gives them more of a bite.
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