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Clas­sic short­bread

What you’ll need The how-to Toast the al­monds on a bak­ing tray in the oven at 160ºc for 10 min­utes, be­ing care­ful not to burn them. Set aside.

Beat the but­ter and cas­tor sugar in an elec­tric mixer with the pad­dle at­tach­ment un­til just creamed, and then knead in the sifted flour and salt.

Place the dough on a bak­ing tray and shape it into a disc the size of a small cake tin and 1.5cm thick. Prick all over, right through, with a fork and crimp the edges us­ing your fin­gers.

Press the toasted whole al­monds into the dough at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. Re­frig­er­ate for 20 min­utes un­til the but­ter sets firm.

Pre­heat the oven to 160ºc. Bake the short­bread for 20-30 min­utes on the bak­ing tray with a cake tin set over the top for the first 15 min­utes.

Cut into tri­an­gu­lar slices and dust with cas­tor sugar while the short­bread is still hot.

Browned but­ter skil­let cookie

What you’ll need The how-to Pre­heat the oven to 180°C. In a small saucepan, heat the but­ter un­til it foams and be­gins to brown. Turn off the heat and add the sugar. Whisk un­til smooth, pour into a bowl to cool for a few min­utes and then whisk in the eggs.

Sift to­gether the flour, bi­car­bon­ate of soda, bak­ing pow­der and salt, then mix in the oats and chopped choco­late. Fold this into the but­ter mix­ture.

Press the dough into a 30cm cast iron skil­let – cast iron will pro­duce more of a crust whereas an enamel skil­let will give the stan­dard, drier cookie base – and bake for 25 min­utes or un­til the cen­tre has set. Do not over­bake as the cookie will con­tinue to cook as it cools in the skil­let.

Slice and serve warm with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Rocky road bars

What you’ll need The how-to Line a 24cm square bak­ing tin with greased tin­foil. On the stove, gen­tly melt the but­ter, chopped choco­late and syrup in a pan over a low heat.

Break the Marie Bis­cuits into rough chunks in a food pro­ces­sor or by plac­ing them in a Zi­ploc bag and smash­ing them with a rolling pin.

Fold the bis­cuit pieces and chopped honeycomb, or Cad­bury Crunchie choco­late bars, into the melted choco­late in the saucepan, and then add the mini marsh­mal­lows.

Pour the mix­ture into the foillined tin and roughly level it with a spat­ula. Re­frig­er­ate for two hours or overnight. Once set, cut the rocky road slab into small square pieces.


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