Sugar Cookies

hello kitty sugar cookies!

Hello kitty sugar cookies

My end of semester assignments and the holidays have kept me pretty busy over the last few weeks, so I have unfortunately neglected my blog, but not my baking! As you can imagine there has been a lot of cooking and baking over Christmas so I have a lot to share. The first of which being these really addictive Sugar Cookies (seriously, we demolished them). One of best friends bought me Hello Kitty cookie cutters for Christmas, she knows me so well! So a few days after Christmas we put them to good use.

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup of butter (room temp)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees c
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and baking powder
  3. In a separate, large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  4. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  5. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients.
  6. Leave to set for at least an hour in the fridge (covered in clingfilm)
  7. If you are not cutting shapes, roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and place onto a baking tray lined with clingfilm.
  8. If using cookie cutters then roll out the dough and cut shapes out that are around 1 inch thick.
  9. Bake for ten minutes or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
  10. Decorate however you wish

Granddad’s Homemade Blackberry and Apple Tart

Grandad's homemade apple and blackberry tart

Granddad’s homemade apple and blackberry tart

Image credit: Bloggers own image

This is one of the nicest tart recipes you will find and of course, like most good cooking or baking, its nanny and granddad’s recipe. It’s an apple and blackberry tart polished off with one scoop of vanilla ice cream. My nanny and granddad would always, (without fail) have a tart ready for after our dinner. although my nanny passed away a good few years ago, my granddad still carries on this much-loved tradition every week. With the exception of fussy eaters, this dessert is perfect for family dinners, fancy dinners and well, just about any occasion! Change the filling to your taste and your set with this delicious recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 225g plain flour (add pinch of salt)
  • 125g cold margarine cut into small cubes
  • 150ml cold water
  • 300g of fresh blackberries
  • 3 large cooking apples (cut into slices)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • icing sugar to dust

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Sieve flour and pinch of salt together into a bowl
  3. Add the margarine to the flour in cubes and rub together until it resembles coarse bread crumbs
  4. Add water until combined enough to roll into a ball
  5. Place in fridge for half an hour
  6. Cut pastry in half, roll out one half into a thin base and place on oven proof plate
  7. Arrange blackberries and apples in pastry
  8. Apple Layer of sugar to sweeten
  9. Roll the other half of dough into a thin top layer
  10. Dampen edges of tart so the tart will seal
  11. Roll top layer onto cake and seal the edges of the tart by pressing down the whole way around using a fork
  12. Using a knife, scrape the excess pastry off the sides of the plate.
  13. Cut a X shape into the centre of the tart to let steam escape and bake for 35 minutes.

Serve hot with scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Enjoy!