Category Archives: Cookies & Edible Gifts

Recipe: ‘Croccante di Noccioli e Pistacchi’ (Tuscan Hazelnut & Pistachio Crunch)

Deliciously crunchy, glossy and utterly more-ish, the recipe for this classic Tuscan treat came from Antonio Carluccio and is usually served around Christmas and on festive occasions. With the first snows of the season recently, I was feeling decidedly festive … Continue reading

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Recipe – Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Tart Cherries

These tender little melt-in-the-mouth cookies are ridiculously simple to make in a food processor. The dried tart cherries are optional. You could use dried cranberries or leave them out altogether. I happen to love the contrast between a rich, chocolatey, … Continue reading

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Recipe – Mincemeat with Brandy

Mincemeat is a wonderful traditional Christmassy confection and one that if you knew how easy it was to make from scratch, you’d never buy it ready-made again. It’s stuffed with lots of dried fruits, candied citrus peel, nuts and brandy … Continue reading

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Recipe – Florentines

These delicate cookies are deliciously crisp, chewy and really easy to make in two stages. Because they’re a bit posh, they also make a wonderful gift. The combination of almonds, tangy citrus zest and dark chocolate is mouthwatering. You don’t … Continue reading

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Recipe – Candied Citrus Peel

Not exactly a dessert but these wonderful tangy little strips of crystallized citrus peel are simply divine served as a nibble with an espresso, or perhaps chopped and sprinkled onto cupcake frosting – or folded into cake and pancake batter … Continue reading

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Cranberry-Pear Fruit Jellies (Pâte de Fruits)

‘Pâte de Fruits’ (fruit paste) is a classic French confection. There are many versions out there and some are a bit laborious, requiring a candy thermometer. This Martha Stewart recipe is drop dead easy and takes no more than 15 … Continue reading

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Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Fudge Brownies (Gluten-Free)

Rich, dark, chewy, fudge-y, moist and utterly decadent – these brownies are made with ground almonds instead of flour and have an entire can of *boiled, caramelized condensed milk swirled into the batter just prior to baking. The only other … Continue reading

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