EXCITING NEW RECIPES FOR THE "BISCUIT CRAZY"
My biscuit experiments...
(Photos : Jackie Cameron)
Going through a biscuit craze means an exciting supply of new recipes. With one eye on my bathroom scale, I look for freshness as I take a sampling of each experiment.
I was introduced to biscotti while being interviewed for acceptance to Christina Martin’s School of Food and Wine, - by Christina Martin herself. A gigantic glass jar was filled with many tasty, perfectly-cut, crispy biscotti. I was impressed because I knew the effort and the timed precision it took in making each one. Biscotti is an Italian word for “biscuits” or “cookies” but is better known as a specific type of biscuit. It originates from the Latin word biscoctus meaning twice cooked/baked. This allowed long storage times, useful during journeys and wars.
The One, Two, Three Biscuit ensures instant treats because left-over dough can be frozen. The basic requirements are one part sugar, two parts butter and three parts flour. Flavours can be added. I use these popular biscuits for many of the desserts served at Hartford House.
I have happy memories of winter days with family and friends sitting in front of a log fire with a cup of coffee and ginger nuts. Dunking of course! I crush these biscuits and use them as a base for an orange infused chocolate tart. This is a match made in heaven.
A muesli chew accompanies the banana smoothie on Hartford’s breakfast menu. The rich buttery flavours with the rolled oats, mixed fruit and nuts makes this my favourite treat. Irresistible!
Chocoholics - this easy, scrumptious chocolate brownie is for you. When eaten straight from the oven you get an intense chocolate flavour with the pecan nut texture and best of all - the hot, oozing chocolate pieces. I will be using this recipe, multiplied several times, for a close friend’s wedding in January.
While biting into a warm cocoa-and-raisin biscuit I couldn’t decide whether I preferred the hot cocoa flavours or the natural sweetness of the soft, warm raisins. What’s your preference?
Please indulge me with your favourite biscuit recipe because I can see myself baking many more trays. This addiction is proving to be long term!
Take these recipes and try them.