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~ chocolate chip and oat slice ~

This is a great quick cereal bar type of biscuit. Full of oats, dried coconut, and fruity bits.

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Just stir everything together, bake and enjoy!

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Ingredients (makes about 30 squares)

75g (1/2 cup) self-raising flour

75g (1/2 cup) plain flour

90g (1 cup) oats

100g (2/3 cup) chopped apricots

70g (2/3 cup) coconut

100g (1/2 cup) chocolate chips

120g (2/3 cup) brown sugar

125g melted butter, cooled

1 lightly beaten egg

3 tsbp milk

How to:  Put the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well mixed. Mix the butter with the egg and milk, then add this mixture to the bowl. Stir until everything is well combined. Spoon the final mixture into a lined tin (about 17 x 27cm) and flatten with a fork. Bake at 180°c for about 25 mins until golden. Leave to cool in the tin then slice into squares or bars. I prefer squares as these hold together better than bars.

The apricots could be replaced with cranberries, sultanas etc.

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Great for a picnic or taking on a long walk!

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~chocolate drops~

These are delightful chocolaty cakey bites!

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This is a fantastic one bowl, mix everything together type of recipe.

I found this easy fast recipe on Warm Toasty Muffins and when I realised I had half a jar of hazelnut spread in the cupboard I couldn’t resist trying them. Warm Toasty Muffins is a  blog filled with great recipes and lovely photos that inspire you to get into the kitchen. You won’t be disappointed if you check out her blog – Thank you Mely!

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~schankala 2013~

It’s almost carnival time so I made these traditional Alsatian Schankala this morning.

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The recipe is the same as last year and can be found here on ~lovely buns~

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Delicious bite sized doughnutty pieces!

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~carrés au citron~

La recette en anglais est ici  – lemon squares et et je l’ai traduit en français pour Christine.

Ingrédients: pour environ 30 carrés (chaque carré étant d’environ 2cm x 2cm)

pour la base

175g de farine

50g farine de riz *

85g de sucre en poudre

140g de beurre (ramolli et coupé en dés)

1 cuillère à soupe de lait

* J’ai mis un peu de riz normale dans le bol du robot et j’ai mixé jusqu’à ce que j’ai obtenu la consistance souhaitée

pour la garniture

Zeste de 3 citrons

le jus de 4 citrons (environ 200 ml) **

3 oeufs

200g de sucre en poudre

25g de farine

** Si vous trouvez cela trop citronné, la prochaine fois utiliser moins du jus de citron et ajouter de l’eau jusqu’à 200ml.

Instructions:

 Faire la base-Préparer le moule, il est préférable d’utiliser un moule qui est au moins 5 cm de profondeur et l’aligner avec du papier sulfurisé. Cela arrête le débordement. Mon moule était d’environ 21cm carré.

Dans un saladier versez: la farine, le riz, le sucre et le beurre. Travaillez les ingrédients avec les doigts pour en faire une pâte sous forme de grosses miettes. Ajouter le lait et mélanger avec un couteau, puis utilisez vos mains pour former une pâte. Mettre la pâte dans le moule et presser uniformément. Cuire au four à 180 ° C pendant 20 minutes jusqu’à ce que doré. Si la pâte commence à gonfler pendant la cuisson, percer quelques fois avec une fourchette. Lorsqu’il est doré,  retirer du four.

Faire le dessus – Mélanger le jus de citron et les œufs avec une fourchette. Puis verser dans un bol contenant la farine, le sucre et le zeste. Fouetter jusqu’à consistance homogène, puis verser sur la base encore chaud. Remettre au four pendant 15 minutes jusqu’à ce que la garniture commence à prendre. Retirer du four et vérifiez qu’un cure-dent fourré dans le gâteau en ressorte propre.

Enfin saupoudrer de sucre en poudre et laisser refroidir avant de couper en carrés ou barres.

enjoy enjoy

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~halloween tombstones~

I saw the idea and recipe for these on The Healthy Flavour blog last week and knew they’d be perfect for a Halloween treat!

The Healthy Flavour blog is full of great recipes of all sorts, and photos that just make you want to run to the kitchen, it’s so imaginative and vivid! Please check out her healthy blog. Thank you Brandi!

Brandi said these’d be quick to make and they were – delicious chocolaty crispy bite sized tombstones ready in 15 mins!

Only 3 ingredients – chocolate, rice crispies and a trace of oil!

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~halloween finger food~

I was looking for something to make for Halloween and found an easy, fast recipe for these freaky fingers!

Revolting enough I think!

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~new year biscuits~

These simple biscuits were always made on new year’s eve at about 9 pm when it was boring to stay awake waiting for the midnight bells.

They can of course be made anytime and upon demand I baked a batch last week!

They are very easy and quick to make!

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~tiffin chocolate crunchies~

This delicious speedy no-bake chocolate treat is great when you don’t want to turn the oven on!

Tiffin is a lovely chocolate mouthful and goes well with tea, coffee, cold milk etc.

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~oat, coconut, sultana and chocolate biscuits~

These are surprisingly light, airy oaty biscuits which are perfect with a cuppa!

Filled with lots of goodness, it’s difficult to eat just one!

There are quite a lot of ingredients, but I usually have all of them in the cupboard, so these biscuits are pretty quick to put together!

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~langues de chat~

These lovely thin biscuits are perfect for nibbling!

Golden, crunchy and not too sweet.

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~parmesan bites~

These are little tasty savoury biscuits perfect with an aperitif!

Seriously cheesy!

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~lemony lemon bars~

These are lovely summery lemon bars – a bit like a thick layer of lemon curd on top of shortbread!

Made with the juice of 4 lemons and the zest of 3 they are really lemony!

Topped with a sprinkling of caster sugar, delicious!

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~smartie cookies~

These bite sized cookies are easy and speedy to make and perfect with a cuppa.

They’ll last a few days in an air-tight tin but are best eaten as soon as possible.

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~chocolate crunch~

A quick no-bake chocolate treat!

Crunchy, sweet and chocolaty huuuum!

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~melt-in-the-mouth vanilla thins~

Delicious melt in the mouth vanilla shortbread biscuits.

Buttery, crumbly, moreish….

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~cherry bounty~

This coconut, cherry, chocolate tray bake is another speedy goodie! Golden brown on the top and juicy in the middle.

Made without any flour and just 5 store cupboard ingredients – it tastes fantastic.

Very easy and only about 5 mins to make – just weigh and mix – then into the oven for 20 mins  and voilà!

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~wonder chocolate chip cookies~

Wonderful biscuits, wonder how I lived without these, wondering how they can be really great with so little sugar, flour and butter, wonder if I could make them everyday, wonder if there will be any left for tomorrow ….

Deliciously light chocolate chip cookies with a meringue like crust, perfect with a cuppa!

 What more can I ask for  : low-fat, low(er) calorie and delicious!

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~chocolate flapjacks and not a pancake in sight~

Oaty Flapjacks (plain or chocolate) are deliciously comforting and homely and all those oats must be good for you! They are perhaps not as trendy as beautifully iced cupcakes, but there is something wonderfully moreish about them.

These are prepared in next to no time – a bit of melting and stirring then baking and voilà a tray of goodness!

I have just offered some of these to an American friend saying “fancy a flapjack? and to my surprise she was expecting a pancake!

So it’s true “We (the British and Americans) are two countries separated by a common language.” G.B. Shaw 

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~chunky coconut macaroons~

Coconut macaroons, umm so simple and scrumptious!

In Alsace these beauties are found in every picturesque village, usually right at the front of the pâtisserie window. Sometimes they have a selection of 7 or 8 flavours ranging from chocolate to pistachio to rum and raisin.

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~bannocking good scottish oatcakes~

Sometimes I have an urge for an oatcake, a scottish oatcake – also called a bannock – all crumbly and delicious topped with cheddar cheese and chutney!

It’s just about impossible to buy oatcakes in Alsace so I make my own. This recipe is quick and easy and makes fantastic scottish oatcakes!

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