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Iced Orange Biscuits – Perfect for Easter

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Crisp, melt in your mouth shortbread biscuits flavoured with orange zest – simple enough to bake with children, tasty enough that you won’t want to share!

These simple but delicious shortbread biscuits are perfect for Easter and would make an ideal baking project to do with children; Baking these brought back so many memories of baking with my mum when I was a child. These biscuits are deliciously buttery (although, of course, they are not made with real butter!), crisp, yet they melt in the mouth like a good shortbread should.

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To get into the Easter spirit I used a mixture of baby chick, rabbit and egg shaped cutters and then simply piped icing all around the edge of each biscuit. Flavoured with orange zest and vanilla they suit all tastes, so make sure to hide some for yourself before they all disappear! You can of course use any zest you like or even add some extras like raisins or chocolate chips like I have in my egg shaped biscuits.

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Hazelnut Shortbread

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As I mentioned in my Christmas Fruit Loaf post, I spent this Christmas with my boyfriend’s family and it was wonderful. One of the best things was the sheer amount of thought and effort my boyfriend’s mum had gone to to ensure that there was always a dairy free sweet treat for me around the house.

One of the many bakes she made were these delicious Hazelnut Shortbreads. Light and melt in the mouth (like all shortbreads should be) with small pieces of chopped roasted hazelnuts throughout, they were just perfection. These are required to be eaten sitting down, with your full attention, with a cup of tea or coffee on the side. No cheating allowed – these are not your average biscuits!

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As well as chopped roasted hazelnuts there is also a small amount of hazelnut syrup. I have used Monin Hazelnut coffee syrup which works perfectly and ensures an extra hit of hazelnut flavour – you can find these types of coffee syrups in the coffee aisle (who would have thought such a logical place!) in most big supermarkets.

The only tiny addition I have made to the recipe from my boyfriend’s mum is to introduce a small amount of cornflour, which according to the Scottish inventors of shortbreads is used to ensure melt in the mouth perfection. Although, as my boyfriend’s mum proved, it is possible to get this effect without using it, if your touch is not super light it helps the biscuit be a little more forgiving and still give you the most melt in the mouth shortbread as possible.

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Christmas Gingerbread

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Christmas is my favourite time of year and I don’t believe there is such a thing as ‘too early’ when it comes to Christmas foods. Why should we restrict ourselves to 4 short weeks to enjoy all the wonderful flavours of Christmas?!

So, with that – and the abundance of Christmas adverts coming on TV this week – I felt it was the perfect time to make some gingerbread. With the addition of Cinnamon, All Spice, and orange the humble gingerbread is taken to a new Christmas-y level.

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