Gingerbread Biscuits Recipe!

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No, that is flour. Grow up.

Anywhooooo, today I’m sharing my favourite gingerbread biscuit recipe! Now, gingerbread biscuits are different to just gingerbread. Gingerbread is softer, more cake-like and thicker, I had some in Germany and WOW. DELISH. But, I actually prefer biscuits as they’re very easy to make and obviously I get to use our 500 piece cookie cutter set *sassy emoji*. So, enjoy, gingerbread fiends.

Recipe adapted from Prima

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100g butter (or baking spread such as Stork)

6 tbsp (90g) golden syrup

50g light muscovado sugar

250g plain flour

3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1tbsp ground ginger

Dash of cinnamon

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Melt butter in a pan.

Add golden syrup (don’t worry if that takes you a while, syrup is very sticky!). Add sugar.

Stir a little then bring to the boil and boil for 1 minute.

Take off of heat and leave for around two and a half minutes. This is the perfect time to measure out all of your other ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. No need to sift flour or spices.

Slowly pour the sugar mixture into the flour mixture, stirring as you go. It should form a soft dough ball.

Pat into a thick-ish circle and wrap in cling film, leaving a small gap for air to get out. Leave on the counter for 5 minutes to cool down slightly.

Whack in fridge for about an hour. If freezing, make sure the dough is pretty much completely cool before putting in the freezer.

Preheat oven to 190, 170 fan.

Once the hour is up, take out and roll out to thickness of a pound coin. Now, get creative! Cut out your dough in whatever shapes you like. As you can see above, I even drew patterns in the circles. Once you’ve cut as many as possible from that sheet of dough, re-roll and repeat. Keep going until you’ve used up all the dough.

Place on two (or however many you need) baking trays. I found you don’t need to use any expensive baking paper, foil does the job fine! Space out evenly.

Shove (NOT LITERALLY) in the oven for 12 minutes until golden!

Leave to cool on trays, we don’t do no fancy wire racks round here! Eat whilst warm, and they’ll be delicious and soft and eat cold and they’ll be crisp and lovely! It’s a win/win situation, really.

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If the biscuits come out of the oven connected together, wait until cool before breaking apart otherwise you’ll get a bumpy ridge!

Get seasonal! I did pumpkin and umbrella cookies, snowflakes will be perfect for Christmas, bunnies for Easter…have fun!

If the dough gets toooo firm in the fridge, just leave it to sit on the side for a bit to soften.

And that’s it! Super simple, the perfect Sunday bake!

What are YOUR favourite bakes? How’s the cookie cutter collection going?!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Freezer Aisle Macarons?!

Yes, you read that right! Macarons you can buy in the FREEZER AISLE! When I saw these I knew I had to try them out. This is a budget blogger’s dream: the Parisian experience without the price of a plane ticket!

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To defrost these bad boys you just place them in the fridge for an hour and then at room temperature for another. And, I have to say, I’m no macaron expert but they taste very good! They’re crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, with a sweet jam/cream filling! Mmm mm! My favourite flavours were mango, vanilla and raspberry. I didn’t really like the pistachio, but then I’ve never really liked that flavour so can’t comment!

There are 6 in a box, for £3. Which may seem expensive, but if you compare it to a few treats at Laudurée, it’s quite a saving! So the only fault I could possibly find with these macarons is that they take quite a while to defrost (2 hours!) and you could potentially get ‘that’ box. By ‘that’ I mean the one that’s at the front of the shelf which everyone’s picked up, 5 year olds have decided to give it a little shake to see what’s in there etc. And you end up with crushed macarons! But that’s literally all the faults I could think of, so that’s always a good sign! I would highly reccommend these gorgeous little treats, especially a they make great Instagram pics 😉 You can buy the Mag’m Freezer Macarons HERE!

Have you tried these macarons before? Or are you miss fancy pants and can make them your own?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Healthy Pasta Salad Lunch

My family are just slightly obsessed with pasta. Hold on, seriously obsessed. It’s definitely one of our favourite foods! But as great as pasta is, it’s not fabulous for you if it’s drenched in carbonara sauce, or with lashings of cheese and red meat! This pasta salad is so simple to make and perfect for taking with you for your lunch, hot or cold. Enjoy!

THE MAGIC INGREDIENTS: serves 1

approx. 75g pasta of your choice (try to get pasta over spaghetti as the ingredients will stick better to the pasta shape)

2-3 tsp red tomato/pepper pesto

12 cherry/plum tomatoes, chopped

Handful of basil

Salt and Pepper

THE MAGIC TECHNIQUE: (pfff…..)

Cook pasta, according to packet instructions until al dente (meaning firm to the bite in Italian) then stir in the pesto and cook for literally a few seconds. You can soften the tomatoes by frying them beforehand if you wish but if you’re not then just chuck them in and give it a good stir for about 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Shread in the basil and BOOM. Heaven in a lunch box.

Now I know this isn’t completely healthy. There’s a bit of sugar in the pesto and the carbs aren’t wholemeal but ya know what? Life’s too short to be living on celery.

What’s your favourite lunch to make? Do you like pasta?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Healthy Eating As A Teen

I need to have a little rant. There aren’t many things I rant about, but this topic, I really felt I needed to.

We are told everyday what our life should be like. Whether it be something silly like how our throw cushions should be arranged to something serious like how slim we should be. This generation has a hard time trying to keep up with it all.

Sometimes it’s useful ‘advice’ – like try keeping a water bottle with you at all times, or do an Internet detox. That’s good. I like that advice. But sometimes I read stuff and it makes me SCREAM inside. Like you should be a max of 100 pounds to get a boyfriend. And not eating breakfast/lunch/dinner will make you ‘skinny’ and ‘beautiful’. No, just no.

It’s advice like this that affects teenagers A LOT. Teens are struggling anyway with working out what their future will hold. But whack some more pictures of Photoshopped beach blonde babe models and it doesn’t help, honey, it does not. That’s when eating disorders come into the equation.

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And it’s because so many teens are getting eating disorders, the minute another teen says “I’ll have the salad” parents, neighbours, friends, family start yelling “Nuh uh, what’s up with you? You don’t need to diet!”. Which is so annoying. Because sometimes all that teen is trying to do it nourish their body, grow stronger physically and mentally and you know what? Try some new food!

I am a pretty healthy girl. I love kale. And hot lemon water. And two ingredient banana pancakes (they taste like Heaven, try them out). And most people know that. But yet whenever I say, “Can I have some more salad/do you mind if we don’t have pizza?” I still FEEL the stares. Now I know these people are just caring and worried but because of this awful ‘advice’ trend going around at the moment people need to be concerned if ya girl just wants a smoothie!

This really annoys me. Because they’re are some very smart teens out there who know what they’re doing. They are HELPING THEMSELVES. And it’s freakin’ awesome. I love it. I love how some of my friends now say they love fruit. They know what Vitamin A is. They know that wholemeal is better.

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I am very appreciative of what I have, and how lucky I am. But sometimes I wish that there were more of us ‘middle group’ people. And by this I mean we’re not at either end of the spectrum. We’re not starving ourselves, neither are we eating Burger King for dinner errrrrry day.

I feel like I’ve waffled on a bit today. But there were all these thoughts just rattling around in my brain and writing it out seemed like the best option!

I’d love to know YOUR opinion on healthy eating as a teen. Tweet me, email me, or comment!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Comins Tea House

Hi! So last week I went on holiday and we went to Comins Tea House in Sturminster, Newton, Dorset. It was such a great place that I had to feature it on my blog! A tea house is basically where you try lots of traditional teas from all over the world (no PG Tips here!). It was quite different to your classic Cath-Kidston-floral-apron-vintage-tea-cups sort of tea place, as you’ll see! Keep on reading to see some photos and a quick review of this brilliant place!

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Comins Tea House is very minimalist, which is a nice change to the classic pink floral houses you see! Don’t get me wrong, I love a little Cath Kidston but this was a lot more unique! The minute we walked in the owner, Michelle, welcomed us and took us to a table in the adorable courtyard. Luckily, it was a really sunny day! My aunt and I shared the ‘Comparison’ tea menu, where we tasted 5 different teas. Don’t even ask what the teas were called, I can barely pronounce them let alone type them!

Michelle gave us a run down of how everything works and how the tea house started, which was actually really interesting! We then chose our teas and a couple cakes, try the chocolate caramel shortbread, YOU WILL DIE OF HAPPINESS (and sugar overload…). Michelle then brought out our teas every 10 minutes or so, telling us where each tea came from and how it is made. She then explained how long to steep it for, and gave us a timer so we could do it ourselves. It was so much fun!

I then told her about how I visited a tea house in Beijing and she took genuine interest in it, which was so lovely! Overall I really enjoyed my time at Comins, I will definitely return!

Have you ever been to a tea house? What was your experience? I’d love to know!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Homemade Lemonade Recipe

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Summer is definitely the time for refreshing homemade drinks. Especially lemonade! Remember I said a lemonade recipe was coming soon in my 10 Things to Do This Summer post? Well here it is! This recipe is one my family have been using for years. It is personally my favourite because you really infuse all of the lemon, not just using the juice, so it’s more vibrant and delicious! Enjoy!

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YOU WILL NEED:

3 Lemons

175g sugar

900ml boiling water (or just round it up to a litre for ease)

1. Peel the rind of the lemon and the sugar into a heatproof jug.

2. Pour on the boiling water, cover with either cling film or a plate. Leave to cool, stirring occasionally.

3. When cool, juice the lemons and add this to the jug. Strain the lemonade then add ice cubes and mint, ya know for the Instagram snaps obviously.

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Other variations: You can add lavender, rose water, more mint or add lime juice as well. Just have fun with it!

This recipe does take longer than the usual recipe but the end results are so worth it! Do you love lemonade? What is your favourite summer drink?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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THE Best Brownies You Will EVER Make (Recipe)

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That title’s quite a bold statement, isn’t it? But it’s true. Honest. Today I am sharing with you my most favouritest (?) brownie recipe. If you have ever tried the Costco Ghiradelli Brownies then you know what a great brownie is. Imagine that fudgy gooey chocolately deliciousness but if you eat two of my brownies you won’t feel violently sick: my brownies are slightly lighter in texture but still keep that gooey richness. It’s against the laws of physics baking, slightly mind-boggling but it tastes good. And in the end, that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

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Makes 12 ‘delicate’ density brownies. Double up for the whole chocolate experience.

YOU WILL NEED:

75g butter (or Stork)

100g dark chocolate (just use the basics, no need for Green and Black’s!)

1 egg (free range please)

100g caster sugar

25g self-raising flour

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 180, fan 160. Line and/or grease a square pan (the usual brownie kind)

2. Break up 75g (3/4) of the chocolate into squares and cut up the butter into chunks. Place in a heatproof bowl and melt together until only a few lumps are left. This can be done in the microwave or a bowl over a saucepan of lightly simmering water (the latter being safer as you can keep a closer eye on it)

3. Set aside for 7-10 minutes. This is the perfect time to measure out the rest of your ingredients. Also chop up the 15g of chocolate left over into chocolate chips. Use more if you wish, but don’t alter the 75g.

4. Beat the egg in, constantly beating so it doesn’t scramble. Add sugar gradually and beat. Sift in flour gradually and beat until almost combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

5. Transfer mixture to brownie tin and cook for 12 minutes plus, it varies. I should be firm but not firm enough that it’s overcooked.

6. Leave in tin for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and leave brownies to cool…until cool enough to handle and wolf down before your sister finds them.

Enjoy, fellow chocoholics. These won’t disappoint.

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Easy and Quick Crêpes With Frozen Berry Coulis

Hey! Not much has happened in the recipe department on Lots of Love Lottie recently, so I thought it fitting to share with you a good, long-lasting recipe: crêpes! This is my dad’s signature breakfast recipe (apart from his pepper and chorizo fritata *drools*) and it is a whopping good one. It’s a tradition for us to have these crêpes at the weekend! And the berry coulis is so easy to make and is less expensive because you can use frozen fruit! I’m not sure how fruit like mango or pineapple would work in the coulis, but if you try it out, let me know how it goes!

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Makes: 6 10 inch crêpes

Crêpes

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3/4 (704ml) pint milk

4 oz. (113g) flour

1 egg

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1. Mix all ingredients together in a jug with a whisk until combined.

2. Heat oil in a frying pan. The crêpes come out at about 10 inches if that helps you decide which pan to use.

3. When oil is hot, use a ladle to drop 2 1/2 ladles of batter into the pan.

4. Swirl batter around to create a thin pancake.

5. Wait for that side to cook then flip over (without a spatula if you can!)

6. Crêpes should be a light goldeny yellow colour with a few ‘giraffe’ spots as my sister calls them!

7. To keep warm place in a very low oven while you make the other crêpes.

Berry Coulis

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1-4 to 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (I used strawberries and blueberries)

approx. tablespoon caster sugar

1. While you’re cooking your 3rd to 4th crêpe, place berries and sugar in a small saucepan.

2. Place on a medium-high heat and cook and stir until sugar has dissolved and mixture is more ‘gloopy’.

3. Pour over crêpes!

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4. ENJOY!

Other topping ideas are:

*classic lemon and sugar

*orange juice and sugar

*nutella

*peanut butter and grated dark chocolate

*ham (for something savoury!)

Have fun making this recipe!

What’s your favourite breakfast recipe? Let me know!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Healthier Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

Well hello lovely ones. How are we? Christmassy? Good. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with cocoa powder and syrup…aye it’s a hard life for me. I am proud to say this is my own little baby of a recipe, come up in my own little mind! The ingredients to this super easy yet super delicious recipe are very simple, and I’ve given you a few alternatives in case you don’t have the ingredients and can’t be bothered to pop to Tesco in your pyjamas.  Enjoy, my little cocoa truffles (I’m practically Nicole Scherzinger in the Muller adverts)

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YOU WILL NEED:

1 heaped teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon of sweetener (I use Truvia)

1/2-3/4 teaspoon gingerbread syrup

mug of milk

INSTEAD OF…

unsweetened cocoa powder – sweetened but leave out sweetener

gingerbread syrup – pinch of ground ginger and tiny pinch of cinnamon (but you won’t get the same smooth texture as syrup)

*I know syrup isn’t completely healthy, so that’s why it’s called a ‘healthier’ version!*

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METHOD:

1. Add heaped teaspoon of cocoa powder to empty mug

2. Add a dash of cold milk and stir to create a paste

3. Add milk to fill mug up and stir gently

4. Whack in microwave until hot (mine took 2 minutes)

5. Once hot, add in half teaspoon sweetener and  half/ three quarters teaspoon  gingerbread syrup (or spices)

6. STIR STIR STIR

7. Add whipped cream if you like, and enjoy!

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^^sneaky mince pie….. ;)^^

I know what you’re saying: “but Lottie, syrup has sugar in it!”. I know. As I mentioned earlier, this is a healthier hot choc, not no-dairy-vegan-sugar-free version. Uh-huh.

Are you going to try this out? What’s your favourite flavour of hot chocolate? Let me know!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Perfect Porridge Recipe

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Hi, lovely people. Today we have one of my favourite Winter breakfasts, the lovely porridge. You can change the flavour of this in so many ways, some which I will list under the recipe. T’is an old one this one, my great-grandma’s recipe (that is why it is done in cups) Okey dokey, et’s GET THIS PARTY STARTED.

1/4 cup oats (old fashioned ones NOT quick oats)

1/4 cup and a dash of milk (I use semi-skimmed)

1/4 cup and a dash of water

Pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in a microwave bowl, no need to stir unless you want to. Place in microwave for a minute, then do it in 10-20 second shots until there is not much liquid left. Mixing will make the porridge absorb the water. Mine actually took 1min 30secs. You could do this on the hob but I find the microwave easier. Done!

Some topping ideas:

Demerara sugar and cinamon (one of my favourites!)

Apple/apple sauce and cinamon

Cocoa powder and banana

Honey

Frozen berries and sugar/Stevia

Pumpkin spice

Double cream

As you can see…some are healthier than others! I love to eat this for breakfast as it takes hardly any time to make and is very filling and keeps you fuelled for the day ahead!

What are your favourite toppings for porridge?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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