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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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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Lottie’s Life: Red Nose Day Bake Sale!

Hey everyone, we good? We reeeeaaal good? Great! This week my family have been busy baking cakes for a bake sale my sister is doing for Red Nose Day on Friday. It is today, so remember to keep an eye on my Twitter and Instagram for photos later on! My mum made these colourful butter cream cakes (yes, she so got that idea from the Great Comic Relief Bake Off) and they look pretty cool! And the cherries are red noses, you get it? Red noses? For Red Nose Day? Get it? Hilarious, I know.

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Well guys, hope you thoroughly enjoyed that! are you drooling yet? Brill. Job done. Have a smashing week (oh how posh) Also, this is my 50th post! How weird is that? Can’t believe I’ve been blogging that long! 🙂

Are you raising any money for Red Nose Day? Or has your community/country got a different charitable event? Let me know in the comments, I love to know what you’re up to!

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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Lottie’s Life – Gingerbread and Cute Dogs!

Welcome to another addition of Lottie’s Life! Sorry about not doing this series last week, school got pretty busy.So last weekend Grandma came round and we did some Christmassy baking. My mum got this little recipe leaflet with her Prima magazine so we used the gingerbread men recipe and white chocolate and cranberry shortbread. We didn’t have any white chocolate so we had to use dark chocolate, but both recipes tasted AMAZING!

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The shortbread didn’t exactly stay as Christmas trees and snowflakes…but heyho.

On Saturday 22nd we went round our friend’s house. And I may or may not have brought my camera round so I could take some photos of their adorable Cocker Spaniel Hugo….course not. Obviously, I had to sneak in a couple of Poppy (my dog, also a Cocker Spaniel). Enjoy…

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HOW FREAKING ADORABLE ARE THEY?!?! Unfortunately I didn’t get too many of Hugo, he’s not very photogenic!

Hope you enjoyed that little sneak peek into my week, see ya!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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