Delicious Walnut Bars

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These walnut bars are truly delicious and were gone only a few hours after they were baked. They remind me a little bit of brownies.

For the base

  • 50g walnuts
  • 70g sugar
  • 80g flour
  • 75g butter
  1. Grind/cut the walnuts into small pieces. In a bowl, mix the small pieces of walnuts with sugar and flour. Rub in the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
  2. Pat the mixture into a square tin (20cm) and bake for 25 mins in a preheated oven (180C).

For the topping

  • 25g butter
  • 75ml water
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 110g sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  1. In a pot, melt the butter and the water. Whisk in the cocoa powder and the sugar. Remove the pot from heat and put in a pinch of sea salt. Let the pot cool for 5 mins or so.
  2. After 5 mins, whisk in the eggs and blend everything well.
  3. After the walnut base is baked, take it out of the oven and pour the topping over it evenly.
  4. Return the tin to the oven and bake for 20-25 mins.
  5. Allow it to cool then cut it into squares and dust with icing sugar.

 

 

Old Fashioned Ginger Cookies

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The other day I made these delicious ginger cookies. They are really easy and quick to make and indeed the only time consuming task here is cutting the cookies into your desired shapes with a cookie cutter. But of course you can forego this step althogether by rolling the cookie dough into a log and cutting it into thin slices*.

  • 2 tbsp black treacle
  • 50g butter
  • 130g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinammon
  • 40g muscovado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • icing sugar
  1. Heat the treacle and the butter in a pot until melted. Put aside.
  2. Sift flour, soda, ground ginger, cinammon and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Pour the treacle mixture into the flour mixture and beat in the egg. Mix everything to form a soft dough. If the dough is too runny add more flour to make it thicker.
  4. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters*.
  5. Place the cut out shapes of dough onto a lightly greased baking tray and bake in a preheated oven (190C) for 10-12 minutes (be careful not to keep them in the oven for too long as they burn easily!)
  6. When the cookies are done, let them cool.
  7. Mix the icing sugar with some water to make it runny and drizzle over the cooled cookes. Let the icing set for twenty minutes or so.

 

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