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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- After 5 mins, whisk in the eggs and blend everything well.
- After the walnut base is baked, take it out of the oven and pour the topping over it evenly.
- Return the tin to the oven and bake for 20-25 mins.
- Allow it to cool then cut it into squares and dust with icing sugar.
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
- Heat the treacle and the butter in a pot until melted. Put aside.
- Sift flour, soda, ground ginger, cinammon and sugar in a bowl.
- 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.
- Roll out the dough onto a floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters*.
- 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!)
- When the cookies are done, let them cool.
- 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.