Life: Bread + Honey

Hello my lovelies! I sat in on a bread class that I will be helping to teach. I’m thinking about balance. I have started working on Christmas recipes. And I found an amazing honey bargain. And the sun is trying to come out today! Go sun go! This cold snap has stalled all the seeds I planted thinking spring was here.

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Toasted Coconut + Raspberry Linzer Cookies

 Prep Time : 15 + 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 2 hours | Difficulty : A bit fiddly

Hello my lovelies! As promised. More coconut. There are two kinds of people in NZ. People who like Krispies. And people who are lame. Krispies are coconut flavoured plain cookies that have been around forever. As the name suggests they are a thin crispy cookie. The coconut cookies in this recipe are very reminiscent of the Krispie. Add a bit of raspberry jam for tart contrast. We’re away laughing. We are going to toast our coconut before putting it in these cookies. To bring out extra flavour. Well worth it. These cookies hold their shape well so use the cookie dough on its own to make cut-out cookies for a coconut twist!

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Matcha Doughnuts + Coconut Glaze

 Prep Time : 20 + 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 3 Minutes | Total Time : 3 hours | Difficulty : Moderate

Hello my lovelies! We are sharing a milestone. My first doughnut recipe. I’ve mentioned before my irrational fear of frying. But I got over it recently making beignets. And now I’m on the wagon. Of course I have to mix it up. I have been looking for a way to make a matcha bread dough for a while and this is the perfect vehicle. Fresh green tea flavour balanced with soft butteriness and golden crispy edges. And a lick of sweet coconut glaze. Topped with toasted coconut for texture. I’m on a bit of a coconut kick just now. I made a coconut birthday cake with passionfruit buttercream on the weekend. And a coconut cookie recipe should be forthcoming later in the week. Coconut on the brain. Anyway. Make some doughnuts with me. It’s easier than you think. Just go slow and be organised. Make sure your oil is fresh. After the first time you’ll be hooked!

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Life: Dreaming of Jelly

Hello my lovelies! What fickle spring weather we’re having! A beautiful sunny day for wandering yesterday. Steady rain today. This week I’ve been a grinch about Wellington on a Plate. I made a birthday cake for a friend. I’m already sucked back into NBA news. And I’ve actually sent my Father’s Day card on time.

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Salty Honey + Togarashi Popcorn

 Prep Time : 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 3 Minutes | Total Time : 20 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! I have a movie night coming up at my place so that calls for interesting popcorn snacks! Because I am obsessed with salted honey at the moment I am looking for ways to use it everywhere. It’s fabulous on this popcorn. The sweetness combined with a spicy kick from some togarashi hits the spot. You can find togarashi in an asian supermarket. Its a blend of peppers and seeds and citrus peel. And it’s great on all sorts of things. I like to mix it into the breadcrumbs when I’m coating chicken for burgers. And sprinkle it liberally everywhere else. Popcorn is a great medium to experiment with flavours. It’s quick to make and it’s not a big investment of ingredients if it goes wrong. It’s time to go beyond fake butter flavour. You deserve better than that. You will need to eat this popcorn promptly before the honey gets sticky!

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Fruit + Saffron Buns

 Prep Time : 20 + 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 Minutes | Total Time : 3 hours | Difficulty : Moderate

Hello my lovelies! Another day of homemade sunshine! This time in bread form. And ya’ll know how I love breads. I also love the amazing traditional breads of different cultures. I have a haul of saffron (3 grams is a haul where saffron is concerned) from the PledgeMe campaign I supported recently to set up saffron processing facilities in Afghanistan. Saffron in bread is big in Scandinavia. Today we are applying it to a simple milk dough enriched with a little butter. Adding some citrus and raisins. Fluffy golden bread studded with fruits. Let’s get started on our golden adventure!

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Life: In a Pinch

Hello my lovelies! Spring is definitely around the corner. A lot of the plants and trees around here seem to think it’s already arrived even if it keeps raining. There were a lot of daffodils on my run this morning. And buds on trees. Even my thyme is flowering. This week has been a mixed bag. I spent a day in bed with a cracking headache. I have decided on a new name to go with the new direction of the blog. I struggled with my energy. And I planted some chilli futures.

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