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Spicy Bonfire Biscuits

I try to ignore the first signs of autumn, hoping that any September warmth will continue forever. Of course, I get it wrong every year and the weather eventually turns, then I realise that there is a lot to enjoy about the shorter days: autumn trees of course and the Honiton carnival, which is always time for hats and gloves. The kids still enjoy both Halloween and Bonfire Night, especially the excuse for some cake or biscuits at the bonfire or trick-or-treating.

We’ve been baking with the new Lammas Fayre flours, making lots of different bread (see my effort on Facebook) and I thought that it might be a good opportunity to get Vanessa to devise a recipe that uses some of the heritage flour for some rich, warming biscuits to give away for trick-or-treating or for the local school to sell on bonfire night. As usual, she has come up trumps with an excellent recipe.

I am a total romantic when it comes to baking. I don’t just love that something tastes great; food that has a story just tastes better, so when I was asked to come up with a recipe for bonfire night biscuits I decided to use the Elizabethan flour from Lammas Fayre. You can’t beat home made biscuits. They have none of the nasty cheapening ingredients found in most commercial ones and these taste amazing.

The recipe is an adaptation of one of my favourite biscuits by Miranda Gore Browne and they are very moreish indeed.

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Biscuits can sometimes be a bit tricky if you are new to baking, but follow my top tips for making great biscuits and discover how easy they are to bake.

• If you want a delicious biscuit start with a delicious flour.

• Measure your ingredients carefully. A great set of digital scales is essential when baking.

• Use cold butter, and light fingers for great texture, mixing by hand.

• You can really improve the flavour of your biscuits by adding pure essences from the BakeryBits range.

• A pinch of sea salt really accentuates the flavour.

• Use a silicone baking mat to bake your biscuits on. That way you will always be able to lift your biscuits off with ease when they are baked.

• Make sure your oven is running at the correct temperature. Biscuits are small and contain sugar so can catch (burn) easily so a digital thermometer is a great way to make sure.

• Great tasting ingredients such as high quality chocolate make a real difference to the way your biscuits taste.

• Make sure your biscuits are completely cool before storing them, and ensure that your tin is both clear from any odour and airtight as biscuits can absorb moisture.

Chocolate, Cinnamon and Orange Biscuit Kit

A simple kit with all but the basic larder ingredients for Vanessa's Chocolate, Cinnamon and Orange Bonfire biscuits, along with 2 free silicone baking mats.

Cinnamon Powder, Organic and Fairtrade, 40g

Steenbergs Organic Fairtrade Cinnamon Powder is a deliciously sweet and fragrant baking spice that comes all the way from Sri Lanka. 40g packed in a glass jar.





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