Thursday, 28 January 2010

My husband is obsessed with these, and I have to admit that I adore them too!

Gently spicy and comforting, these are perfect any time of the year.  Sometimes I decorate them with chocolate buttons atop a cloud of vanilla icing, other times I like to just dust them with icing sugar.

Ingredients

125g butter, at room temperature

100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar

125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup

1 egg

375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour

1 tbs and 1tsp ground ginger

1 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Plain flour, to dust

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180°C.  Line two  baking trays with non-stick paper, or lightly grease with butter.

Beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy.  Add the egg and golden syrup.  Stir in flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda.  Knead until smooth.  If the dough is very slippery and floppy at this stage you may need to refrigerate for half an hour to make cutting out the shapes easier.

Place dough between two sheets of baking paper and roll out until around 4mm thick, or else just use your hands to make the dough as flat as you can (this is what I usually do).  Cut out shapes (I usually make men or circles).  Place on trays, leaving room to spread.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until slightly browned.  You can normally smell them when they are just about ready!  Pop on a wire rack to cool.

Ice, and put smarties or other lollies on top, if you so desire.  Then enjoy!

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Friday, 22 January 2010

Hmmm,  I’m aware that I could possibly be one of the last people on the planet to blog about Lonny, but I’ll still mention it because I want to make sure that you hear about it – it’s THAT good.  It’s an online home and design magazine, and the photographs already have me mentally planning my next project!

So far it has two issues, here, and here.  You should definitely check it out, just give yourself pleeenty of time to drool over all the pictures … I for one am totally obsessed with the perfect upholstery in the first image, and that carpet in the second (shoes aren’t too shabby either!)! Those beautiful plants in matching terracotta pots have me wanting to stock up at the nursery next time I’m there, and the fourth image (even though it’s an ad) has the most beautiful upholstered bedhead, don’t you think? So sunny and happy.

living roomkate spade shoes issue 2plants lonny issue 1rubie green via lonny

Images 1 and 2: Lonny issue 2; images 3 and 4: Lonny issue 1

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