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Walnut and Lemon Shortbread

19 Jan


Everybody loves shortbread, however I hate to admit it but the usual kind is pretty unhealthy…why not swap it for this? Gorgeously soft and at 178calories you can’t say no!

What you need:
1 1/4 cups walnuts
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter(melted)
2 tablespoons light olive
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

What you do:
1) Preheat oven to 175C.
2) Butter and flour two 8-inch round cake pans; set aside.
3) In a food processor, combine nuts, flours, sugar, and salt. Pulse until nuts are finely ground but not oily.
4) Add the melted butter, oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice; pulse until the mixture just comes together. Do not overmix!
5) Divide the mixture between the two pans and press in until even.
6) With a sharp knife, cut each round of dough into 8 slices. Lightly prick the tops with a fork.
7) Bake for about 22 minutes, until it’s a pale tan colour.
8) leave to cool and enjoy!

Yum yum! Gorgeously soft, fresh, with a slightly nutty flavour…the perfect addition to tea time!

Keep it delicious!

Spiced Tea – Masala Chai

9 Jan


Being brought up in an Indian household Masala Chai time occurs every 3 to 4 hours…no I’m not joking! Mum used to make one big saucepan in the morning for everyone, one at lunchtime, naturally one at tea time and sometimes even at night, crazy how we are still not sick of the stuff! Like a latte it is very much milk based but if you love spiced flavours and aromas you will love this speedy take of the Indian masala chai! 

what you need:

a pinch (or 2, because I love cinnamon) of cinnamon powder

a pinch of clove powder

a pinch of ginger powder

a touch of pepper 

3 bags of good quality, black tea

2 cups of milk 

4 teaspoons sugar

what you do: 
1) Grab a saucepan, add in 2 cups of milk and 2 cups of tap water
2) Chuck all the spices into a pestle and mortar and crush and blend as fine as possible. (once you’ve tried this once you may want to make a batch of the spice mixture to store and use later)
3) Add to the milk and water. Add in all other ingredients(sugar and tea bags) and bring it to boil.
4) Once boiled for a few minutes on a medium heat the colour will become darker, take off the hob and pour into cups with a strainer 
5) enjoy! 
I love masala chai when I get home from a hard day of shopping in the blistering cold! When do you love yours? 
Keep it delicious!