giant candy canes (aha, so that is where all the candy canes have gotten to… )
a plateful of peppermint barkish (I say barkish because it looks slightly Cake Wrecky and the middle section did not seem to want to set but that may be because I melted it for too long or didn’t let it cool enough). The pink and white lumps on top are Holiday Rock which is an atypical British seaside confection where the place you are visiting is written into the core of the rock so as you lick it you can be reminded of your visit to Scarborough, Whitstable and the like.
I will probably attempt Peppermint Bark some time next year but I might leave out the gooey middle layer which I think is supposed to be a ganache. I’m not at all sure that the rock I bought to substitute for candy canes is the same consistency so I’ll have to get myself organised better next year and buy candy canes before Leeds Castle snaffle them all up 🙂 I can’t believe that you can’t buy striped peppermints here though.
(or if you like five pineapple rings on upside down cakes)
I got a pineapple baking tin as a birthday gift and I used them for the first time today 🙂 They are perfect and produce very cute cakes! I bet you wish you were coming to tea.
And a started 1000 piece jigsaw courtesy of Chris and Jeanne.
We had to wait until all our Boxing Day guests had gone home and then tidied our large round dining table in order to do this and it was after midnight when we went to bed. pao’s grandma has wagered us £10 that we can’t do it before next Christmas.
No brownies were harmed in the making of this post.
If you are interested in the recipe, go here. Note, these are brownies being an ubiquitous blend of chocolate and walnuts, not ‘brownies with nuts’.
I promised a friend I’d make some stollen over the weekend for us to enjoy over coffee so I thought I’d do a little baking. I love baking but haven’t done so for quite a while so I braved the special baking setting on the oven and had a go. I ended up making two giant stollen filled with marzipan. I accidentally bought chocolate-covered marzipan but it was too late to get any plan. It tastes good though. I used Delia Smith’s recipe with some of my own modifications – dried summer fruits are very nice.
I also made some cookies to give out when we have visitors. These are Brown Sugar Ginger cookies from the Gourmet website.
I was tempted to make some Peppermint Bark but have come across an insurmountable problem. No one has any candy canes left or striped peppermint candies. So I may end up making peppermint-less bark or invent my own bark.
I’ll probably be baking again – I have all the ingredients for these 1950s Lace Cookies which look like they might be a nice gift for the neighbours. I’m also tempted by the recipes Chris has posted – peanut butter cups sound yummy albeit cryptic 🙂
Yesterday morning, the mailman knocked on the door with a package for me. I pursed my lips and furrowed my brow wondering who on earth would have sent me a 1000 piece cat jigsaw. I’d had a bad afternoon on Friday so it couldn’t have come at a better time. I was baffled but bemused as there was no note with it and it had been shipped directly from an Amazon seller. I have a feeling that the mystery person(s) may be Chris and Jeanne so we’ll see if they ‘fess up in the comments.
Thank you! Whoever you are 🙂