Friday, 30 August 2013

Wedding Present - Scrabble Word Art

I really like to give friends and family something personal on their wedding day. I had a spare box frame from Ikea and the idea of using scrabble letters to make something personal. Mounting it on the actual Scrabble board worked perfectly, I'm so happy with how it turned out. Each letter is stuck on with double sided tape, and the board is then stuck to the mount.

personalised wedding present scrabble word art

homemade wedding gift, scrabble picture

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Stem Ginger Shortbread

Next month I am entering a "hobbies and handicrafts" competition at a local county show, and one of the categories I have entered is shortbread biscuits. It's difficult to mess with a classic, but I want something that will stand out, so I've tried out this recipe. They taste amazing, but I need to work on getting them more perfectly round!

stem ginger biscuit recipe

You will need:
200g butter, at room temperature if you can remember, I never can!
100g caster sugar
270g plain flour
2 chunks of stem ginger, finely chopped
1 egg while, whisked
Demerara or sanding sugar
Cling film

You can find a UK to US weight conversion tool here

Cream the butter and sugar until light. Add the stem ginger and flour, and mix until combined, don't over mix. Using your hands, get the dough into a ball, and place it onto cling film. Shape into a log, wrap in the cling film and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Whisk the egg white and set the oven to 170C/340F. Once chilled, chop the dough into 1cm biscuits. Dip or brush the edges with egg white and roll in the sugar. Cook for 18 mintutes, or until the edges are slightly brown.

ginger shortbread with sugar crust

stem ginger shortbread

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Crafty Weekend Redesign

Welcome to the all new, hot-off-the-press Crafty Weekend site!

I'll be organising all my old projects by catagory and posting them in the pages above in the coming weeks. This should make things a lot easier to find and browse.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Salted Caramel Brownies

I was a little late to the salted caramel obsession, but I am trying my best to catch up :)

So today I have something very decadent for you all. The flavour and cheweiness of these brownies is just incredible.

You will need:
175g white granulated sugar
10g butter
150ml double cream
1 tsp sea salt (the best sea salt is Maldon, made in the town of Maldon, UK (not that far from me!) since 1882. You can get it internationally on Amazon)

If you already have a favourite brownie recipe, feel free to use that, otherwise you will need:

250g good quality dark chocolate
250g unsalted butter
4 large eggs
300g granulated sugar
150g plain flour
sea salt, for sprinkling

To make the caramel:
Put the sugar in a saucepan and heat until it melts, until you get a medium to dark brown, like a 1p coin. Remove from the heat and add the cream, butter and salt. The mixture will bubble, but return to the heat for a few more minutes, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.

For the brownies:
Heat the oven to 180C and line a 9x9inch (23x23cm) pan with baking parchment.

Melt the chocolate over hot water or 10 seconds at a time in the microwave, stirring well between heating. Separately, melt the butter, and mix with the chocolate. Beat the eggs and sugar until foamy (or use an electric whisk). Add the chocolate to the eggs and sugar mixture, then fold in the flour until just mixed.

Pour half of the mixture into the tin, then pour in the caramel. Save a little for the top if you like the top to be more chewy. Add the remaining brownie mixture and any remaining caramel with a little sprinkle of salt on the top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until just cooked. Allow to cool for as long as you can wait, cut into squares and enjoy.

salted caramel brownie recipe

If you're looking for other indulgent treats, don't forget to try chewy peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies and creamy, caramel-y banoffee pie.

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