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Witches Finger Cookies

Witch's Fingers

These witch’s finger cookies are great fun for Halloween – imagine the look on the trick or treat-ers faces when you produce these at the door!

They are easy to make if you follow a few easy rules.

  1. Use a sugar cookie recipe that does not use raising agents, or they jst spread out and you get Gruffalo claws, not witch’s fingers.
  2. Always chill the dough before shaping then chill them again before baking, preferably overnight.
  3. Bake them high & quick – around gas Mark 5 for no more than 8 or 9 minutes.

The best colouring for the nails is Dr Oetker food colouring gel but be warned it never really sets hard so they don’t travel too well. You can flavour them with ginger or cinnamon but be careful of putting liquid flavourings in because it affects the consistency of the dough and it’s ability to hold it’s shape.

Other than that, they’re just great fun.

Happy Hallowween!

 

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Fiery Squid Ink Pasta and Salmon Parcels

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These all-in-one pasta and fish parcels are great for dinner parties because they are, of course, a whole meal, they’re highly adaptable and can be made ahead of time. There’s also a great sense of theatre with them Continue reading

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Ultimate Coffee & Walnut Cake

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I love all things coffee related from a good flat white to Colombian coffee ice cream and so it follows that when I’m treating myself to a piece of cake, it has to be coffee and walnut. There’s only one problem with most versions and that’s this: not enough of a  Continue reading

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Smoked Mackerel Pate

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These lovely little starters have three very desirable things going for them; they’re easy, they’re inexpensive and they’re really gorgeous. What’s more you can make them the day before and pop them in the fridge. You can either make a simple fresh chutney to go with them or Continue reading

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Perfect Crackling

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If you like roast pork, chances are your favourite bit will be the crackling. It’s the thing people fight over in my house and you have to be on your toes to beat my husband to it, especially as he always gets the job of scraping away the soft excess inside fat to leave the thin, bubbly, salty, crunchy outer layer.

There’s a knack to getting the perfect crackling every time and it doesn’t matter Continue reading

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Jim Lahey’s No Knead Bread

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Every once in a while recipe comes along and becomes an immediate game changer. Jim Lahey’s no knead bread recipe is one such recipe. Since reading about it I’ve barely made a loaf by another method. The results are just SO good and it simply couldn’t be easier. Even if Continue reading

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Zesty Orange & Coriander Infused Gravadlax

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When I first read Nigel Slater’s recipe for Gravadlax I realised that you need no special equipment to make the cold-cured version of smoked salmon and furthermore, the  Continue reading

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