Easter Treats


Sausages, sea and sisters

Going home to the Isle of Wight is becoming more and more of a treat. The sunsets seem more beautiful and barbecued sausages more delicious. 

The perfect recipe for barbecued sausages:

You will need:
-a bucket

Easter Biscuits

Easter wouldn't be Easter if we didn't make biscuits. Over the years we have managed to get a great collection of biscuit cutters, buying one or two a year, and the excitement of making them still hasn't worn off.

My favourite biscuits to make are gingerbread, but they aren't as fitting at Easter as they are at Christmas. One of the best, simple biscuit recipes that I have used is the Hummingbird Sugar Cookie one. Their recipe calls for Cream of Tartar; I found a VERY old pot of it in the larder with a best before date from about 2002. I opted for a hefty tsp of baking powder instead. 

200g unsalted butter 
280g caster sugar 
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
400 g plain flour
a pinch of salt
½ teaspoon cream of tartar

- Preheat the oven to 170°C 
- Mix the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix well.
- Add the flour, salt and cream of tartar and mix well, without overmixing. 
- Lightly flour a surface and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Cut out shapes with your choice of biscuit cutters. 
- Arrange the biscuits on prepared baking trays and bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes. The biscuits should be very light golden on the outer edges and paler in the centre. 

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