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There was a time that I’d say I preferred cooking a million times over baking, but now I’m not so sure. There is something very therapeutic about baking something yum, and infinitely satisfying presenting it to someone special.

Florentines – BBC Good Food

I decided I wanted to bake florentines this year, after being introduced to them fairly recently. This was one of the first results after a quick Google, and following the recipe at the link above, they turned out pretty alright actually. I used mostly dark chocolate with a small addition of milk chocolate, and greased A LOT, because I noticed lots of the comments said the greaseproof paper stuck. No problems here!

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I’m not the prettiest baker, but so far (touch wood), everything has tasted pretty good!

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My lovely Dad and his hammy acting

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Biscotti – Hairy Biker’s Diet Book

Unfortunately, what these biscottis gain in the fact they are merely 54 calories a slice, they fail in that they are incredibly moreish and just the right size to have a couple. Some lovely flavours though, and who counts at Christmas anyway?

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Baked Goods Packets

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Two of my best friends have just returned for Christmas from their year abroad in Canada and France, and when I went to lunch with them today, I couldn’t resist taking them a taste of home. I included a couple of salted caramels, a biscotti and a florentine, and they were delighted. I just used a plastic card sleeve (used to protect handmade greetings cards) and a bit of christmasy ribbon, and I think they look great!

All that’s left is to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, and I’ll be back after the big day! Hope everyone has a fantastic time!

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