afternoon tea

Some of us Aussie bloggers are having an afternoon tea swap. Since keeping busy is my favourite activity at the moment, I made a couple of batches of biscotti. We have white chocolate/cranberry and glace ginger/clove. The basic recipe follows:

(Ian Palmerston, can’t remember the book title, but he calls it Almond Bread)
125g caster sugar
3 large eggs
125g plain flour
125g of your chosen flavour (suggestions: slivered almonds, glace fruit, macadamias, I also add spices to compliment like cinnamon or clove or even add lemon zest, or 5ml of vanilla essence)

  • Cream sugar with the eggs until smooth
  • Mix in the flour and flavour of your choice
  • Pour mixture into oiled or non-stick rectangular bread tins (or I also use mini loaf tins)
  • Bake in oven for 45 mins at 160C
  • Allow to cool before removing from tin and wrapping in kitchen foil
  • Refrigerate at least 24 hours
  • Carve sides away from bread (I don’t do this, I like it rustic)
  • Slice thinly (I usually try for between 3-5mm thick)
  • Put on tray and bake in oven at 150C until crispy (about 5-10mins, I sometimes turn it over halfway through)
  • Store in airtight container, but not before you’ve made yourself a cuppa and sat down to enjoy!

19 thoughts on “tea?

  1. suzy says:

    Wow! That packaging is amazing. And the biscotti sounds delicious too.
    Sorry to read that you’ve been having sad times lately, I’m so impressed that you’re still managing to make beautiful things like this and your back-tack kit. Hope things get brighter soon…


  2. Laura says:

    Love your back-tack photos – and I’ve definitely gotta try the biscotti (a weakness of mine for sure!). Good thing my postage scale will measure in grams since I don’t have a clue what the conversion quantity would be. I can’t believe that’s all the ingredients!


  3. feli says:

    That packaging is amazing. you are really an inspiration to me. I have a friends birthday comming up and i am making that brown bag packaging as the gift wrap.


  4. sarah says:

    wow, the wrapping alone looks good enough to eat…and the biscotti recipe has my mouth watering already…can’t wait!
    p.s your back-tack is stunning!!!


  5. kelli says:

    Well, darn it, I was going to tell you how lovely the packaging was and how I AM SO STEALING THAT IDEA. But guess what? 13 other people beat me to the punch.
    Damn time zones.


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