Roasted Chestnuts ~ A Christmas Favourite

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My very earliest and fondest memory of Christmas alongside opening a Tiny Tears doll! Is standing in the freezing cold with my family of five on Oxford Street!

Waiting eagerly for the man to hand over a bag of sweet, soft and delectable roasted chestnuts!  How the hot steam would swirl out of the brown paper bag.  Such a welcoming warmth to our frozen fingers! 

I recreated the chestnut memory for my little ones today, but not on Oxford Street but in the comfort of our cozy home!  My very nearly 3 year old son thought they were chocolates and wanted to eat them raw! But I prepared them alongside him and then he took great enjoyment opening them once cooked, to reveal the yellow fleshy kernel!

Such a beautiful day! And more brilliant memories made xxxx

Merry Christmas!
Much love D xxxx

Cookie Cake Bars! I couldn’t resist!

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I’m sharing with you all a recipe I constructed recently. A cross between a cookie and a cake bar with a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping ☆
I made a smaller quantity that way I would limit eating a lot. But they were so yummy that in less than 24 hours they mysteriously disappeared lol!

Will be making another batch soon. I enjoyed mine with a chai latte! Pure heaven x

Cinnamon sugar cookie cake bars

INGREDIENTS

125g unsalted softened butter
50g dark muscavado sugar
35g caster sugar
¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon powder
¼ tsp mixed spice
¼ tsp salt
1 free range egg
½ tsp almond extract
125g plain flour
2-3 tbsp milk
Cinnamon sugar-3 tbsp caster sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon powder

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METHOD

• Preheat oven to 180°c/350°f. Grease a rectangular baking dish

• Cream the butter and both types of sugar until light and fluffy

• Add the baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice and salt

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• Stir mixture gently for 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and almond extract

• Sift in the flour slowly and mix until combined

• Transfer the batter into the baking dish and spread to about 1cm thickness

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• Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until sides crisp up a bit and a skewer when poked in to the cake comes out clean

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• Leave in the dish to cool, sprinkle over the cinnamon sugar when it is warm. Slice into bars when completely cool

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