It’s been a while since I’ve had a good baking weekend.
Except for a two hour window when I and my OH got out to brave the muddy cycle tracks of Wakefield, the weather was atrocious!
Not the floods experienced by those down south in the UK, but the sort of weather that make you want to wear comfy sweat pants all weekend and stay inside.
So I crafted (yesterday’s post) and I baked some of our favourite things.
First these biscuits from Hugh Fearnley Whatsits book ‘Cakes’
These are Anzac biscuits. They are very similar to a Hob nob. They are a favorite of my OH and my father. They keep for a long time in the tin – if you let them.
Secondly, three Beef and Guiness pies.
We love a pie. My OH especially loves my pies!
Making just one can be a bit of a faff. But making three, to freeze two for another time, makes it all worthwhile.
I just managed to take a photo before it disappeared completely. The flaky pastry worked a treat. No soggy bottoms!
Finally, double chocolate biscotti. Biscotti are the ones you bake first as a great big log and then, once cool, slice into biscuits and bake again to dry out. We couldn’t resist painting them in chocolate!
These are from the latest ‘Bake-Off’ book, my daughter received for Christmas. This is the second time we’ve made these. They last a good while in the tin too. Always a good thing when there is only three of you at home.
Did anyone else get up to some baking madness, this weekend?
Love, Lucie xx
Mmmmm.. those hobnobs look good. Maybe I should have a go at baking some of those instead of making Mr. T. bring them home with him at the weekend (along with Digestives, Waitrose teabags and Cadbury’s chocolate). We had a bit of a miserable weekend, weather-wise too and whilst I didn’t resort to a onesie, as my youngest did, I wore my yoga pants and sloppy top and did lots of knitting and some general slobbing about.
It’s still slobbing about weather here but unfortunately I am now at my desk suited and booted. I do have a onesie but it looks horrific on so I only resort to it if my OH is away and there is no chance of having to answer the door. I don’t like the look of utter distaste on his face.
Great, now I’m hungry 😦 Those anzac biscuits look AMAZING! (wipes dribble off keyboard….)
They are quite delicious!
Oh yum. I have a sweet tooth naturally but I LOVE steak pies and particularly those with flaky pastry 😀
Yes, us too!
Hi… I hadn;t thought of bulk batch pies. Do you use a disposible foil pie tin or can you freeze your pie dishes? Thanks!
Yes, I use disposable foil ones for the freezer, but would use pie dishes if I had spare ones. I freeze them uncooked. ( except the filling which has been cooked as you would a casserole).
You have to make sure the filling is cold when you fill your pastry case.
I freeze the pies on plates, set level in the freezer ( I have a chest freezer) until hard. Then I remove the plates and wrap the pies in plastic bags. It’s so nice to get a home made pie out of the freezer.
I defrost them for 12 hours in a cool kitchen.
Thank you so much for replying with all the info and tips I need to get going with this. I enjoy batch cooking for the freezer but I had never made pies for freezing.
The make three pies idea is very good. I like pies but it is a lot of work for one. Maybe I will try that next time. Biscuits look good too.
I would resort to shop pastry if I was baking just for one but make single beef stew pasties. Then I would eat them with the gravy dribbling down my arm!
What is all this ‘lasting in a tin’?
LOL! I always seem to make enough for a ‘Waltons’ sized family!
I can NEVER make enough!