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HoneyBanana30 10-30-2015 11:54 AM

Honey's Recipe Book
 
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Um, hello! ^^
As I bake all the time, I decided to make a recipe book on BI for you all, so you can try out my recipes and bake, too! ^^
I actually bake every weekend, so - I'm going to try and update this thread every weekend with a new recipe. :3

I have loved to bake ever since I was little and it's actually really therapeutic. ^^
I honestly don't like sweet things very much (I hate both of the things in my username. XD), so - I always give them to my friends, meaning that you can also give your bakes as presents if you want to. :3
I can only bake, though... ^^; I'm awful at proper cooking, so - this recipe book is strictly for baking! I'm sorry! >.<

Anyway, I hope you have fun and that this thread is useful for you!
I'd love to see your bakes, too, so - make sure to tell me if you try the recipes out and post a picture of them if you'd like. :3
Enjoy! ♡

I do not own all of the recipes on this thread, so - all credit goes to the respective owners and not me!

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Recipe Key
On each recipe I post, a couple of symbols will be included in the details section.
Each symbol means something, so - here's a key with all the definitions for you. :3

N - Nut-free.
G - Gluten-free.
D - Dairy-free.
E - Egg-free.
V - Vegetarian.

☆ - Easy.
☆☆ - Intermediate.
☆☆☆ - Hard.

☺- Birthdays.
♥ - Valentine's Day.
○ - Easter.
♫ - Halloween.
◊ - Christmas.

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Have fun baking and I hope you have a great day!~☆

HoneyBanana30 10-30-2015 11:58 AM

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List Of Recipes
In alphabetical order.

Shortbread.

HoneyBanana30 10-30-2015 11:59 AM

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Your Bakes
In alphabetical order.

Your amazing bakes. :3
Coming soon~

HoneyBanana30 10-30-2015 11:59 AM

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Shortbread Recipe
☆ || N || D || E || V

Just a traditional shortbread recipe.
You only need 3 ingredients, making it really simple and easy, but - it's apparently really tasty and all of my friends and family seem to enjoy it!~

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Ingredients
• 250g / 1 and a 1/4 cups / 8 oz / 1/2 lb of brown sugar (I use this, but - you can use any brown sugar you would like. In fact, you can even use plain old white or golden caster sugar and it's still fine!).
• 500g / 2 cups / 16 oz / 1 lb of unsalted butter.
• 500g / 3 and 1/3 cups / 16 oz / 1 lb of plain flour (To be honest, I usually need more, but - you'll see if you do or not depending if your mixture has become a dough that isn't too sticky or not. You will need some more for rolling it out, though, so - I recommend having more just in case something happens.) - make sure it's plain, not self-raising!
• 2 teaspoons (or capfuls if you've got one of these small bottles) of vanilla essence/extract/flavouring (they're all the same), although - this is optional and you can either not use it or use something like orange or lemon essence instead. :3 You can also add food colouring, if you'd like, but - the gel/paste makes much brighter and vivid colours.

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Apparatus
• A big/mixing bowl.
• A (wooden) spoon.
• A rolling pin.
• Some biscuit cutters or a knife.
• A fork.
• A sieve (This is optional. It honestly doesn't really matter, but - if you have one, I'd recommend you'd use it. :3).
• An electric mixer (This is also optional - I personally never use one... ^^;).
• Grease-proof paper
• Baking tray/s.
• Scissors.
• A spatula (Again, this is optional. It doesn't really matter if you have one or not. The plastic ones are good for mixing and the metal ones are useful for getting the biscuits off the tray with. :3).

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Method
1. Pre-heat your oven to 160°C / 325°F / Gas Mark 3 (same if you have a fan-assisted oven) and line a few baking trays with grease-proof paper.

2. Place your butter and sugar into a bowl and cream them both together (it may be easier to mix if you soften it by leaving it out for around an hour or putting it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, especially if you are mixing by hand). I personally sieve the sugar (just because brown sugar sometimes have lumps in it), but - this is not necessary by any means and I'm just overly anxious about it. ^^;

3. Sieve all of the 500g of plain flour into another bowl (Again, this is optional, but - I would recommend it if you have a sieve).

4. Adding small amounts at a time, add the flour into your butter and sugar mixture and slowly stir it in (by hand). Make sure to add the vanilla esssence (or any other flavourings or food colouring, if you are adding some) at this point, too, but - before it has become a dough.

5. When all of the flour has been added, mould the mixture into a dough. If it is too sticky, add more flour as necessary, although - you shouldn't need too much more and can always add more when you are rolling out the dough and cutting out your shapes.

6. On a clean surface which has been sprinkled with flour, roll out the dough (it may be easier to cut it in half if your kitchen is small). Make sure to put flour on your rolling pin, too, so it doesn't stick to the dough. My Food-Tech teachers tells us to make the height of the dough around the height of your thumb, but - I find this a bit too much and make it around 1cm, instead. Traditional shortbread is quite thick, though.

7. After you have rolled your mixture out, cut shapes either with a biscuit cutter or into strips with a knife. Transfer these onto your baking trays (which should have been lined with grease-proof paper). Re-roll any remaining dough and keep doing this until virtually all of it has gone. I make small circular biscuits with any remaining dough, just by hand and without cutting it. When all of the shapes are on the baking trays, prick them a couple of times with a fork.

8. Bake the biscuits for around 15 minutes. This usually works for me, but - the biscuits just need to be golden-brown, which sometimes requires an extra minute for me. It all depends on your oven, to be honest. ^^; The dough will be soft at this point, so - don't worry about that!

9. Leave the biscuits out for around 10 minutes, and - when cool enough, transfer them on to a wire rack. Leave for around 20-30 minutes more, so they have hardened and completely cooled down.

10. Eat them or give them to your friends or family! ^^
Store them in a sealed container or on a plate with a cling-film/tin-foil over it (not in the fridge) and eat within 4 days.
I hope you/they enjoy them and that you have had fun! :3

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This recipe made exactly 30 8.5cm x 10cm bat-shaped shortbread biscuits for me (which were quite large).
If you're using smaller cutters and/or not making the biscuits for a lot of people (I made some for 5 of my friends and their families, my grandparents and for my mum and step-dad), I'd recommend adapting the recipe for the amount of people you are making them for, such as halving the quantities of the ingredients.

I also bent my foot backwards for the 6th time, so - be careful to look where you're going and don't trip over a chair leg, like I did. XD

HoneyBanana30 10-30-2015 03:02 PM

By the way, I'm going to be making mini red velvet cupcakes for my friends at school and my mum's work on Sunday, so - I'll post the recipe up then! ^^
Although, I will only post recipes up on Sundays from now on, as I only made shortbread today as it was a Halloween present for my friends. :3

MelonyAutumn7 10-30-2015 05:16 PM

Honey this is fabulous! I love to cook, never baked from scatch before... But I will try! :)

really love this! xD

NeonSmiley : ) 11-06-2015 12:47 PM

This is amazing! I love to bake and I love shortbread and red velvet.

I'm very excited to see what's next!

HoneyBanana30 11-06-2015 01:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MelonyAutumn7 (Post 4181072)
Honey this is fabulous! I love to cook, never baked from scatch before... But I will try! :)

really love this! xD

Thank you!~
I'm so glad you like it! ^^
Yeah - I find it really fun and I definitely recommend it. :3
I hope you'll have fun, too!~

Quote:

Originally Posted by NeonSmiley : ) (Post 4181256)
This is amazing! I love to bake and I love shortbread and red velvet.

I'm very excited to see what's next!

Neon!~
Thank you so much! >////<
I'm making brownies and gluten-free chocolate cakes with my friend this weekend. :3

I'll post the red velvet recipe up soon~
I didn't take any pictures, though. >.<
Next time I get asked to make them (my mum's work is always asking... ^^;), I'll post some pictures!~

VanessaMay18 11-06-2015 08:27 PM

This looks great so far Honey! :D

I love brownies, so I'll be looking forwards to that recipe. :nod:


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