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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Kiss me quick! Coffee kisses & chocolate kisses

So today I decided to make coffee kisses, just like the ones I used to make with my dad when I was little. Most recipes I found were for a coffee biscuit sandwiched with a buttercream filling, but the ones we used to make have a melted chocolate filling which makes them even more irresistable.

Here is the recipe I used:

250g Butter
250g Plain Flour
100g Icing sugar
2 tsp instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water (cooled)
45g Plain chocolate
Icing sugar to dust (optional)

(Makes 25 according to recipe, but I found that i got 13 rather generous ones)

1. Preheat the oven to 180c. Mix butter into the icing sugar, beating until light and fluffy.

2. Add the flour and coffee mix and stir well. The recipe then recommends piping the mix into swirls, however I rolled small amounts of mix in my hand then flattened them slightly on the tray into discs around 5cm across and 1.5 cm deep. Then place onto a greased or floured baking tray and bake in a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, if you have made large ones you may need to leave for 14 minutes, mine took slightly longer as it is important that they are firm to the touch.

3. Leave to cool on a cooling rack and melt the chocolate, when the biscuits are cool sandwich them together with the chocolate and leave to set.


Overall I would recommend this recipe, these are delicious tea break treats and are not difficult or time consuming to make. I made a few changes to the recipe which were using milk chocolate to sandwich my kisses together as that is the preffered chocolate in our house, and it tasted gorgeous. I also experimented with the recipe and made a chocolate variation which is as follows: 

250g Butter
250g Plain Flour
100g Icing sugar
2.5 tsp cocoa powder dissolved in 1.5 tbsp hot water (cooled)
45g Plain chocolate
Icing sugar to dust

These turned out really well, I think they have actually been more popular than the coffee version in my house, I used extra water as I found my mix came out a little dry.

Happy Cooking!

Much love,

Becky x

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

From humble beginnings...

 Hi! My name is Becky, I live in the Lake District, I'm 20 and currently a student. I am due to graduate in July and this summer I will be moving in with my boyfriend of three and a half years. Currently we are in the process of doing up our first home ready to move in, which we are really excited about.

This is us:


This is the start of an adventure and a major step in both our lives and one which I am sure will be full of highs, lows and everything in between. I plan to blog our progress on making our house our own using a modest budget. We hope to do the majority of the work ourselves as whilst I am a complete novice other than knowing how to use a paintbrush (although I will give anything a go), my other half is a joiner which is super handy!

So I hope that you will join us along the way, seeing out house transform to become our home while we continue our journey in life.

Oh and if you are wondering about the blog title... I am in love with food. I love reading about food, talking about food, looking at food, making food, and most of all eating it.
 Any free time I have tends to be spent looking at recipes and making something I couldn't resist. Like this....

and this...


So as well as keeping you up to date with the house I will chuck in some of the recipes I have tried too, cooking is my stress relief so expect to see a fair few cooking updates! If you want to stay up to date please click on the right to follow me and I will follow you back.

Much love,

Becky x