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Appetizers for the Christmas Season
Sat 22-Dec-12
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Will be thinking of you, then !  big_hug

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Fri 12-Apr-13
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Couldn't decide where to post this recipe but here seems as good a place as any even though Christmas is still 8 months off. It's for Toffee Bacon Shortbread which I tasted last night at a cooking class (see my blog). So it's sweet and savoury at the same time - and easy into the bargain. The chef's name is Elise Burton, just to give her credit where credit is due.

 

1/2 cup cornstarch                                 1/4 cup toffee bits (e.g. Skor Bits)

1/2 cup icing sugar                                1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup all-purpose flour                           1 tsp. vanilla extract 

1/4 tsp. salt                                          1/4 cup cream

6-8 strips crispy bacon, crumbled

 

Sift together first 4 ingredients. Stir in crumbled bacon and toffee bits. In separate bowl beat butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, add vanilla and beat it in. Add dry ingredients to butter and mix by hand until combined. Add cream gradually until dough forms a ball. Transfer dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a log shape about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze for a minimum of 20 minutes.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 300F/150C and line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper. Cut dough into 1/4 inch discs and place on baking sheets. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until edges of cookies are beginning to brown slightly. Transfer cookies to cooling rack and let cool completely. 

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Sat 13-Apr-13
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You mentioned the 'C' word, Chris!! surpriseddalekmonster 

 

Hmm, toffee and bacon together.......yes I know bacon and maple syrup are popular on your side of the pond, but toffee and bacon together - and in shortbread - just doesn't do it for me, sorry.  Bit like Val's quiche in sweet pastry!

But shortbread (the normal kind!).....mmmm, haven't made that in ages, that'll be on my baking list for the next few days, thanks for the idea Chris!

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Chris, allow me to acquaint you with the Spork!  spork C word is not to be uttered until December! monster

And why anyone would want to eat that is a mystery to me.

I'll try that again!

Sat 13-Apr-13
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Sorry!!

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You are forgiven! big_laugh  toffeeapple

I'll try that again!

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Oh! Thank goodness!! I thought I might be kicked off the Forum. But the cookies are good. Did you check out the other bacon ideas in my blog? The "Pig Candy" was surprisingly tasty.

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Not yet, I have been having a bit of a tussle with my newer computer - a windows update caused it to crash and it has taken a couple of hours to recover everything.  Bah!

I'll try that again!

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Reviving this thread to add Chicken and Broccoli bites, they sound rather tasty to me.   Although I don't think we have Doughboy goods any more I believe that there is a similar product available UK wide.

I'll try that again!

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Oh yum....they sound delicious.

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Wed 17-Dec-14
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Don't they though?  Is it Jusrol who do the raw croissants?

I'll try that again!

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I think it is, Toni.

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Thank you sweetie; how is your ear feeling today? 

I'll try that again!

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It's not quite so sore today, thank you for asking.  It will be good (and loud!big_laugh) when I can finally hear properly out of it again.

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Ssometimes it can take a long time for the last bit of your hearing to return, at least, that is what I find.  Being deaf anyway, I always feel so isolated when the last remnant of hearing is taken away from me.

I'll try that again!

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