Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hand made Christmas Challenge......

Blogtober 23rd

This is some Christmas bunting I have been knitting recently. I am having trouble keeping it flat as the edges are curling in a fair bit, I have tried blocking it, with limited success, oh well, it's just for us so I guess it doesn't really matter much, it still looks cute and Christmasy!

I have a few more favourite recipes for biscuits I like to make for gifts.....

Chocolate Fleck Cookies
125g butter
2 tblsp castor sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups SR Flour
75g chocolate, grated

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, beat in sweetened condensed milk, then sift flour in 2 batches. Stir in chocolate. Roll spoonfuls into balls, place on greased tray, press down slightly with fork. Bake in moderate oven (180 degrees) for about 10 minutes.


Weekender Biscuits
125g butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup sultanas
1 cup SR flour
2 cups lightly crushed cornflakes

Cream butter and sugar, add egg, mix well. Fold in sifted flour and sultanas, mix well. Roll spoonfuls of mixture in cornflakes and place on greased tray. Allow room for spreading. Bake in moderate oven (180 degrees) for about 20 minutes.


Delicious Chewy Ginger Bikkies
125g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup golden syrup
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
2tsp boiling water
1 1/2 cups plain flour

Place butter, sugar, golden syrup, ginger and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until butter melts and mixture is smooth. Put bicarb and boiling water in a small bowl and combine. Add to butter mixture and stir to combine. Add sifted flour and stir until smooth. Spoon spoonfuls onto greased tray, leave room to spread. Bake in moderate oven (180 degrees) for 12 - 14 minutes or until biscuits are just firm around edges. Allow to cool on trays.


This is not a biscuit recipe, but is delicious for a sweet hit and people really seem to like a homemade version of this lolly.

4 tblsp golden syrup
1 tblsp water
1 cup sugar
3 tsp bicarb soda

Before I start I like to prepare the tray I am using by lining it with a piece of baking paper. Heat golden syrup, and sugar, bring to boil, then simmer on low heat for 5- 10 minutes, careful to not burn it! Test for brittleness by dropping a little bit in water and seeing how hard it goes. When done, take pot off heat and add sifted bicarb, stir quickly and tip onto tray to set and cool. ( When you add the bicarb it will froth up and turn into honeycomb so stir the bicarb in quickly, but don't over stir or the air will all go out of it and it will lose it's lightness).
When cold and hard, shatter into pieces and you can dip in chocolate for homemade crunchies!


As you can probably tell, I come from a family of sweet tooths!

Hope you are having a nice weekend!

See what other people are doing in the Handmade Christmas Challenge at Knicky Knacks here.


  1. Yum, those biscuits have got me hungry! That bunting is beatiful and looks so homely and cosy. Thanks for joining in this week. Trace :)

  2. Oh my! Your bunting is so sweet. It reminds me of little elves hats.

  3. Love the bunting - I crocheted some xmas stars and sprayed them with starch - it worked a treat, or try a little wash-in type - well worth the effort.

  4. I haven't seen the full photo of the bunting because photos are taking a bit to download, but I would suggest moss stitch to make it lay flat!


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