Beginners guide to shortbread

So I’m giving shortbread a go today, and thought I would share my experience with you all! This is my first time trying it out so any helpful tips or comments are much appreciated ❤️ Be sure to check out my other recipe articles too!

First of all my recipe tells me to get my oven on to 130 fan assisted or 150 degrees normal. Now that’s warming up I can concentrate on the mix.

For this recipe I’m using; 150g plain flour – 100g softened diced butter – 50g sugar –

Rub the flour and softened butter together to form a bread crumb like texture. Then add in your sugar and stir until you start to form a ball.

This is what the breadcrumb texture should look like.
Then after you stir in the sugar you get a ball start to form like this.

You can then turn it out on a floured work surface and briefly knead it until it’s soft. Mine broke up a few times whilst kneading so I made sure to be gentle.

Once it’s smooth pat in out into a circle and gently slide it into you’re tin. I choose a 20cm baking tin as that’s what seemed to fit it best. Use a knife to gently mark 8 pieces in the top and prick each piece a couple times with a fork. Then it’s ready to go in the oven!

And finally you should have something that looks like this ( although mine is a bit messy)

Bake for 30-35 mins and REMEMBER IT SHOULD BE PALE. Leave it to cool off and it’s ready to go! Great for dunking in tea and coffee too.

And here’s how my slices turned out! ( I apologize for the poor photography. I forgot to take a good pic)

Don’t forget to leave me any tips or advice on cooking shortbread in the comments and take a look around at the other recipes available or subscribe for email alerts on new content. Thanks for reading!

Xoxo

9 Binge-Worthy Netflix Series

I love me a good afternoon of binge-worthy telly, if your anything like me then check out my list of Netflix shows to add to your list when you are looking for something to get gripped on!

It took me a while to select only 10 series considering there are about 40 I wanted to include but these 9 are my top recommendations for now… There will be more list to come!

The Ranch – now it took me few episodes to get hooked on this series, but when I did I literally watched nothing else for a couple weeks. It’s about a small town ranch it’s funny, sad, and moving. It an easy one to watch as well if you want something on in the background, There are loads of seasons too and they are bringing out new ones still so plenty to binge!

Ratched – this was trending for a reason when it came out, full of plot twists and drama it’s gripping from the very beginning all the way to the unexpected end, it gets pretty gruesome at times to be fair but it is so easy to binge I had to include it on this list. 

The Duchess – I totally loved this and finished it the same day, it made me actually laugh out loud which is a novelty for TV! The hilarious comedian Katherine Ryan is so funny in this series about her life and raising her daughter, it is fictional but written by Katherine herself so has put a lot of herself into and it paid off!

House Of Cards – If you are looking for something to really sink your teeth into, this is the one for you! This political drama is just brilliant, including enough scandal, romance, and unexpected storylines it so makes it binge-worthy! There are 6 seasons to get through but I think it’s a shame there weren’t more seasons!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – I’m not normally one to go for teenage witchy or vampire-like series as they’re not really my thing, but being a fan of the original Sabrina movie I thought I would try it, and I was not disappointed! It is cringy at times but so binge-worthy, I even got my boyfriend hooked on it!

Riverdale – Again, this is another cringe-filled teenage American high school-based drama but it does actually get really good, I initially put it on because I was fed up with scrolling through so many options and ended up hooked! Just when you think they can’t do anything else with it, they hit you with another wild closing scene that makes you just want to watch the next one! (plus there are so many seasons to waste some time on)

Atypical – This is a great watch, it is heartwarming and funny and really different from all the other stuff that’s out there at that moment. It follows the life of a teenage boy throughout various life events and the challenges that come with growing up when on the autism spectrum.

End of the f* world – Netflix did well when they put together this series based on the comic book by Charles Forsman, I think I have watched it 3 times already and am hoping they will bring out more. The dark twist it has that one of the main characters is pretty sure he’s a psychopath combined with the witty humor and dramatic events will definitely have you pressing the next episode button! 

Cobra Kai – Now I wasn’t a fan of the karate kid movies (yes I said it!) But I really got into the whole storyline when I ended up watching this because my boyfriend wanted to watch it, and now I find myself doing random karate chops with my headband around my face at any given moment! For the lovers of the film they have kept the original cast which is a bonus, but it’s also full of drama, action and even has its romances and is just an all-around well-made series!

Stay tuned for more content on what to watch! Leave me your thoughts on any you think should be on the list in the comments below!

Xoxo

9 Easy Go-To Baking Recipes!

Fancy getting your bake on but don’t know what to bake?

I have a handful of regular recipes I keep in the kitchen, as most of the time choosing a recipe or picking what treat to bake can be the hardest part. You will also find that you already have most of the ingredients for all of these recipes in your cupboards, there is no need to go out and spend a fortune, or spend 2 weeks hunting down the perfect specific ingredients just to bake a tasty cake! 

Ginger And White Chocolate Cake – This one always goes down a treat in my house, you can use white chocolate or dark chocolate depending on your preference and I also like to grate some fresh ginger over the icing on top to give it that extra zingy flavour! With its easy-to-use ingredients and quick prep time, it’s the perfect cake to share around. If you don’t have the bundt tin to do this one, you can just bake it like a regular cake but for a little longer. (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/ginger-and-white-chocolate-cake)

Chocolate Chip Traybake – Serving up to 35 portions its a great easy recipe for parties and sharing around the room, and if you keep them stored in an airtight container they will keep for up to a week a still taste just as great! (although to be honest they have never lasted that long in my house!) It is also a great recipe to make with the kids too, with having only three simple steps it’s a great way to get them involved in the kitchen without having to get too complicated. (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chocolate-chip-traybake)

Marble Sandwich Cake – Who said making a fancy cake had to be difficult? If you are looking for more of a show stopper cake (this is my favourite for a birthday cake especially) then you need to try this one out, it looks like it should be more tricky than it is, using an easy swirling method you can create this masterpiece too! You can use the food colouring of your choice, it doesn’t have to be pink like the recipe, I like to do it with blue or green as it stands out really well against the normal coloured batter. Don’t be afraid to add some fun decorations on top for the ultimate fun finish!  (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/pink-marble-sandwich-cake)

Classic Victoria Sponge – Baking a cake could not get easier with this recipe, I must make a victoria sponge at least once every couple of weeks and it is always my go-to whenever someone asks me to bring a cake too as it never fails in a crowd. Because it uses just the basic ingredients that you normally have lying around in the kitchen cupboards it is a great recipe to turn to if you get a sudden urge to bake like me but don’t always have the stock for creative recipes. You can always jazz it up a bit too by using different flavoured buttercream instead of jam in the middle for a change too, or one of my favourites it to make an orange buttercream and grate orange zest and powdered sugar on top. (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/classic-victoria-sandwich-recipe)

Butterfly Cupcakes – If you want to make something tasty to snack on but don’t want to go through all the hassle that many recipes involve then you will want to save this one to your list! They look super pretty too, and all you have to do is cut the tops of the cake and press them into the top of the buttercream to make a butterfl ly lookalike (the recipe explains this step in more detail but its super simple) but if you want to save messing around you can finsih with any topping you like. (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/butterfly-cakes)  

Classic Cheese Scones – If your taste buds are craving something a bit more savoury then this next recipe is perfect! Making the ideal treat for afternoon tea, or I like to make them and have them for breakfast as they keep really well in an airtight container or you can even freeze and defrost them as you go, to save any waste! They go great with a smudge of butter and strawberry jam for breakfast or as a side to a nice hot soup for lunch. If you are not such a fan of cheese, just leave the cheese out the recipe, or try doing half and half if serving to guests to offer a variety. (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/classic-cheese-scones)

Funfetti Cake – Make sure to get an extra pot of sprinkles next time you are in the supermarket for this funfetti layer cake. It looks great, its tastes great and its straighforward to make. What more could you ask for in a cake recipe? This is the perfect cake to serve up on special occasions, for me it never fails to please a crowd and the bright color the sponge gets from the sprinkles always looks amazing. It can also be a fun one to try out with the kids as with the incorporation of the sprinkles can be an attention grabber for the younger ones. The recipe makes four layers but if you want to keep it simpler just half the recipe and split the mix into two baking tins instead. (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/funfetti-cake)

Banana bread – Need a way to use up those overripe bananas? Look no further, as this is the perfect recipe for doing just that and it only takes fifteen minutes to prepare! Its a modern
take on the classic banana loaf but works just as well. My favourite thing about this recipe is that its freezes downs really well, I like to cook a few loafs at a time and then portion it up and store it away for later date, its a great way to enjoy a tasty treat without having to go through the time consuning process! (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/brilliant-banana-loaf)

Doughnut Muffins – If you adore a freshly cooked doughnut as much as I do this one is for you! a different and easier take on the classic all-time favourite jammy doughnut. I love making these little balls of joy, between the fact that the process is simple and that there is no frying involved, I often find myself coming back to this recipe. I am not a huge fan of frying things plus it just gets messy most of the time so having this oven cooked alternative is a keeper in my book. (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/doughnut-muffins)

The list could go on as nowadays between google, pinterest and youtube baking has been made a lot more accesible to us, but these are defintely some of my favourite recipes to keep handy for those days where I crave the finish product and not the process, please let me know what some of your favourite recipes are in the comments below! 

xoxo

Daily Dose for the Soul

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