Every day between December 1st and December 25th, we bring you a new festive ‘how to’ as part of our DIY Advent series.
Kathryn is the author of London Bakes, a baking blog that focuses on recipes with whole grains, good fats and natural sugars. When not in the kitchen, she can normally be found plying her trade as an accountant.
Why do you like Etsy as a source of ‘one-of-a-kind’ gifts?
One of my favourite things about Etsy is the beautiful and creative jewellery that you can find; so many times I’ve found the absolute perfect piece for someone and it’s totally different to what you see in the shops which makes it such a unique present.
Do you have a favourite handmade present? What is it?
If I’m making a present for someone, I always go for something food-related. One of my favourite things to gift is a bag of homemade brownie or cookie mix that people just need to add fresh ingredients to. You can provide them with a variety of add-ins that they can us if they want which makes it that bit extra-special.
Do you have a specific ritual for Christmas that you repeat every year?
For me, Christmas is all about rituals whether it’s the films that we watch or the food that we eat. In particular, on Christmas Eve, I love to watch the carols from King’s College, Cambridge whilst preparing the vegetables for Christmas Day. That’s when I know Christmas has really begun.
Makes about 20 cookies
180g dark brown soft sugar
200g buckwheat flour
30g cocoa powder
2 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
A generous pinch of chilli powder
Icing sugar and edible glitter, for decoration
1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F (fan) and line a baking tray with a piece of non-stick paper.
2. Whisk together the eggs and sugar and light and fluffy. Add all of your dry ingredients to the whisked eggs and stir with a wooden spoon until a sticky dough is formed. Shape the dough into two logs and flatten with your hands.
3. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes until firm to the touch. Remove the logs from the oven and turn it down to 150C/300F (fan).
4. Allow the dough to cool for 10 minutes before slicing the logs on the diagonal to make biscuits about ½ an inch thick. Place the biscuits side down on the baking tray and bake for 10 minutes before flipping them over and baking the for another 10 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven, allow to cool and dust with icing sugar and/or sparkly edible decorations. You could, if you were feeling really festive, drizzle some melted white chocolate over the biscotti.
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