This may have been done before (and if so, please delete this and point me in the direction of the old thread!) but I thought it might be rather jolly to share our favourite recipes - this can be for mouthwatering meals, sumptuous snacks, comestible confectionery and of course, beautiful beverages.
I'll start with a rather old (but nonetheless very satisfying) recipe - this being for biscuits. My favourite flavour creates a bit of an ensemble, but as yet I have never had any complaints.
You will need:
Very finely chopped/ground almonds. (Ideally they will not be detected in the texture, but rather in the flavour. I tend to grind them almost to a powder.)
Two large spoonfuls of honey.
Three hefty knobs (behave yourself!) of butter (for those of you who don't measure in knobs, about 150g)
Four firm shakings of flour. (300g)
Two firm shakings of sugar. (150g)
Sift the flour and mix the almonds and mixed spices in with it.
Melt the butter, honey, and sugar together in a saucepan until it becomes an artery-filling yellow slop. Allow to cool for a minute, then mix into the flour and spice mixture.
You should achieve a fairly stiff, but pliable paste. If it is a bit sloppy, add more flour. If it is bit floury, add more slop.
Add broken dark chocolate and raisins (plenty of which) and mix thoroughly so that they occur evenly throughout the mixture.
Eat some mixture and make a friend eat some too. Add more things according to taste.
Eat more mixture.
Separate the mixture into little balls and place on a greased baking tray. With this recipe the biscuits do not deflate, so you can put them as close together as you wish. (If you want flat biscuits, flatten them now! I personally prefer little lumps of biscuit, rather like rock cakes.)
Put the tray in the oven for about twenty minutes at Gas Mark 6. Keep checking on them, though, as every oven is different. Take them out of the oven when they are golden-brown all over, and pale-brown at the edges. They may still be soft at this point, but they will harden as they cool.
Eat a few warm. They're good. They're also hotter than the rays of the sun and will kill your tastebuds, but it is deliciously worth it.
Put on a big plate and wake everyone in your house to eat some.