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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

Uncategorized | December 7, 2009 | By

My Christmas decorations went up yesterday, the earliest I’ve ever put them up, and today I made Uma Wylde’s Spiced Cranberry Relish it was really easy to make, I made four times the recipe using 600g of fresh cranberries. Of course I had to have a little taste and it is delicious, not too sweet and lovely spicy flavours.

I also made some Shortbread Biscuits. My mum makes these every Christmas, she used to make up a box full for my Grandpa who really loved them. I usually make them too as they are easy to make and melt in your mouth.

Here is the recipe I use, you must use butter it’s what makes the shortbread so delicious.

Shortbread Biscuits (Cookies)

300g (10oz) plain flour
100g ( 4oz) caster sugar
200g (8oz) butter
caster (superfine) sugar for dredging

1. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the sugar. Work in the butter with your fingertips – keep it in one piece and gradually work in the dry ingredients. Knead well.
2. Pat down on a work surface and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to about 1/2 cm (1/8 in) and cut out with a cookie cutter. You will probably have to keep pushing the dough back together again as it is very crumbly.
3. Slide the cut biscuits off the work surface with a knife and onto a baking sheet.
4. Bake in the oven at 170C (325F) Mark 3 for about 8 minutes until firm and pale golden brown.
5. Lift onto a cooling tray with a spatula and dredge with caster (superfine) sugar.



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    December 7, 2009

    Oh, I'm having a baking day on Saturday… all this talk of delicious shortbread… and people making gingerbread… I just want to bake!

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    December 7, 2009

    That all looks scrumptious Janice! Is the cranberry relish intended as a sweet thing or to have with your roast?

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    December 7, 2009

    I made it for the Turkey, but Uma also recommends it with Brie on little croute thingies.

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    December 7, 2009

    oh your shortbread biscuits look fabulous! That cranberry relish sounds really tasty as well! I bet it's fab with turkey!

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    December 7, 2009

    By the way, how do you keep your shortbread fresh when giving it away as presents?

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    December 7, 2009

    It's all looking lovely and Christmasy, but it's scaring me. All my best laid plans have gone out the window and I don't know if I'll have time to make anything now – aghhhh!

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    December 7, 2009

    Thanks for your reply Janice. I guess I was meaning how do you present it as presents if it could be a few days between making and giving or giving and opening? I've never made biscuits as presents because I'm never quite sure what to do. You were talking about giving a box of shortbread?????

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    Weekend Carnivore
    December 7, 2009

    Both look really good. I am going to have a go at making my own cranberry sauce this year but I can't decide on a recipe. I am thinking of making one a head and freezing it and then heating it up on Christmas morning to save time. I just have to figure out which recipe will work best for that and taste good too.

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    December 8, 2009

    Oh, yes, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your place. A yummy Christmas at that.

    I am posting a shortbread cookie tomorrow from my participation with Cooking With Dorie.

    They are similar to yours.

    Pretty Cranberry Relish too!

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    December 8, 2009

    You have your Christmas decor up, you baked shortbread cookies and prepared a delightful cranberry relish. If I bring a big pot of tea and coffee, can I join you to enjoy the decorations and the holiday treats?

    Happy Holidays to you!

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    December 8, 2009

    Thanks for road testing my relish Janice! Delighted it gets the thumbs up. I'm about to make another batch

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    The imPerfect Housewife
    December 8, 2009

    YUMMMMMM – and yes, definitely real butter! I need to figure out those measurements though. I'm not sure what spiced cranberry relish is but if you can eat it on a biscuit, then I'm there! If you call cookies biscuits, then what do you call biscuits (like what we think of biscuits)? I just love it here ~ ♥

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    December 9, 2009

    I absolutely love the vibrancy of the relish!
    Shortbread biscuits look lovely too.

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    December 9, 2009

    Thanks for the tip Janice. I had been thinking along those lines, but wasn't sure where to get the bags from.

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    December 10, 2009

    Your festive treats look lovely 🙂

    Will be making my Shortbread Biscuits for christmas too – think they were my second post on my blog!

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    Bread and Jam
    December 15, 2009

    I would love to sample some of that shortbread. 🙂 Looks wonderful. Your post has me in the mood for holiday baking. Cute blog!

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    December 20, 2009

    Love the pic of the relish, I make it almost the same but never thought to put it over cheese mmmm! Thanks for the inspiration!

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