As they say some end is a new beginning….my life had turned upside down but I decided not to be put down with it. The pressure, the depression, sleepless nights and endless tears that took my life into a different state was too much to bear.

But then I thought of Dr Seuss words “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Perhaps what happened to my life is indeed a blessing in disguise.
So in one of those days when I thought it would be so gloomy again… I decided that I would bake the cookies I always wanted to try for a very long time.

Last year I joined the EMBB and the parcel that arrived at my door came from Andrew of Spittoon Extra. He baked some of these cookies and they arrived in Athens to be savoured as soon as I opened the box.

Here is the original recipe Andrew had. I did not alter anything until to the point I could not roll the mixture. Perhaps it was my hazelnuts which was very powdery.
I added a bit of butter to hold the mixture. Andrew did not grind all the nuts to give it a crunchy taste which was so tasty. Also his were thinnner than mine.
I will bake these biscuits again and if I will be using the extra grounded hazelnuts then I will test by reducing the flour and maybe add a bit of butter.

Andrew included a bottle of honey on that parcel. I kept mine on tight container and gave away to friends.
These biscuits are perfect for afternoon tea… very easy to bake… quick to disappear from your kitchen too!!!!

these were the one Andrew baked

    Irish Hazelnut Honey Biscuits

    75g hazelnuts
    150g plain flour
    100g butter
    50g caster sugar
    4 tablespoons thick honey

    Toast the nuts in the oven for 10 minutes. You need to remove any skins before grinding to a powder. Cream the butter and sugar together and sift in the flour and salt. Add the nuts. Knead lightly. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.

    Roll out the dough and cut iinto 5cm rounds. Grease a baking tray, line with paper and bake at 190C/375F/G5 for 7 – 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Serve sandwiched together with thick honey.

    I didn’t actually ground the hazelnuts up all that finely wanting a little crunch in the biscuit; it made the dough rather fragile though, but the end result is rather tasty.

Easy tasty bake…..

…and other than slowly picking up my life again this little creature added a ray of sunshine to my life…my nephew Andreas Sebastian. Tara gave birth last 3rd of June few days shy to my birthday!

and he sleeps and asks milk again and sleeps again…