Monday, 21 February 2011

Alsacian Biscuits

I spent Sunday baking some some alsacian biscuits from Suzanne Roth's book "les petits gateaux d'alsace". Here is the results:

Oatmeal macaroons:
200g oatmeal (I used porridge oat)
200g grounded almonds
225g sugar
3 egg whites
Beat the egg whites until fluffy and add the sugar while beating.
Mix almond and oatmeal and add to the egg white.
Roll the dough into 2.5cm balls and roll them in oatmeal.
Bake around 20 minutes at 120 C

Lemon stars:
100g butter
70g icing sugar
250g flour
1/2 tea spoon of baking powder
a pinch of salt
lemon zest
1 egg yolk
3 table spoon of cream
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Add the egg yolk, cream and butter (soft) cut in small pieces and beat together. Put it in the fridge for 30min to rest.
Roll out the dough and cut star shapes.
Bake 10 minutes at 180 C.
Icing: mix an egg white with the same quantity of icing sugar and some lemon juice.
Cover the stars (once cool) and let it dry.

125g almond powder
125g butter
125g sugar
125g flour
1 pinch of clove powder
1/2 tea spoon of cinnamon powder
1 pinch of baking powder
1 egg
jam (I used bramble)
Mix the flour, almond, sugar, baking powder and spices. Add the egg and the butter (soft) and beat together. Make a ball and leave it in the fridge to rest for 2-3 hours.
Roll the dough into 2cm balls and make an indentation in the center with a finger. Fill with some jam and spread some almond on top.
Bake for about 20 minutes at 180 C.

I've tried these biscuits on my colleagues at work today and I am happy to say that there isn't any casualties to report (so far), therefore, they are quite safe to eat :oD

They are delicious actually and they will keep for some time in a metal tin.

Saturday, 19 February 2011


It is now a tradition! Every year before Christmas I send a parcel to my friend Camoun and at the beginning of the following year she send me one. I forgot to take a picture of the one I sent her, but I managed one of the parcel she sent me before I had a go at the chocolate...
As you can see, she's been extremely generous: 3 tablets of chocolate (there are only 2 left now...), a bag of bergamot orange sweeties (a speciality from Nancy, yum yum), a soap scented with bergamot as well, a recipe book to bake Alsacian biscuits, and a huge ball of yarn (50% yak, 50% sheep, dead soft :o) from

Tomorrow, I am going to bake some of these biscuits and try them on my guineapigs at work on Monday ;oD
I'll report here later...

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Meandering Vines Shawl

I've been wondering for a long time what to do with 6 balls of Artesano inca cloud alpaca I had in my stash when I found this pattern: Meandering Vines Shawl. It is a free ravelry download. It is a very easy pattern and the result is really nice.
I did 6 repeats of the lace pattern on 5mm needles.
Before blocking it looked like a mess:

Once blocked, you can see the nice pattern:

It is a gift for a friend I will be visiting in June...

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Hearts and Flowers socks

One more pair!
For me, as usual :o)
But I must admit that I am glad to have so many pairs (a dozen) of hand knitted socks because they are warm and cosy and, with the weather we had this winter, they've been put to good use!

The pattern is called hearts and flowers socks from Wendy Johnson book "socks from the toe up". I used one ball of Zauberball and 2.25mm dpn.

Now I have to decide on the next pair of socks I am going to knit (for me again, I am so selfish when it comes to socks). I like to have a pair to knit as it is a small portable project you can take anywhere :o)