Friday, 9 October 2009

Homemade Heaven Kitchen Bliss

You have all heard about my kitchen that got a makeover (more like Extreme Makeover - Home edition). What started out as a leaking drain, turned into a completely new kitchen. The best thing about it, we did it ourselves (mostly Keith) and it suits our needs (mostly mine) perfectly.

So here is a peek from door...

And here is a side view with some of my cookbooks and tins on display - don't they look beautiful?

So I hear you ask and what is in that tin on the counter?

My homemade Easy Biscotti, adapted from the YOU Delectable Cookie book, published by John Reilhan.
This is a very easy recipe, I changed it slightly because I didn't have any nuts on hand, so I used coconut and secondly I love lemons, so I added an extra lemon. Because I added more dry ingredients, instead of nuts I had to add an extra egg too.
Easy Biscotti

380g Cake flour
5ml Baking Flour
160g Castor Sugar
5ml Vanilla Essence
Grated Zest of 3 lemons
4 Jumbo Eggs
100g Shredded Coconut

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking sheet with paper (or just spray it well with non-stick spray).
Sift the flour into a bowl and then add all the other ingredients, except the eggs and mix.
Add the eggs and mix to a smooth (except for the coconut) but sticky dough - this is so much easier with a stand mixer.
Divide the dough in half, shape each half into an oval . Place on the baking sheets and flatten slightly.
Bake for 20 minutes until pale brown and remove from the oven.
Cut each oval into diagonal slices about 1cm (not more) thick.
Reduce the oven temperature and re-bake the slices for another 15 minutes or until they are dry to the touch.
Allow to cool on a cooling rack and enjoy with your afternoon tea (when the crunchies are finished)!


The Woman said...

Oh you're so lucky! I'm still having to contend with a cramped apartment kitchen...

One day!

Jeanne said...

Oh Rosemary!! That looks too gorgeous. You are so lucky that Keith is so handy :) Look forward to more delicious creations from your fab new kitchen!

Elle said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous! Looks like a showroom with the glossy white cabinets and black tile. Love the wall hung shelf...and all those cookbooks. The biscotti sound so nice and lemony. Great photos as well!

eatme_delicious said...

Wow lucky you your kitchen looks awesome! So does the biscotti mmm.

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