Sunday, 12 February 2012

BryonyBakes - Loveheart millionaire's shortbreads!

Millionaire's shortbread is one of Harveys favourite sweet treats! I decided to make him some for Valentines day and found this recipe online that makes adorable heart shaped cookies! Now I'm no baker and I'll admit that I often burn toast but I think these came out really well!!
So yummy <3


125g of softened butter
140g of plain flower (extra for dusting)
55g of caster sugar

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
ready made caramel
Milk chocolate
white chocolate 

To make your dough you will need to:

1. Cream the butter & sugar with the vanilla extract until its fluffy.. I tried cheating by using an electric mixer. Trust me it doesn't work! An old fashioned wooden spoon is much easier!! Then add the flour and mix together to make a dough. If its a little dry add a tiny drop of milk! 

2. Wrap it in cling film (nasty stuff) & pop it in the fridge for 10 minutes...

... Meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 170'C (150'C for fan ovens) & go paint your nails or eat some chocolate!!! I vote maltesors : ) 

3. Once your full of chocolate, or 10 minutes are up, whichever happens to come first, take the dough out of the fridge! Sprinkle some flour onto the worktop and start to roll the dough out! I done mine a little too thin so aim for about 3mm in thickness! Using a cute little heart shaped cookie cutter (Ebay, 79p!) start to cut out your biscuit shapes! The dough should make 36 biscuits but mine made more as it was thinner!

4. Lay the shapes onto some greaseproof paper and pop in the oven for 10 minutes! They come out looking golden, crunchy and delicious! Please refrain from eating them... Unless you have an uneven number! ; ) 

5. Using some ready made caramel smooth a generous amount onto a biscuit then sandwich another on top. 
Like this <<<<<<< : ) So tasty! 

Line them up on a tray so they look all cute and then leave for up to 30 minutes for the caramel to harden slightly, preferably in a cool room. My kitchen is pretty much as cold as outside so I was fine!! Haha... 

6. Melt some chocolate in a bowl, the recipe says dark and white but I know Harvey hates dark, as do I and of course I'll be helping him eat them! So dark was out and milk was in!! Melt them in separate bowls! Then using a spoon drizzle the chocolate along the lines of biscuits! Go as mad as you like! I ended up covered in drizzles of it but I'm not complaining! They look super cute when done. Leave them for a little while for the chocolate to reset...  Resist eating

Whilst that hardens you get to lick the chocolate bowls!!! <3

7. I got these little boxes on Ebay! They come with a heart window and handle with a gift tag! I filled one up for my valentine to take home and enjoy! They look really cute and its a nice way to package them. 

Such a simple recipe and damn are these tasty!!!!! Perfect sweet treat for your sweetie :) I hope if you make them you enjoy them as much as we did! Thanks for reading and follow the blog for more! 

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The snow!

It snowed in London over the weekend and was sooooo pretty! 
It's the first time I've driven in it however! I found it ok as long as I stuck to main roads. Last year my Lulu didn't move for a week due to the snow. This year she was as sociable as ever! :) Lulu is my car btw! 

My garden was full of it and almost completely untouched! With the exception of the scattered paw prints from next doors kittens Billy & Casper! It always looks so pretty though compared to its normal winter sadness.

Heres me in my all attractiveness!! ;)

I took the dogs for a walk with my good old mum today! We went to a manor near by and it was beautiful! The snow had started to melt so it was all crunchy but I find the noise under my wellies sort of therapeutic. Is that crazy?
I love getting to wear my hats in winter!!!!! 

The infamous Bobby & Bella... <3

These little darlings may be featured in my posts often as they never fail to make me smile! What better subject than one that makes you smile? I don't have an answer :) 
So here they are in an action shot wrestling in the snow... What they do best! Playfully of course!!!!
I love throwing snow balls and watching the confusion on their little faces when it disappears! So innocent. 

Bobby (Robert James) & I :) 
Corrrr he makes me look tiny! 

The snow is melting into slushy ice now. As beautiful as it is I'm hoping that's all until next winter... Perhaps I'll wish for a white christmas 2012! 
My hands and feet are numb enough for the rest of the year & I've never drunk so much hot chocolate.... But thank-you snow for gracing us with your presence and making London seem almost pure again! 

All in all it was a lovely walk and we ended up walking home to this gorgeous sun set! 
Good old snow for making the world seem a more glorious place... Even if it is just for a couple days! 


Monday, 6 February 2012

Welcome :)

I previously made a blog and found that it was much harder than it looked!!! I posted about 3 things then deleted the blog... Fingers crossed this one lasts a little longer!

So, welcome to BryonyLaura :) I hope you find some of my posts interesting and maybe even helpful! This blog will be mostly beauty related with snippets into my personal life included at some points.

I love reading other peoples blogs so I'm hoping my own will be a success! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!!