Monday, 30 April 2012

Hellooooooo Shorties!

Shorties are the new girl in town...haven't you heard?! She's totally awesome, and pretty, and popular, and has looooaaads of friends! Yeah, I am talking about a cookie and you'd be almost right thinking I'm a bit cuckoo. What can I say, I just love these little things!!!

Pistachio and White Chocolate Shortie: Pistachio Shortbread made using both ground and chopped pistachios with a white chocolate ganache filling...yuuuuum!

Double Chocolate and Rum Ganache Shortie: Chocolate shortbread made using dark chocolate cocoa powder and a dark chocolate rum infused ganache to sandwich the two together!! Yo ho,yo ho a pirate's life for me!!

Espresso and Dark Chocolate Shortie: Coffee infused shortbread with a dark chocolate and vanilla ganache. Perfect for breakfast...just a thought. Not saying I did, I would never...

We also did an Almond and Milk Chocolate Shortie over the weekend at the Stockbridge Market..I have no photographic evidence, but you must believe me. It was divine! An almond shortbread made using ground almonds and almond oil sandwiched with a lucious milk chocolate ganache with even more almond oil! It was so good, they all went before I could snap a pic! 

These little beauties are so much fun to make! I'm having a great time coming up with lots of fun flavours. Make sure you keep posted here, on our facbook page and on Twitter to see what flavours we're making and what we'll be bringing to market...we just might mix it up again this weekend!! 

In the meantime, Happy Baking!!


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

'Tis the Season for Loooooooooove!

Summer is fast approaching and, as we all know (or at least I count down each day until it arrives!!!), with it comes WEDDING SEASON!!!! If I haven't said it before, I love, love, love this time of year. Yes, The Handsome Hunter and I had our wedding in June last year, and yes, I think that summer just oozes romance...but I love it for this simple reason: because you never know when, where, or what time of day you will happen upon a wedding. Especially in Edinburgh. Walking up the high street, it could be the middle of the week at 11:00am, and as you pass by the Registrar, you see a group of people gathered around billowing white silk. And you can just make out the promise of a kiss made for the first time, and you can see the faces of people wishing so badly that happiness finds those two people for the rest of their lives. I just can't get enough of those moments...maybe we'll just need to get married again!!! The point is I love doing wedding favours. Over the weekend I was working on some favours for a lovely couple, Eddie and Esther, who got married today!! They had their own cutters so I just baked and handed them over. But I made sure to have my own fun first...made up a few wedding favours to show you lovely people just what we can do here at Pinnies and Poppy Seeds. So, take a look and feel the love!!

Sweet Cardamom flowers and Lemon and Poppy Seed hearts

Our hand stamped tags can be personalised to say a number of different things (ok, no novels!). We can do initials, monograms, single letters, 'love', 'Mr. & Mrs' get the idea. Just ask and we will do our best to make it work! I'll be putting up some images of other stamps we do in the near keep posted for that.

And in the spirit of Wedding Season, make sure you tell someone today how special they are to you :)

Happy Baking!


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Easter Greetings!!

When I think of Easter I always think of bright, fun colours. Ok, I suppose 'bunny' comes to mind first, but then fun bright colours! It's the whole Spring has sprung thing...especially here in Edinburgh (save the freakish snow blizzard thing that happened today after last week's record high temps!) when the daffodils come out, the birds start singing, and the trees start blooming. I just love it. I love what it means, what it brings, and what it does to people!

So, we've been at the Stockbridge Market the last four weeks and it has been absolutely amazing! I feel so at home there and have met the most lovely people - customers and traders alike! Unfortunately, I won't be at the Stockbridge Market this weekend...weep! I'm helping out my good friend Nadia from Thinking Chocolate this weekend at Science on a Plate at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and I'm super excited about it! If you have some free time this weekend, do come along. Lots of great chefs and Nadia will be doing some fabulous lectures on chocolate!! If you're wondering how you can get your hands on some shortbread, have no fear. I've been baking up some Easter inspired shortbread for Nadia to have in her shop on London Road.

All Butter and Lemon and Poppy Seed, perfect for Spring! I've done sweet little chicks, bunnies and butterflies and can't wait to see how Nadia chocola-fies them! (I may have to secretly buy some after she gets through with 'em!)

So make sure you stop by and stock up for this weekend. These will make the perfect Easter treat for that special someone. And if you're looking for Granola and salted caramels, they'll be there too!! See, I'm always looking out for ya.

It's back to the kitchen for me to do some test baking...make sure you check back to see what I'm cookin' up. It may just pop up at the next market! Speaking of markets, you'll want to mark in your calendars that I'm back marketing after Easter. I'll be at Stockbridge Market on Sunday April lots of opportunities to stock up on shrotbread!!

Happy Baking!