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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 11/05/13

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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MILLIONARAIRE'S SHORTBREAD!!

Millionaire's shortbread



Millionaire's shortbread




Again something for czokoholików and toffiholików :). Caramel Shortbread also called millionaires' shortbread is a traditional Scottish cake. Probably the common name comes from the rich (as in shortbread)taste . Cake has three delicious layers: a buttery shortbread, a fine, silky mass of toffee (caramel) and chocolate. Thus it can also taste like cake and candy bar. Toffee mass can be prepared in several ways. The two are very simple. Just cook, covered tin of sweetened condensed milk for about 2 - 3 hours. It should be all the time immersed in water (or can explode!). Faster and more convenient to buy the finished weight (product known as 'dulce de leche' - although the name may differ depending on the country). The upper layer of dough with butter chocolate. Make sure that you use good quality chocolate. The choice should be guided by its luster - a sign that had been prepared at the appropriate temperature for an appropriate time. In addition, should break with its characteristic "snap".
The cake is sweet, you have to like very sweet cake :). Top-prepared one day prior to, or at least some good hours. Ideal also cut (as opposed to banoffi). The recipe comes from the book "120 cakes" and slightly modified it (after reading this cake recipes on the Internet). I recommend you to try!



Ingredients for the fragile bottom:
  • 175 g of wheat flour
  • 125 g butter, diced
  • 50 g of crushed brown sugar (you can use granulated sugar)
Grease or baking parchment paper badge with dimensions of 19 x 29 cm. Sift the flour into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Add the butter and knead. Put into prepared pan and prick with a fork. Bake at 190 ° C for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Implementation of mass toffee two ways:
1) You can use the ready-made toffee masses in the can (dulce de leche) - I just did
2) cook for 2 - 3 hours a can of sweetened condensed milk covered
The weight of the can put the baked bottom (if solidified mass too - you can briefly warmed in the microwave).
Ingredients for the chocolate mass:
  • 170 g milk chocolate (I added a 30% bitter)
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons butter
Chocolate dissolved in water, gradually adding the butter. Icing should have a density such that it can be easily poured from the saucepan to the weight of caramel. If it is too thick, add butter, but careful not to overdo it. In this way the coating after cooling in the refrigerator will be smooth.
After pouring the last wastwy cake put in the fridge for a few hours.





Millionaire's shortbread

STARS MADE FROM RECYCLED DRINK CANS!!

Festive Stars made from Recycled Drinks Cans


I’m preparing for a couple of craft fairs (details coming soon) at the moment and decided to have a go at making some Festive decorations by recycling some drinks cans I’ve been collecting. I found this tutorial the other day and thought I could adapt it to me own needs. So here goes…

What you will need:

- Empty drinks cans
- Scissors
- Craft Knife
- Ball point pen or an embossing tool with a fine point
- Sharp pointy thing – not sure what the name of this tool is!
- Cutting mat
- Metal ruler
- Sticky tape
- Some thick card – I used a cereal box
- A pair of parallel pliers
- Fine sandpaper
- Spray paint and a large box
- Cotton Thread
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade

Step One

First you need to get a star shape printed onto paper or card and cut out. I used thisas a template and just scaled it to the size that I wanted, printed it onto paper and then transferred the shape onto an old cereal box and cut it out.

Step Two

Next you need to cut the tops and bottoms off your drinks can and give the insides a good clean – I used a craft knife to do this as well as scissors – be careful of sharp edges!

Step Three

Put a bit of sticky tape (rolled up) onto the back of your cardboard star and stick this to the silver side of your can and draw around it – I use my sharp pointy tool to do this but you could also do it with a fine permanent marker. You then need to carefully cut out the star. I always cut from the point towards the inside of the star – don’t try and turn your scissors whilst cutting as you will tear the metal.
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade

Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade

Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade

Step Four

Silver side up you now need to score lines into the star using either a ball point pen or an embossing tool. It’s best if your pen doesn’t actually work as if you transfer ink to the metal you will have to spend time cleaning it off. Use your ruler to keep your lines straight and press quite firmly.

Step Five

Turn the star over and go over all the small lines from the center to the edge. By doing this you’ll see the shape of the star become more three dimensional.

Step Six

Begin pinching the metal gently and work around the star until the shape is formed. You can reinforce the lines by laying them against the metal ruler and pressing down firmly. I also use my parallel pliers to make the points more distinct.
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade

Step Seven

Make a small hole in one of the points for the thread – I use my pointy tool for this – then sand the other side down as you’ll get sharp edges.
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade

Step Eight

If you’ve used a ball point pen with ink, you’ll them have to spend some time with hot water and soap cleaning off the ink from the underside of the star.
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade

Step Nine

Choose whether you want to keep the starts as they are or spray paint them. I decided to spray mine gold and red as I’ve got loads of cans of spray paint that were donated to me by a friend years ago and I’ve never had a reason to use them before. I just sprayed the tops of the stars. I arranged them inside a large box and took this out to the garden so as not to get overwhelmed by fumes. I left them to dry for several hours and then carefully sanded down the edges of the stars to give them a distressed look.
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade
Festive Stars made from Soda Cans - A Tutorial from Milomade

Step Ten

Attach your thread and then hang them up wherever you like. I think they’ll look great on a Christmas tree or hanging from a mantelpiece. I think this is a great way to turn rubbish into something really special.
If you don’t want to go to all this bother, then why not come and visit my stall at my craft fairs this year as I’ll be selling the ones that I have made this weekend. I’m still not sure whether to sell them as single decorations or as packs of three as I have no idea how to package them.