Otherwise, I might feel the pressure to bring the dog for a walk. I know, the pressure, right?
This was my thought process up to an hour ago when I suddenly felt a craving for something sweet. Usually when this happens, I might make a cake or even cupcakes but today I don't have the energy for the effort involved in either.
So, what to do? Instead of reconciling myself to the idea of a sugar-free afternoon (heaven forbid!), I remembered the biscotti we had made in last week's cookery class. I've been attending a weekly class with local chef Mark Murphy and last week one of the things we made was lemon posset served with hazelnut biscotti.
Since then, I've been wondering about how the recipe could be adapted and that's what I tried doing this afternoon. I followed Mark's basic recipe and divided it in two. To one half, I added flaked almonds and lemon and to the other, I added chocolate chips, orange zest and some freshly-squeezed orange juice. 30 mins and a freshly-brewed pot of tea later, I sat down to this:
Here's how I made them (and a huge thanks to Mark for the original recipe)
60g unsalted butter at room temperature
250g golden caster sugar (use ordinary if that's all you've got but the golden variety has more depth of flavour)
50g flaked almonds
1 lemon - I used the zest of the entire thing and the juice of half
1 medium sized orange - the zest of the entire thing and the juice of half
75g chocolate chips
Alternatively, you could play it simple as I did and have it with a cup of tea as you read the Sunday papers. Bliss!