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Due to some personal problems which are having me under some stress i haven´t felt like writing much, nor writing nor reading which i enjoy a lot, just troubles on my mind. But i found the time to make ginger cookies, some good ginger cookies!!! Even mini cookies for our hamsters as they also love them. Someone in the comments said she´d never tried ginger cookies, and of course i told her to give it a try as they are worth it. Of course it can depend on the ingredients you use, the recipe you have… it can change so much from one to another………………………………………………………………………..———————–

i remember i wanted to try a gingercookie which was soft, ( the cookies i make are crusty ) and i choose one with molasses. Well, the thing is that the time i was mixing the cookie i already realised the dough smelt bad bad arghhhh…. how was that possibly??? Normally the mixing of the ingredients smell so delicious! Especially when they include spices such as ginger, cinnamon mmm. I had a look and i saw the guilty thing::: molasses!!! Here in Spain is difficult to find molasses, so when i saw these ones at the supermarket i thought; ohhhh here they are!!! and bought them.. to my surprise they didn´t smell very good but nothing to imagine it would alter the result of the cookies… it did.

I wonder which are the famous molasses they use in America. Please let me know. This one i bought is made from brown sugar, of course it wears a kind of acid additive which i think might be what causes the not so good smell. I bought at the natural food parsley molasses and they taste much better. Haven´t tried them with cookies yet. I would really appreciate if someone could get me informed about the molasses stuff.

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Okay enough of that, here i am gonna post the recipe for the ginger cookies, give it a try and let me know if you like them, don´t taste them when still hot, i think they taste better when they´ve already cooled,or the day after they´re done.

Ginger cookies: 500 grams flour, 200 gr sugar, ½ teasp. Salt, ½ baking soda, 2 teasp. Cinnamon, 1 teasp. Ginger, a pinch clove, 1 tablesp and half honey, 2 eggs, 150 gr butter.

Mix dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients in the order they appear and let them rest for 2 hours in the fridge.

Bake them about 10-15 minuts about 200 ºC.

I used half of the ingredients and i got about 35 cookies…. + many mini cookies for our hamsters!!!! Oh and i don´t include the 2 gingergirls that got burnt :(!

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Please take care so that the cookies do not get burnt, as they should be pretty thin, since taste is much better. i always make the first bunch of cookies wider ( i don´t realise they should be thinner ) and then correct it, you will appreciate the difference in the pictures. I use a rolling pan for getting the thin texture.

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This time the cookies weren´t as delicious and addictive as other times!!! i got so surprised! but come to think about it, and i know why is that. we went to one of those big supermarkets and i bought a big ginger package, since i use a lot of ginger. i saw the color was a bit different, but i never thought it would change so much the final result!! again… with these things i realise how important it is to use good quality products. The ginger i bought is supposed to be ginger, but though i added an extra teaspoon since we love the flavour, you can´t hardly appreciate it!. I don´t know what the hell they´re doing with food. I will use this for fish or meat dishes, but not for cookies!! :(

The truth is that since here in Spain it is impossible to get gingerbread molds, i decided to make some with ceramic stuff, and we went to the shop to look for the materials to do it. How are we gonna make the ceramic cookie cutters??? No idea, but i asked my bf to go with me to the shop and see if i could get any idea. At the same time, I was also looking on ebay. I saw a cute gingerbread family set. Wow! It was really cool, a green plastic set of 4 gingerbread molds. So i bid on it and went to sleep, ( there were 2 hours left for the auction to end ). It was about 1 am and i was pretty sure the molds would be mine… But the following morning… surprise!!! Someone outbid me! I was so dissapointed… and more …. so annoyed!!! The thing is that I lost the gingerbread molds, i was looking for more but the other ones i liked didn´t ship to my country. .. L… ……

And 2 or 3 days later… surprise!!!The same molds with the only difference that they were metallic, so i bought them and… they´re already here! Something as usual in other countries here it is impossible to find, so i´m so glad J … In the end i don´t have a gingerbread mold but 4!!! The whole family. ¡!!. I got them the same day i got the new hk stamps, and they´re still unopened in the package.AT LAST I HAVE GINGERBREAD MOLDS YEAHHH WOOOOOHOOO SO SO GLAD…now what!!!???? Now they´re asking for my fave cookies GINGER COOKIES!!!

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Fresh from the mail I´ve got new stamps!!! Let´s celebrate the HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Oh my God look what they´re selling in a shop next to my house!!! A ‘happy toaster’. J. I don´t have any toaster so ….. it´s the perfect excuse for one! ( i wonder what´s gonna think my boyfriend about it )… but see the cute paintings on the toasts!!!

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        I have the HK Sandwich Maker, the only bad thing is that i can´t use it since the american electric system is not the same that here, so… i must say it´s a very important decorating element in my kitchen, It gives a cheerful atmosphere. As i say, she´s the queen of my kitchen!!!

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And look who´s next to the toaster in the catalog!!! Mr. Sponge Bob Squarepants!!

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 Yes! I love the cartoons!! Their sense of humour is pretty hard to find. Some episodes are more childish, but others are Laugh out Loud!  And, as a matter of fact, he´s also in my house! He´s decorating our living-room. I have a Bob ‘plush’ who talks, he says things like ‘ i love to sing!!!’, ‘ you´re my best friend’, he makes strange noises, he even sneezes J!! My sister loves it, and my bf´s sister loved it too when she saw it ( she said we could have bought her one hee hee ), and none of them are kids

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SCOT BAPS

175 ml (6 fl. oz) warm milk, but not too much cause it would kill the yeast!! mine is between 26º-30º
175 ml (6 fl. oz) water
2 tsp dried yeast or 25 gr. fresh yeast
1 tsp granulated sugar
500 g (1 lb) strong white flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tblsp milk, to glaze

  1. Combine the milk and water in a liquid measuring jug. Sprinkle the yeast into 100 ml (3 1/2 fl oz) of the milk and water mixture in a separate bowl.
  2. Mix the flour and salt + sugar together in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeasted milk and the rest of liquids bit by bit, mixing the flour.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  4. Put the dough in a clean bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave to rise until doubled, about an hour.
  5. Knock back and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide into 8 pieces, and shape each piece into a flat oval, about 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick. Place on a floured baking tray. Brush with milk and sift over some flour.
  6. Leave to prove, uncovered, until doubled in size, about 30-35 minutes.
  7. Again sift more flour over each bap. Use your thumb to make an impression in the centre of the baps, about 1/2 inch deep.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until risen and pale golden. I preheat the oven about 220º but it depends on your oven, mine for example has not many power so it always takes more to bake, esp. breads. I leave my bread 5 or 10 minutes and then i change the temperature to 200º.

Cover with a tea towel and leave on wire rack to cool.

Some advice: the day before i made these baps they were not so tender so after eating another delicious bap i put them in the freeze, they can be frozen perfectly. I have tasted them after defrosting and it´s curious but they tasted even more delicious!.

Also, if you´re new at making bread try this one, it won´t dissapoint you, i think you have many possibilities to succeed with this. When i think of all the failures i´ve had with breads!!! But I like it so much i just have to keep on trying. Getting bread from some flour and water is like a kinda miracle to me, i think there´s so much magic in it!! So as this one is not a big loaf but smaller buns, i think it´s easier. Keep on trying!!

stamp1.jpgOhhhhhhhhh these days i´m so glad with my new stamps! Stamping them all over my notes and papers. I think any Sanrio fan would love them so  I scanned them for all fans to see.             Stamps are one of my passions. I´m not a kid, not anymore  ;(  ( I loved being a kid),  but everytime I see a kewl set of stamps it brings a big smile to my face… i used to penpal a lot, now i only keep two penpals, one from my country and another one from Holland. So i don´t deco my letters as i used to do when i was a teenage, with loatsa glitter + stamps+ colours, i keep on decorating them a lil bit cause i love it,  i love stamping and give  mail some colour! And my friend says she enjoys a lot my decorated letters!

             Among my sets of stamps one of my fave is this kero kero set…. sooooooo funny!!! Kero kero rules!

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And then I have this Purin set which also includes my adored lil´Muffin:

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A set of Badtz Maru to play again, especially with mail stuff……

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STAMPS+STAMPS+STAMPS

 All my sets of stamps are from abroad. Here in Spain it´s very hard to find Sanrio stuff, which is really a shame. For what I know there are  only two Sanrio shops in Madrid ( impossible for me to get there, it´s too faraway from my place ), and in Barcelona there are two ‘Hello Kitty’ shops, but they have so few on other characters. One can occasionally find some stamp, like those 2 i enclose the pic in another post, but i´ve never seen anything on Kuririn, Purin, Monkichi etc. Oh please we want more Sanrio shops!!! 

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 Our lil hamster boy Pitus is very happy cause he´s heard our blog has been featured as the blog of this week, so we´re all very glad! So does our hamster girl B. who finally agreed to appear in a picture ( she´s very shy ).

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Two days ago i got a wonderful surprise when i got home!
it was a small package from Hong Kong, and it included a tiny set of stapms.
the starring is Mashumaromitaina Fuwafuwanyanko, what a name!! i only knew when i saw the stamps on ebay i  had to have them! they´re really amazing, they look like real stamps for your letters, even my boyfriend liked them :)!.
i couldn´t find many info on the cartoon, mostly cause it´s in japanese!!! will try to find out later. But thanx to another blogger i could find some info on him. IT´s a sweet cat who´s mad for hot chocolate!!!! (just like me).

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If there´s something i can´t stand is: surfing through food blogs and not finding the recipe along with the pictures … so i´m gonna stop being that lazy and i´ll start with the muffins recipe. Next will be the orange cookies :) ! recipe for sourdough english muffins:110 grams sourdough, 160 gr. all purpose flour, 100 gr whole wheat flour, 276 gr milk
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… mix everything and let it rest 8 hours or overninght.and the next morning:

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add 75 gr flour, 3/4 teasp..salt, 1 teasp. baking soda, 1teasp. and 1/2 honey and mix with the other dough, about 7 or 8 min.,
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be carefull cause it´s so sticky, and opposite to what i read it never stops asking for more flour, maybe there´s something i´m doing wrong, anyway i´m kinda used to it,
the dough is like a lil´monster asking for more and more flour… add only a lil´and keep on kneading… let it rest about 1:30 minutes, make about 8 or 9 balls and give them a muffin shape, i do it with my hands, ( i have to try the method of rolling the whole dough into a large sheet and cutting the muffins with some cutter, glass or something so that they are perfectly round. My next muffins will be made this way), do some marks with the fork and put in the pan about 4 minutes each side.

recipe for the orange kitty cookies: zest of 2 oranges, juice of 1 orange (135ml) (this is my adapted version with the exact amounts so that you don´t fail!), same amount olive oil (135ml), same of sugar ( 135g.), 1 tablespoon milk, 2 egg yolks, 10gr. baking powder, 400gr. flour+3 tablesp., some vanilla extract if you have

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- mix orange juice+oil+yolks+sugar.

-mix flour+baking powder and add the liquids mix, you will see it has an oily texture.

-let it rest on the fridge for a while, i like to leave it about 2 hours.

-give the cookies the shape you like the most and cook on a hot oven, 180-190º about 15 minutes.

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AMAZINGLY the recipe lead me to a product i didn´t know the existence of:

ORANGE TREE by SANRIO

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