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Celebrate Mother’s Day with a nostalgic look at the classic biscuit tin

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Take a trip down memory lane

Biscuit tins have been kept in households over many years. Hidden in cupboards or used for so many purposes other than a container for biscuits: buttons, shoe brushes, a hardware tin full of nails and drawing pins, old photographs….. Everyone has a story to tell. What is yours?

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Although vintage biscuit tins have been around for many years, new designs are making a comeback. They deserve a revival – not only are they a pretty container but they evoke a time and place in history. They represent the artwork of the time plus the advertising style of the historic biscuit companies such as Peak Freens and Huntley & Palmers.

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For Mother’s Day, seek out a vintage biscuit tin or buy a new pictorial design tin filled with delicious cookies. Check out www.chezroger.co.uk online for a selection of reasonably priced biscuit tins full of butter cookies.

maureen mothers dayFill your own vintage tin with handmade cookies; there are lots of easy-to-make recipes.

Lavender Heart Biscuits

lavender biscuits

Makes 15 (approximately)
Ingredients
100g good quality butter (slightly softened)
75g caster sugar
175g plain flour (sifted)
lemon zest from a small lemon
2 tsp dried lavender
2 drops vanilla essence

Method
• Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
• Place the butter, caster sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon, cream the butter and sugar together until the ingredients are light and fluffy. Add two drops of vanilla essence.
• Gradually add the sifted plain flour and dried lavender and continue to mix until the ingredients turn into a ball.
• Turn out onto a lightly floured board and roll out the dough to a medium thickness (about 1cm).
• Cut the dough into biscuit shapes with your choice of cutter. This is where you can have real fun with different shaped cutters!
• Place biscuits on parchment-lined baking tray and bake in a medium pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 10-12 minutes (keep an eye on the timings as the biscuits can overcook very easily)
Options – alternatively you can replace the dried lavender with grated chocolate or chocolate chips.

Line your biscuit tin with baking parchment and place cookies in a tin. Your choice of options for homemade biscuits and cookies are limitless: chocolate chip, lemon biscuits or for the more adventurous cooks a nostalgic recipe of jammie dodgers!

A thoughtful keepsake for Mother’s Day and a gift that stands the test of time.

 

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Foodie Lass

I am a passionate foodie with a background in advertising and more recently food author (with a range of successful health and nutrition books under my belt).

I spent several years living in Australia (experiencing food cultures from that part of the world) plus many food adventures in European countries.

My most recent food passion has been watching ‘Somebody feed Phil’ on Netflix!

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