Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti

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Nothing says Italy like biscotti. These long, oval, crunchy, flavoured biscuits can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee, tea, or on their own. Biscotti, also known as cantuccini are twice baked biscuits that originated in the Italian city of Prato.

To make the cinnamon hazelnut biscotti take 3/4 cup butter, 1 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup hazelnuts.

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cookie sheet. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy and beat in the eggs and vanilla. Sift in flour cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and mix it into the egg mixture. Add the hazelnuts.

Next shape the dough into logs and place on the baking sheet and flatten to about a ½ inch. Bake for 30 minutes until the edges are brown and the centre is firm. Remove from the oven and when cool enough to handle, slice into long ovals. Return to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

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Make the best Pancakes in the World

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Whether you call them flap jacks, griddle cakes or by their more traditional name, pancakes are a simple light, fluffy, and tasty meal. Most popular at breakfast time, they can be enjoyed any time of day.

They can be served with maple syrup as well as with a variety of other toppings such as butter, sugar, bananas, strawberries, or blueberries and whipped cream.

The best thing about pancakes is that they are easy to make!

All you need are 1 egg, 3/4 cup milk, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 tablespoons white sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, and ¼ cup buttermilk, a pinch of salt, 1 cup flour, blueberries, and cooking spray.

Combine the baking powder, white sugar, flour, and salt in a bowl. Whisk the egg and add milk, and butter milk.

Pour the flour mixture into the egg mixture and whisk until the lumps are gone.

Heat a large skillet over a medium heat and coat skillet with cooking spray. Scoop ¼ cup of mixture into skillet and cook until bubbles appear. Flip pancakes with a spatula and cook until golden brown on either side.

Place pancake on a warm plate and top with blueberries and butter. Serve and enjoy! Pancakes can be enjoyed with cup of tea or coffee and orange juice.

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A festival that can be eaten

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When you hear the word festival you may think of a party or a celebration but did you know that a festival can also be eaten? In the Caribbean what people call festival is actually a small fried dumpling with an elongated shape made from cornmeal and flour.

Festival can be eaten alone or with fried fish or grilled or jerk chicken or pork and is a very popular food on the beaches of Jamaica where fried fish and festival is a dietary staple.

Festivals are very easy to make. All you need is two cups of flour, ½ cup of cornmeal, water, ¼ cup of sugar, a pinch of salt, one teaspoon of baking powder, and oil.

In a bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder together then slowly add water until the mixture is tender to touch but not too soft. Knead the mixture into a soft dough . Be careful not to knead too long or festival will be too crunchy. Cover the mixture and leave to sit on a counter for a few minutes until the dough rises slightly.

Place oil in a frying pan. When the oil is hot, break off small pieces of dough roll into long shapes and place in oil over a low flame. Fry until golden brown. The festival should be light. Serve when cool. Enjoy.

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