Sunday, 29 June 2014

Biscuit Barrel June 14 Round Up

Mercurial June has come to a close so that means it's time for another round up. 

Despite the ever-changing weather the Biscuit Barrel has been well stocked with lots of goodies that us bakers have linked to summer. There may have even been a little defiance in there that the mixture of rain/sun/wind/cold/clouds will not take away the season from us!

First up are these Pistachio Macaroons with Rose and Raspberry Cream from Kate at the Gluten Free Alchemist. Crunchy Little biscuits filled with an indulgent mascarpone cream, the complementary flavours epitomise summer.

Sometimes the heat (when we get it!) of cummer calls for cooling flavours which this Chocolate and Mint Biscuit Slice from Ros at The More Than Occasional Baker would be perfect for. A good old crowd pleaser containing chocolate, crushed digestives and refreshing Mint Aero Bubbles, the most difficuolt part of this recipe is not eating all the molten mixture before it has set!

Kerene from the Dream Baker sends these Lemon Cranberry Scones and as a result of baking these freshly flavoured delights has been told not to bother with store bought scones again. No surprise really and as they are quick to make from pretty much store cupboard items, these will satisfy taste buds when it is too hot to traipse about the shops looking for ingredients.

My entry this month are these Strawberries and Champagne Boozy Butterfly Cupcakes. I wanted to make traditional butterfly cakes that little bit more special with a soaking of alcohol and my favourite strawberries are the best definition of summer for me. They are very moist and flavoursome from the alcohol so best not to drive for a while after eating one.

Elizabeth from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary tells how she went from enjoying Jane's Ginger Cookies every summer after sitting around a nightly campfire to baking them herself which easily compounded that they are in fact the best ginger cookies out there. I'm not surprised - those sugary crackled tops look ready for someone to dive into.

Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog made these Whisky and Walnut Cakes for a summer event - Father's Day. Well flavoured with a good rise and texture, these might seem like man cakes but I know for certain, with this flavour combination, I wouldn't be able to resist one of two myself.

Stuart from Cakeyboi never fails to be inventive and has proven his abilities once again with these Top Hats. I must confess that I hadn't heard of them before now and it is possibly a good thing because these brilliantly named marshmallow and chocolate treats would be disappearing before they had set if left around me. The Smartie on top is the finishing touch to these goodies which remind Stuart of his summertime birthday.

Kerene from the Dream Baker is back again with these White Lover's Cookies. Ideal for an afternoon tea component, if the name is unfamiliar to you they are a layer of white chocolate sandwiched between buttery biscuits with a beautiful golden colour and something than more than one person would keep reaching for. 

Alexandra from The Lass in the Apron rounds us off our summer entries now with the flavours of these Rose-Almond Petit Fours. Jam and buttercream layered in between a light almond rose flavoured sponge, these miniature bakes are sliced into squares with a neatness I will always be envious of. Alexandra also provides a tutorial to achieve that pretty little piped rose petal adorning each of these cakes. 

That's it for now and I hope you have been inspired to baked some summer themed treats of your own. Pop back in a couple of days to see the new Biscuit Barrel theme for July which I look forward to seeing your entries for. In the meantime, can I tempt you to 25% off tickets for the all new BBC Good Food Bakes and Cakes Show? It isn't until October but hurry because the special discount code over in this post here runs out at the end of tomorrow. I'll be going so I hope to see you there!

Pistachio Macaroons with Rose & Raspberry Cream
Pistachio Macaroons with Rose & Raspberry Cream


  1. Great round up Laura! Making me feel very summery indeed.

  2. Sweet, summery and delicious...... I want to dip my hand in that biscuit barrel right now!!!!

  3. ooh such lovely summery treats. Can't wait to see what the theme is for July.

    1. I hope it's one you'll be able to join in with!

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