Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Biscuit Barrel October 14 Round Up

October has been a very busy month for me, bringing the first round of stress of my final year so seeing all your recipes in the Biscuit Barrel has brought me comfort in more ways than one.
If I had been presented with each one of these entries in reality I would now be as fat as a pig. I present them all to you now to see if you would have been like me. Or are you slightly more restrained and havea favourite?!

Rebecca from BakeNQuilt finds pupkin cookies partiuclarly comforting and has made these Pumpkin Crinkles to demonstrate how much. Just look at how crinkly and sparkly they are with that dusting of sugar! Would they be better with tea or hot chocolate? Only one way to find out...

I got my entry in quickly this month with these Chocolate Chip Iced Latte Muffins. A soft moist muffin is a comfort food indeed, especially if you bit into one warm from the oven and a crunchy crumble topping a coffee glaze seals the deal.

Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog made this Oaty Ginger Chocolate Biscuits saying there is little more comforting that oaty ginger biscuits - a statement many people would agree with. The warmth of the ginger with the sweet chocolate pockets all wrapped up in chewy oaty goodness.

Kate, the Gluten Free Alchemist, promotes her Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes as perfert comforters to go with a good book or to enjoy nice and relaxed in front of the telly. Play cupcake bingo with these melty chocolate cakes made all the more decadent with a rich ganache topping - will you get a mini peanut butter cup or a Rolo?

Ros, the More Than Occasional Baker makes a heartfelt statement when she says chocolate muffins are the most comforting sort and when they contained crushed Oreos, like her Oreo Chocolate Chip Muffins, they are even more so. Perfect for sharing or simply to satisfy a desperate urge to bake soon after moving house, these muffins were enjoyed by all.

New but very welcome to the Biscuit Barrel is Kevin from The Crafty Larder with these After Dinner Mints which he feels are necessary to finish of a meal. Anybody would be hard pushed to argue with this on being presented with these perfectly formed beauties with the choice of chocolate coated or refreshingly unadorned. You could go for one a few of each....

Sometimes comfort comes inthe form of a link to childhood which Corina from Searching for spice shows with these Cake Balls. Not only for children, an afternoon spent baking a cake then getting stuck in mixing it with chocolate and rolling it into little balls is time well spent.

Ros has transformed Oreos into another great comfort food, this time with these Oreo Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies. Sinking your teeth into a gooey fudgy brownie cannot be beaten, and then there is the hit of peanut butter and crunch or broken biscuits to add to the delight.

Alida from My Little Italian Kitchen has made these Delicious Patisserie Chocolate Biscuits in a variety of shapes and a choice of decorations. They are beautifully shaped dainty treats to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee and friends and one of Alidas favourite sweet comforts.

Caroline from Caroline Makes favours the salty sweetness that peanut butter brings to baked goods, just like in these pleasingly large Peanut Butter Cookies, packed full of Reese's Pieces. Inspired by a film, Caroline might be making these again soon to use up some more Pieces. Be warned - even those who don't like peanut butter like these.

Ros questioned whether I would accept another muffin recipe this month but I hope she never has doubts like this again because the more the merrier, especially with examples like these Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip ones. We all know how lovely chocolate chip goodies are and then there is the lovely mosit texture from the bananas and the warming spices to bring commfort on these dark chilly nights of this time of year.

Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe has taken a classic to another level with these Vegan Choc Chip Cookies with Smoked Almonds and Cacao Nibs. Sweet and smokey, salty and wrinkly there is a flavour for everyone so that all present can safely agree chocolate chip cookies are always comforting - Johanna even thinks they are one of her best yet.

Janine from Cake of the Week made these White Chocolate Chip Biscuits to ease herself into soe much needed relaxation. There is a dash of whisky in these niccies too which adds a warmig background flavour which is welcome to compliment the sweet creaminess of the always comforting white chocolate. Yummy! 

Caroline from Caroline Makes entered a second bake this month, reiterating the pleasure of cookies with these Pumpkin Spice M&M Cookies. Soft and melting there is enough of a hint of pumpkin flavour to add to the overall cookie while the special Halloween themed M&Ms are hidden treasures throughout each helping. A dunker for sure. 

There is always something pleasurable and reassuring about traditions and Alexandra, The Lass in the Apron, describes one of here Thanksgiving traditions with these Cheddar Sage Biscuits, which here in the UK you might recognise as closely resembling a scone. Too good to be kept just for Thanksgiving, Alexandra usually ends up making these several times a year which is no surprise when there is a promise of the deep herby aroma of sage and tang of cheddar in the finsihed buttery biscuit.

That's it for another month. If you were under any stress at all ready this then hopefully you are now relieved of it and if not quite, then there is a good selection of treats for you to choose from and recreate in your kitchen. Though the choice might take some time! Thank you to all who have entered. Pop back soon for another challenge!


  1. Such a comforting selection of goodies! Thanks for indulging my muffin mania this month. Look forward to November's challenge.

  2. That's a biscuit barrel worth having! I'm afraid I have no more restraint than you and would just eat all of them and enjoy being 'as fat as a pig'....... until I looked in the mirror and then I would feel a wave of guilt and remorse and have to run up and down the stairs to convince myself I could off-load the indulgence..... until the next time!

  3. What a great selection! I especially like the look of those cheddar & sage biscuits for when it cools down a bit and soup season kicks off...

    1. Yes, they're particularly lovely. They'd make such a change from a crusty roll too.

  4. So many lovely looking things here. I am really tempted, especially by some of the muffins.

    1. Muffins are so quick and so adaptable don't you think? I reckon their ease of baking is part of their charm.

  5. Your biscuit barrel must be a very large one indeed Laura and overflowing all over your kitchen. Perhaps I could come and help you out? Lots of tasty things I'd like to try starting with the pumpkin crinkle cookies I think. Thanks for the round-up.

    1. Yes please! I always appreciate the help to clear out what I've filled my biscuit and cake tins with. It's an excuse to bake more then don't you think?!

  6. What a great collection of treats! In an ideal world I'd have them all in front of me so I could taste each one--they all sound great!


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