Tuesday, 5 April 2016

It Feels Like Home

Away again at Fibre Arts, a week long extravanza of textile and art related classes. I have been coming for quite a few years and it is really starting to 'feel like coming home'. The event is held at Ballarat Grammar School, participants stay in the boarding houses, eat in the dining hall. There are traders, coffee vans, talks and presentations by each of the tutors. There is much hilarity and catching up with the 'textile art family'

Same room as last year, swapped beds and a different quilt. 

Sometimes it pays to bring a few supplies and tools so that you really do feel at home. I love my freshly squeezed juice each morning and always take a juicer with me.

This year I am doing a class with Bryony Rose Jennings. You can read about her here and on her facebook page

The whimsical animals and creatures are gorgeous - something for me aspire to.

I thought I would make some Anzacs to take away. I started melting the butter only to discover that I had no golden syrup. So a quick improvise with maple syrup and a new melt and mix cookie. These are so simple and the basic recipe can be adapted by adding choc chips, fruit, nuts, spices or any combination of things that can be mixed into the dough.

Maple Cookies

125 g butter
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoons maple extract ( use vanilla or water if preferred)
½ teaspoon bicarbonate soda
3/4 cup raw sugar / caster sugar

1 egg
2 1/2 cups flour

1 cup chocolate chips

Put butter, maple syrup and water in a large saucepan and put on low heat to melt.

Add sugar, maple extract, bicarb soda, and stir

Add egg and flour and choc chips if using.  Mix well. Allow mixture to cool

Roll mixture into small balls and place onto greased tray or use baking paper,
flattening slightly as you do this.  
Bake 160 deg C for approx 15 minutes or until golden brown. If you like the biscuits to be chewy rather than hard remove a little sooner.

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