Homemade Jammie Dodgers

Soft, buttery shortbread sandwiched with homemade strawberry jam! A homemade version of the classic British snack, beloved by many – including the Eleventh Doctor! These are Britain’s answer to the Linzer Cookie

Homemade Jammie Dodgers by Giraffes Can Bake - Buttery shortbread cookies sandwiched with homemade Strawberry Jam. The classic British snack, beloved by the Eleventh Doctor. Britain's answer to the Linzer Cookie

There are a few things that Britain takes pride in, usually they are things most people might find odd – like our ability to queue for anything and everything, we take queuing etiquette very seriously. One thing we rightfully take pride in is our biscuits – nothing beats a British biscuit! From the tough cookie HobNob to the beloved Custard Cream, and everything in between – we love our biscuits! Of course, these are not to be confused with what American’s call biscuits, when a Brit says “biscuit” we mean a cookie. I’ve picked up many Americanisms over the last few years, having an American best friend will do that to a person,  and I’ll refer to lots of things as “cookies” – but the British classics? They will always be biscuits – a custard cream, a jammie dodger, a chocolate bourbon, a rich tea – always biscuits! 

Homemade Jammie Dodgers by Giraffes Can Bake - Buttery shortbread cookies sandwiched with homemade Strawberry Jam. The classic British snack, beloved by the Eleventh Doctor. Britain's answer to the Linzer Cookie

 

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Selma’s Spiced Orange and Honey Cake

A deliciously moist cake, sweetened with honey and bursting with delicious spiced orange flavours. Topped with blueberry greek yogurt. Contains no refined sugar

Spiced Honey and Orange Cake by Giraffes Can Bake - a delicious, moist cake, that is sweetened naturally and full of amazing spices and orange!

At the beginning of this month the blogging world lost a little of it’s brightness, Selma from Selma’s Table passed away and left a big hole in our world. She was not only a skilled chef and writer, but also a supportive and cherished friend to so many. I always looked forward to reading her blog and was so happy to see her comments pop up on my posts, always so encouraging and kind! I can’t imagine the loss that her son, her family and her friends are feeling at this time and my thoughts go out to them every day. I will always miss her presence in my blogging life and regret that I was never able to meet her in person, but her generous nature and spirit will always be present here. 

Selma was one of the most active and enthusiastic members of Fiesta Friday, so it was only right for her memory to be honored with a very special Fiesta Friday, one that will always be hers! Here we are sharing posts dedicated to this wonderful woman that touched so many of us. This is mine. 

Spiced Honey and Orange Cake by Giraffes Can Bake - a delicious, moist cake, that is sweetened naturally and full of amazing spices and orange!

 

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Peach Pie

A delicious pie filled with fresh, juicy peaches and ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Plus an easy, homemade buttery double crust. The perfect way to use your summer peaches

Homemade Peach Pie by Giraffes Can Bake - A delicious pie filled with fresh, juicy peaches and ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Plus an easy, homemade buttery double crust. The perfect way to use your summer peaches!

 

Happy Friday guys! It’s been a while since I posted a new recipe, I’m sorry about that – it’s just been a bit of a crazy couple weeks! But I came back with an awesome one for you, so I hope you’ll forgive me! I was at the market buying strawberries to make jam with and they had a big box of peaches for £1.50, so I had to buy them! All I had to do then was decide what to do with the peaches, and peach pie it was – great decision! This pie is amazing – it has juicy, flavourful peaches that just have the taste of summer in every bite, which are complimented beautifully by the warm cinnamon and caramelly brown sugar. I did a double crust using my absolute favourite pie crust recipe – it’s so easy to make, so buttery and absolutely delicious! Serve your warm slice of peach pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you’re in heaven!

Homemade Peach Pie by Giraffes Can Bake - A delicious pie filled with fresh, juicy peaches and ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Plus an easy, homemade buttery double crust. The perfect way to use your summer peaches!

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Peach and Raspberry Iced Tea

Cool, refreshing iced tea made with green tea and sweetened with a homemade peach and raspberry syrup, the perfect summer drink

Peach Raspberry Iced Tea by Giraffes Can Bake - refreshing iced tea made with green tea and sweetened with homemade peach and raspberry syrup, the perfect summer drink

 

I’m not a tea drinker, I just don’t like it – I know, I’m a terrible brit! Iced tea is a different story though, I believe the fact that it’s cold helps reduce some of the tannin which, in turn, makes it less bitter. This is my first time making my own iced tea and I’m definitely going to start making it more often, it’s so much better than the bottled stuff and you don’t get a lot of iced tea in restaurants here. Making it yourself is great because it means you control how sweet it is and you can get creative with flavours! Plus, it’s so easy to make, what’s not to love!

Peach Raspberry Iced Tea by Giraffes Can Bake - refreshing iced tea made with green tea and sweetened with homemade peach and raspberry syrup, the perfect summer drink

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Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes

Moist, tart lemon cupcakes filled with smooth lemon curd and covered in Lemon Raspberry Swirl Buttercream Frosting. You will love these Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes!

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Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes by Giraffes Can Bake - Moist and tart lemon cupcakes filled with smooth lemon curd and topped with Lemon Raspberry Swirl Buttercream Frosting

I started my last post talking about how time seems to slip me by and it looks like I’m starting this one off the same way, at least I’m consistent! This post almost didn’t happen, because I did not realise how late into the week we are – it’s Friday apparently?! Did everybody realise this?! Has somebody alerted the PM? (On second thoughts don’t, he’ll probably impose a time tax) It’s actually currently Thursday as I write this, 11:30pm on Thursday – oops! I’ve been baking all evening in the kitchen (where else would you be baking, Michelle?!) and I finally sat down, ready to catch up on some blog reading before I go to bed when it hit me that tomorrow (now today) would be Friday and I hadn’t even started on a post! Luckily I had at least edited the photos, so it’s just the actual writing I have to do. Please tell me I’m not the only one who finds themselves this unorganised on a frequent basis? Lie to me if you have to! 

Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes by Giraffes Can Bake - Moist and tart lemon cupcakes filled with smooth lemon curd and topped with Lemon Raspberry Swirl Buttercream Frosting

 

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