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Gentle Folk’s Bread

I’ve been in the mood for some old fashioned baking. Especially since my attempts at making any salty dishes have lately failed miserably! Luckily this recipe succeeded beyond my expectations; I wouldn’t have thought such simple biscuits could taste so good.

2 women 2 cats -- Gentle Folk's Bread

The recipe is an old one, and like the name suggests, it was a treat to eat with coffee for the finer folk. The ingredients themselves are really simple, as is the recipe itself. I made the jam myself, but you can use a store bought one as well. Traditionally the biscuits are with raspberry or apple jam, but I made these with strawberry-basil.

If you want to make the jam yourself, it should be made first so it can cool down while you make the biscuits. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the recipe.

Gentle Folk’s Bread


200 g butter
95 g sugar
220 g plain white flour
80 g potato starch
2 tsp vanilla sugar

Jam of your choice

Sugar for garnish

The butter should be semi-soft, so you should take it out of the fridge an hour before you start making the biscuits.

Mix the butter and sugars in a bowl with the dough hooks of the mixer. You don’t need to make it foamy  since these will be shortbread type of cookies. Mix the flour and the potato starch together and sieve it into the butter-sugar mixture. Whisk the dough quickly with the dough hooked mixer – do not knead it, or otherwise the cookies will be firm and not soft and crumbly.

Let the dough rest in the fridge for an hour or so.

Preheat the oven to 175°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Roll the dough out to about half a centimeter thickness. Use a bit of flour if necessary. Cut the biscuits with a round (4 cm or smaller, depending on your preferences) cutter and bake for around 7 minutes or until lightly coloured. Let the biscuits cool down.

Spread some jam on half of the biscuits and sandwich together with the remaining ones. Roll them carefully in some sugar.

2 women 2 cats -- Gentle Folk's Bread

Strawberry and basil jam

140 g gelling sugar (or pectin with 140 g of sugar)
300 g strawberries
1 leaf of basil

If you’re using fresh strawberries, crush them in a large bowl until they’re mash.

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, mix together the strawberries, sugar and basil.  Stir them on low heat until the sugar has dissolved, then increase the heat until the mixture boils. If you want the jam to be clearer in colour, take the foam off with a spoon.

Stir the jam often and let it boil for 20 minutes. Take the jam off the heat and puree it with a hand blender.

If you want to get rid of the strawberry seeds, pass it through a fine sieve and let it cool down.

If there is jam left after filling the biscuits you can put it in a jar in the fridge. It will stay good for a while.


2 women 2 cats -- Kookos and Flowers

Fast Breakfast Buns

I was looking forward to a nice spring weekend but this is what I saw when I woke up in the morning. We already had such nice weather with flowers starting to bloom. Now we’re expecting 10 cm of snow.

2women2cats: Sunday Morning - Fast Breakfast Buns

Time for some comfort breakfast! These buns don’t take much time and most importantly: they don’t leave a huge mess in the kitchen. Nothing worse than having to clean up the whole place at 8 in the morning.

Ingredients (makes 8 buns)

500 g flour (I used normal white flour)
300 ml lukewarm water
1 package of dry yeast
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp salt

seeds for the topping

Line a tray with parchment paper.

Mix the honey with the yeast and mix into the lukewarm water. Add it with the salt to the flour and make a dough. It should not be sticky once everything is mixed well. Cut the dough into 8 pieces, roll out buns and let them sit on the tray for 30 minutes. If you want to you can cut a cross into the top before you let them rest. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

2women2cats: Fast Breakfast Buns

Brush the buns with milk and sprinkle sesame, sunflower or pumpkin seeds on top. Bake them for around 20-25 minutes.

2women2cats: Fast Breakfast Buns

2women2cats: Fast Breakfast Buns

Enjoy sweet or salty. We still had some self made marmalade and onion jam. 


2women2cats: Fast Breakfast Buns

2women2cats: Fast Breakfast Buns

2women2cats: Fast Breakfast Buns