29 May 2013

Border Biscuits – Strawberry and Cream Shortbread (Local shop, Yorkshire) [By @SpectreUK]

The “Deliciously Different” range were produced by Nicola Hainie at Border Biscuits and with the promise on the box of being “meltingly moreish” I just couldn’t resist but try them. The 175g box contained 10 biscuits or slices of rounded shortbread per box. The box had a very smart transparent punnet design where you could see all the biscuits racked up and ready for eating, which made them all the more tantalising. These biscuits were made with strawberry pieces and diary cream. There were 85 calories per biscuit, which were 18g in weight, with 3.8g of sugar and 4.7g of fat. Suitable for vegetarians, these biscuits contained, wheat, gluten, cow’s milk, and soya, and were baked in an environment that processed nuts, egg and sesame seed products. Other ingredients included; butter (30%), sugar, vegetable oil (palm and rapeseed), cream powder (1%), cornflour, salt, cream (1%), and flavouring.

A strong and beautiful summery smell of strawberries and cream engulfed the room as I opened the box. I instantly wished everything everywhere always smelt this good. They could pump this aroma out into every street in England, especially throughout the dark grey of wintertime where dowdy frozen windswept faces would sniff the air and smile once more with glee. “Melthingly moreish” was definitely a phrase that sprang to my mind when I first took a bite. These shortbread biscuits melted like creamy delight in my mouth, with some added crunch from the strawberry pieces. The strawberry and creamy flavour mixed perfectly with the buttery shortbread taste. These biscuits reminded me of the height of the growing season, they simply taste of summer, where everything tastes so fresh and full of love and life. Hot summer days and long summer nights, ducking through the showers, to languish in the gorgeous green garden of England. Sitting on a cushioned garden seat as the sun pokes through the clouds with a pot of Afternoon Tea by my side, munching some favourite shortbread, whilst reading a favourite book, and listening to some Elgar from a radio in the background. Perfection.
By Spectre

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