I consulted Pinterest and of course there is a myriad of advice to follow, here are a few
this one from Mum in the mad house
this one from design Megillah
this one from the spotted Hare
and this one from thinly spread
The advice seems to vary so I will add my own experience into the mix.
I was aiming for a slice of about 1 cm but unfortunately what I did was a bit inconsistent, room for improvement on another batch. I blotted them on kitchen paper to help take some of the moisture out before putting them on cooling racks on top of baking trays.
I baked them at less than gas mark 1 ( approx 225f or 110c) for just under 3 hours some of them have gone a little bit over, so try and keep a closer eye on things towards the end.
It was cold enough for me to light a fire in the log burner last night so I popped them on the top when I went to bed so they could get the benefit of the last of of the warmth, I will leave them out around the house for a few more days so they can continue to dry out, I am probably being overly cautious in doing this but am still scarred by the previous mouldy batch!
I have a number of uses in mind for them, although not all my come to fruition
- Hung on the tree as they are
- Add to the pine cone firelighters
- On a wreath
- On gifts wrapped in brown paper
- In my table centre piece
At the end of Christmas when everything gets tidied away I will pop them on the fire to make the house smell lovely.
Make 22 done with 28 remaining in my 50 makes for Christmas challenge.
Has it been cold enough for you to put your heating on or light a fire? we seem to be having OK days but chilly nights.