myWaitrose card gets you free coffee everyday? It's life-changing if you don't. I can't get over what a genius concept it is, I just want to give a standing ovation to the Waitrose marketing team. Coffee costs them nothing, but now you get people going in for their free coffee and buying all their groceries there. Since I'm here, might as well get my cleaning products, might as well get my 5-a-day's, mght as well get myself a jar of pink peppercorn that they've so nicely packaged up -- simply genius
So about these pink peppercorns: pink peppercorn actually belong to the cashew family but they're only called such because they resemble peppercorns have indeed have a peppery taste. They're actually the dried berries of the Brazilian pepper tree. They're lighter in flavor and much prettier. They're usually paired with seafood, but like I said, I've had them in a steak tartare and Bon Appetit has this intriguing pink peppercorn bacon recipe.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit
1 cup/2 sticks/226 g cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup/100g caster sugar
1/4 cup/ 31g icing sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cup/312 g flour
1 1/2 tsp pink peppercorns
Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
Put the cold butter in a bowl along with the two sugars and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (may take up to 10 min).
Turn the heat down to low and add the flour, salt, 1/4 tsp of pink peppercorn and mix until just combined.
Press the mixture into two 8" diameter cake tins, or in a large rectangle cake tin. Lightly crush the remaining pink peppercorn in a pestle and morter and sprinkle over the dough.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden. Cut into strips when cool.