I experienced an uncanny craving for biscuits on Sunday – and it was incredibly easy to whip some up. In just an hour I managed to make four varieties, so our biscuit tins will be full for a few weeks!
Oat, Honey and Nut Crumbles
These have proved a big hit with my partner and I suspect they’ll become a lunchbox staple. I used wholemeal, but you can use plain or a mixture of both. If you like a springier biscuit – more like an American cookie – use self-raising flour or add a teaspoon of baking powder. And for extra chew, use a mixture of Demerara and Muscovado sugars. You can also experiment with additions like dried fuit, coconut, chocolate – whatever you like!
75g oats – I used jumbo oats for texture
50g chopped walnuts
75g brown sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp milk
Preheat your oven to 160C. Put the flour, oats, nuts and sugar into a mixing bowl. Next, melt the butter, honey and milk in a pan until heated through and fully combined. Stir the mixture into the dry ingredients until fully combined. Using a teaspoon, drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a lightly greased baking tray and flatten into a biscuit shape (round, square, triangular). Bake for 8-12 minutes (depending on the temperament of your oven) or until golden brown and leave to cool for five minutes before removing from the tray (otherwise they will burn your mouth and break to pieces!)
Chocolate, spice and peanut butter
I used BBC Good Food’s Basic Biscuit Dough Recipe as a starting point, with the following amendments:
#1 – I mixed the wet ingredients as described in the BBC recipe, and then divided them in half to make two separate mixes.
#2 For the spice biscuits I added 1 heaped teaspoon of mixed spice and 150g of whole wheat plain flour. I chilled the dough for 15 minutes, then divided it into little balls and pressed them into flat biscuit shapes. In my oven, they took 8 minutes at 160C.
#3 For the plain chocolate biscuits, I added 150g plain white flour and 2 tsp cocoa powder.
After chilling the dough, I divided it into small balls and pressed them down with my fingers before making indentations with a fork. These took about 8 mins to bake at 160C.
#4 For the peanut butter chocolate biscuits I took half the chocolate dough and pressed it into a rectangular shape about 6in long. I then spread it with peanut butter and rolled it into a sausage shape before cutting it into 1in slices.
Really enjoyed looking at your bakes, they are so wonderful! =)
Thanks for the kind words!
I love these sorts of biscuits. Just as well I’m out of temptation’s range.
Ah well, I won’t bring you any when I see you next week then! 😛 I rarely eat or bake biscuits, but yesterday I had a major craving for them and made LOADS. It will take us about a month to eat them if we each have one in our packed lunch every day, but they were so much fun to make.
A month? Your self-discipline…these are the sort of thing I can knock off in an evening. Two if I try really hard. Ummm. If you wish to bring us one each next week, I’d love to try them!
Sure. Which flavour?
The oat ones please.