Friday, 8 March 2013

Mum's Crunchy Oaty Biscuits.

When I was growing up these were my absolute favourite thing to find upon the kitchen counter. They are oaty, crumbly and soft in the inside and oh-so-easy to make. They're also egg-free and dairy-free (minus the chocolate) and so great for people with allergies, vegans, or if you're anything like me just want to make something sweet and realise you have no eggs.

So here's the recipe...

6oz margarine
1tsp golden syrup
4oz sugar
5oz self raising flour
4oz oats
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1tbsp boiling water

  • Grease and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to 160C.
  • Melt the margarine and syrup together in a saucepan over a low heat. 
  • Stir in the sugar, flour and oats.
  • Mix together the bicarb and boiling water in a bowl and stir into the mixture. 
  • Place tablespoons of the mixture on to the baking tray, well spaced apart. You should only fit around 6 spoonfuls on a baking tray because otherwise the biscuits will morph into one massive biscuit. (although then you won't have to share it ;) )
  • Bake at 160C for around 15mins, until lightly browned, but still soft. They will harden as they cool down. 
  • When they are cool, melt some chocolate of your choosing and drizzle carefully over the biscuits. 
You could also try adding some dried cranberries, cherries, cinnamon or anything you fancy. I'm particularly keen to try adding stem ginger and dipping them in dark chocolate.

Be warned, it is very difficult to 'just have one or two' of these biscuits. It's such a simple recipe to make but so scrummy. Do you have a favourite treat that reminds you of your childhood? 

Emily Kate.

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