Saturday, 20 August 2011

Honeyed oatmeal biscuits(or yummy flapjacks as i call them!!)

Honeyed oatmeal biscuits:
Makes about 24

Rachel’s quote:  ‘ These oatmeal biscuits couldn’t be faster to prepare, with everything simply melted then mixed together before being baked.  I have used Kerrygold Honey Spread to give them a delicious honey flavour.  I have used Kerrygold Honey Spread as a convenient cheat for adding both honey and butter.’

·   175g (6oz) Kerrygold Honey Spread
·   110g (4oz) caster sugar
·   250g (9oz) oats
·   1 tbsp golden syrup
·   1 tsp vanilla extract

1.       Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°f/Gas mark 4.
2.       Place a saucepan on a medium-low heat; add the Kerrygold Honey Spread, golden syrup and vanilla extract.  Melt and stir together, then stir in the caster sugar and oats and mix well.
3.       Spread onto a Swiss roll tin and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until golden.
4.       Cut in to squares while still warm, then place on a wire rack to cool.

What we think.
I will be totally honest here, i was really dubious about making these biscuits. My only memories of honey are my nan having vast amounts in her porridge and tea(yes honey in tea instead of sugar) and even the smell is completely unappealing to me.
But hey, i love a challenge, so upon being asked to try out some "honey" recipes from the new Rachel Allen community cookbook, using the new Kerrygold honey spread, i was more then willing to give it a go. There is a selection of recipes i will be sharing with you, some savoury, some sweet.
So this morning when Eva asked to make biscuits(nothing new there) i said ok we'll try these. I didn't think she would be overly impressed as her favourite part of making biscuits is the rolling and cutting shapes out of the dough.
But she proved me wrong, she loved making these.
She measured out the honey butter, golden syrup and vanilla essence into a bowl, and then i put a pan of water on to boil. While waiting for the water to heat up to melt the butter mix, we weighed out the oats and sugar. She then mixed them together while, i stirred the melting butter.
I then turned off the boiling water, and put the bowl on a towel. I told Eva to be very careful as the bowl was hot. She then spooned the dry mix into the wet mix and we mixed it together. She then spooned it into the greased baking tin and i put it into the preheated oven.

When cooking they smelled so strongly of honey, i was still convinced i wouldn't like them.
So after 30 minutes i took them out of the oven, cut into squares(i cut them into large squares, so didn't get 24, but then did cut them smaller) and put on a wire rack to cool.

Then came the taste test, i took a tiny nibble...Mmm that's ok, so a larger bite. YUM!!!!
They taste delicious. Jack on seeing me eating one was then round my ankles for a piece. And his verdict...a resounding yum. He gobbled it up, and i'm sure he would of had more if i'd let him.
It took us around 10-15 minutes to make these, but if you were making them alone, without a child helping it would take you less then 5.
Go on, give them a try, and let us know what you think.
Loren x

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