Monday 28 October 2013

Spicy Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Biscuits - made egg-free for Willow

What a great weekend. What's not to like about an extra day at home with the family. Last week was one of my busiest of the year, with the hosting of our Faculties great Fashion Show. I actually made these last weekend while we were at Mum and Dad's, but haven't had time to blog it before now.

It's a busy time of year at the farm; lambing is drawing to a close and they are just about to start tailing. A good time to top up the cake tins. I adapted a recipe from the newspaper, taking out the eggs and nuts so it's suitable for one of Little Miss 4's swimming buddies who has food allergies.

Spicy Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Biscuits

180g butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoon ground mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 180 deg. C. and line a couple of baking sheets.

Melt the butter, add the brown sugar and stir.
Add the baking soda to the warmed milk, and blend it into the butter and sugar mix. Add the vanilla.

Sift the flour and spices together into a large bowl.

Place the rolled oats into a large food processor and blend until finely ground. 

Add them to the flour with the chopped dried apricots and chocolate chips. 

Mix well and make a well in the centre. 

Add the butter mix and stir to combine. 

Put tablespoon lots onto the lined tray and flatten a little. 

Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Makes about 36 large biscuits.

I think you'll like them Willow. The exact quantity of chocolate is up to you!

Hope you've all had a lovely relaxing weekend. I've had a couple of great 'crafternoon' sessions, so keep an eye out for some new and crafty posts this week.

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