With innuendos aplenty, a genoise sponge casually flung against the wall, upside down Jaffa Cakes and an eccentric lady (Val - bless her heart) who listens to her cakes to determine if they're done: the brand new series of The Great British Bake Off kicked off beautifully.
It's a show that has won over the hearts of the entire nation, myself included. I am so happy it's back on our screens and will no doubt be glued to my sofa every Wednesday evening for the foreseeable to witness the shenanigans unfold under the baking tent.
This week is biscuit week so in true spirit of the bake off, I thought I would make some biscuity creations of my own.
I'm no seasoned baker and biscuits are something I've only dabbled with in the past, so for this weeks bake I thought I'd keep it simple and rustle up one of my faves; oat and raisin cookies.
This simplistic and quick recipe produces around 8-10 large, wonderfully spiced cookies with a chewy, cakey texture (more like cookies you get from supermarket bakeries). They're absolutely perfect served with an ice-cold glass of milk.
YOU WILL NEED
- 50g margarine
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 egg
- 50g golden caster sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 50g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 80g rolled oats/porridge oats
- 50g raisins or sultanas
- Preheat your oven to 170c/gas mark 3 and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar and margarine until soft and then add the egg and honey. Mix until smooth.
- Add the cinnamon, baking powder, flour, oats and finally the raisins. Mix until a thick cookie dough batter is formed.
- Dollop heaped tablespoons of mixture onto the baking sheet flattening slightly, making sure to allow them plenty of room to spread when baking.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
- Remove from the oven and allow to sit on the baking tray for a few minutes. The cookies will still be quite soft to the touch.
- Transfer the cookies onto a wire rack to allow them to cool completely.
Told you it was easy.
What's your favourite type of biscuit? Will you be watching The GBBO tomorrow night?
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