Where oh where have my beloved hills gone?? This was my view from the Attic window this morning, I think you might call it a snowy-white-out. To be truthful, I am so over the snow thing this winter, I'm hankering too badly for Spring to be overjoyed by snowfall. But as today is Sunday and a day of no plans, it's been pretty ok to sit inside, warm and cosy and watch it fall.
The Little People were out playing in it before breakfast this morning :: piling it up, slinging it around, slipsliding about in it. Me :: I chose to sit in the windowseat in the attic and read Country Living magazine (been trying to find my Perfect Moment for it all week without success, but this morning I found it. And it was Oh-So-Good).
I've been baking this morning too. I love Sunday baking, even more so on a bitterly cold, snowy day like today. I suddenly had this real urge just after breakfast to make cookies, and they had to be Oaty Cookies for some reason. Don't ask me why, but that was how it was. So after a quick little jaunt through various oaty cookie recipes on the www I came across this one and decided to give it a try. It's a simple recipe, and the results are top notch. Very mmmmm mmmmm mmmmmm indeed.
Into a microwavable bowl, put the following ::
100g margerine or butter
50g soft brown sugar
2tbs (40g) runny honey
Pop into the microwave for about 1 minute or so until the ingredients are gently melted. Give a good stir to combine.
Now add the following ::
100g self raising flour
50g dried fruit (raisins in this case, or I think chopped apricots would work well)
I also added 1tbs sunflower seeds, cos by default these cookies then become Wholesome, and I'm all for the Wholesome Option (eh-hem, ok, not strictly true I admit, but it sounds good)
Mix well. The mixture will be quite wet and sticky.
Put heaped desertspoons of the mixture onto a baking tray (I managed 16 in total), spreading well apart. Flatten slightly with a fork, but don't go overboard with the flattening.
Bake in a moderate oven 180/350/gas 4 for 12-15mins until they are very lightly golden. You'll need to know your oven :: cookies baked in my oven are generally done at 12 minutes, after that they overcook on the bottom.
Out of the oven they come and ooooooh they do smell lovely. They do look Wholesome too, wouldn't you say?
The Little People road test them immediately whilst they are still warm and give them a most definite thumbs up.
I make myself a coffee to accompany my tester-cookie and mmmmmmmmmmm they do indeed taste deeeeeeeeeeeeelicious.
In fact, I am about to go to the red spotty tin and have myself another.
You know, just to be sure they are good enough for you.
Wouldn't want to give you a duff recipe now would I?
edited to add :: a lovely reader called Lisa left a comment on this post and recommended a recipe for homemade hobnob biscuits...having just made a batch and road testing a few (not saying how many, thats for me to know), I can tell you that they are Good. ExTREMEly Good in fact. The link to the recipe is here. Right, off to google ANZAC biscuits now. No idea why I'm obsessing about oat biscuits?!