35 Before 35: Baking – Spiced Oat Cookies

I mentioned in my latest photo an hour post that I had been baking healthy biscuits (cookies), partly because I was intrigued by the idea of making biscuits with apple sauce to replace the sugar and partly because I’ve only baked 4 out of 10 types of biscuits for my 35 before 35 challenge so far! The recipe in question was a BBC Food one by Anthony Worrall Thompson, which you can currently find here (until the BBC takes it down…)

Supposedly each biscuit has 82 calories, although I used butter rather than his “baking spread” (which is later referred to as plain old “margarine” in the actual method!), so I’m not sure whether that makes a difference. Plus I used wholemeal spelt flour rather than normal wholemeal flour because that’s all Aldi had. Also, I doubled the recipe because 12 didn’t seem like very many biscuits. This was my first batch:

Not meatballs, honest!
Not meatballs, honest!

As you can see, there are 15 on that tray. The second tray then contained 20 (I placed them closer together because I couldn’t be bothered with a third batch – turns out that wasn’t a problem as they barely spread anyway!).

I flattened them “slightly” just like Anthony said (the photo above is pre-flattening) and the end result came out like this:

(Yeah, my food photography skills are non-existent.) NOT very biscuit/cookie like! Next time I’ll just squish ’em properly flat before putting them in the oven!

The end result was not as spicy as they smelled – although after a few days in an air-tight container the spice has come out much more – and more savoury than sweet. You don’t notice the apple sauce at all! Also, they’re not particularly hard/crunchy. The texture is actually almost cake like (think Yorkshire Parkin without the stickiness). They’re still surprisingly moreish though – I had to put them away on Saturday to stop us eating them all before dinner!

I probably will make them again, but next time I plan to add some nuts, seeds and dried fruit and call them “muesli biscuits”. Then count that as one more towards the challenge because that will be a totally different biscuit, right?

Also, in the process of making these, I discovered that mixed spice is not a thing in Switzerland, then when I tried to make my own I discovered that Allspice is not a thing either (or rather the only kind I could get was some gourmet version that cost about 15 francs… for Allspice! What the hell?!)

So, that’s half of my types of biscuits baked. Woo hoo! Next up will presumably be something Christmassy unless I try out my muesli biscuit idea before then… watch this space.

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35 Before 35: Baking – Honey Gingerbread Biscuits

I mentioned that one of the bee-themed gifts that I got for my birthday was honey. Combined with what I already had in my kitchen cupboards, that meant I was left with a lot of honey, so yesterday I decided to find a recipe and try to use some of it up. I chose these Honey Gingerbread Biscuits, mainly because I had all the ingredients (there’s no going shopping on a Sunday in Germany!).

Biscuits in the oven
Biscuits in the oven

I had no ground cloves, so instead I used extra cinnamon and nutmeg. I also added quite a bit of extra ginger because I find recipes never use enough for my tastes.

Biscuits 2

While they were baking, my kitchen smelled like Christmas!
I actually left the first batch in for too long… you may notice that some of the biscuits on the above picture are slightly darker looking… but they weren’t actually burnt and they still tasted okay.

Biscuits 3

The biscuits that I hadn’t overcooked had just the right amount of crispiness, but the honey made them slightly chewy in the middle and the spices gave them a nice kick that took the edge off the sweetness. I’ll probably make these again… and try not to get distracted when it’s time to take them out of the oven!

Two biscuit recipes down, eight more to go!