Oat and raisin biscuits

Years ago, before blogging was a bloodsport, there was a little group of us from all over the world who entertained each other endlessly – me, Bec, Mary, Duyvken, Blackbird, Badger, Fish, Eleanor and more!

And then there was Joke. The impeccably well dressed, yes, even on the interweb, erudite Joke. The man who voluntarily lives where its 100+% humidity everyday and does things like caters a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner for about 1,000 people all by himself* in his backyard.

He gave me this recipe. It is fantastic. It can take many forms depending on the dried fruit and nuts you add. When I first made them the boys rejected them and I ate the whole batch. Hashtag proud.

When I made them this week I just had sultanas and dates in the cupboard so that was all that went it. They are still delicious. This time I’m onto making my third batch in two days because the boys like them now**.

Oat and raisin biscuits

*his minions two sons help

** of course they do.

Joe's oat and raisin biscuits
 
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Serves: about 18
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of a mix of fruit and nuts, any mix you like
  • ½ cup rum (or brandy) or ¾ cup water
  • 80g butter
  • 1¾ cups rolled oats
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ¼tsp baking powder
  • ¼tsp bicarb
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a biccie tray
  2. Combine the fruit and alcohol in a saucepan and simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed
  3. Melt the butter in a frypan, then turn the heat down, add the oats and cook, stirring fairly constantly, for five minutes
  4. Add the cinnamon, flour, baking and bicarb powders
  5. Whisk the brown sugar, egg and vanilla together
  6. Combine everything until it all comes together
  7. Place heaped tablespoons of mix on the tray, then press down slightly (they won't spread much)
  8. Back for 13 minutes.

 

Onward!

 

Tuesday morning

Apricot slice

A slice dense with apricot and coconut, delicious.

My admiration of Annabel Crabb is well established so I will not revisit it due to it bordering on embarrassing and inappropriate. But her first cookbook Special Delivery is fabulous. There are myriad recipes I have bookmarked but keep coming back time and time again to this apricot slice recipe. I’ve made it four times. FOUR.

Dense dense dense dried apricot goodness
Dense dense dense dried apricot goodness

Apricot slice
 
A wonderful cakey slice dense with dried apricots
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Ingredients
For the slice
  • 200g dried apricots, finely diced
  • 125 g butter, melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup milk
For the icing
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
For the cake
  1. Put the apricots in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to seep for 30 minutes and then drain well
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 20x30cm slice tin (I tend to make it in a 20cm square tin because I like the slice quite high)
  3. Mix together the sugar, coconut, flour and almonds
  4. Mix together the apricots and the butter
  5. Mix dry with wet and then add the milk to loosen it all up
  6. Pour into your tin and bake for 30 minutes or so (a bit longer if doing in the smaller tin option)
  7. Leave to cool then ice, although I've been known to ice it hot because I can.not.wait.any.longer
For the icing
  1. Add the lemon juice bit by bit until you get a relatively thin paste, drizzle over the slice.

 

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Apricot slice with lemon icing

Onward!

Blueberry Crumble Slice

So I finally recently bought Smitten Kitchen‘s cookbook which is as good as I had hoped. I have followed her blog for as long as I can remember and have never ever had a recipe of hers fail. In the cookbook is a version of this using cranberries for the festive season.

This slice is divine, plain and simple. A basic shortbread base that is also scattered over the top of the blueberries. I’ve made this with apple and rhubarb (that I’d stewed previously) and blackberries and every time it turns out a treat.

This is @smittenkitchen's blueberry crumble slice.
This is @smittenkitchen’s blueberry crumble slice.

Blueberry Crumble Slice
 
Blueberries encased in a shortbread biscuity base and top
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 225 g butter
  • 1 egg
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tsp cornflour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a 20x30cm pan
  2. Using a pastry cutter (or your fingers) blend the sugar, baking powder, plain flour, lemon zest with the butter
  3. Then add the egg
  4. Mix the juice, sugar and cornflour together in a bowl then toss through the blueberries
  5. Press half the dough into the baking tin
  6. Top with the blueberries
  7. Scatter over the remaining dough
  8. Bake for 45 - 60 minutes, until the top is nice and golden and the blueberries are bubbling.

 

onward!

Honey Pecan Cake

A wonderful light cake fragrant and sticky with honey and pecans

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Possibly one of the best cakes I've ever made. Quite something.
Possibly one of the best cakes I’ve ever made. Quite something.

Possibly the best cake I have ever made and I think my dedication to cake is well established.

For a few weeks I’ve had a hankering for a honey-scented cake, similar to my quest for a decent honey ice-cream, even though ice-cream and my stomach don’t see eye-to-eye.

Honey pecan cake.
Honey pecan cake.

Food52’s Baking book delivered. Honey AND pecans, we were onto a winner.

There are steps, there are bowls, just work with it.

The caramel pecan base
The caramel pecan base

Food52 uses a 23cm round springform pan with baking paper that comes up above the join but this sounded like a doomed plan to me so I used a 20cm square tin, which I lined with one piece of baking paper with no joins in it whatsoever (so the caramel can’t escape)

Honey Pecan Cake
 
A stunning combination of honey and pecans in a delicate cake
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Ingredients
For the topping
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup pecan halves
For the cake
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 110g butter
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C and line your prefered pan
For the topping
  1. Melt the butter with the honey then pour over the bottom of the pan
  2. Evenly spread the pecans over it
For the cake
  1. Blitz the pecans into a flour, add to the plain flour and set aside
  2. Whisk the eggwhites to stiff peaks and set aside
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until pale
  4. Then add the egg yolks, then the honey, vanilla and buttermilk
  5. Gently stir in the flours
  6. Gently fold through the egg whites and then spoon into the pan over the pecans
  7. Bake for 35-40mins
  8. Let it cool a little then flip onto a serving platter
  9. It'd be divine with ice-cream or cream. Or both.

 

Onward!

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