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
 
Author:
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!

 

Oat and raisin biscuits

I am indebted to my mate Joe for sharing his recipe for pecan pie that uses maple syrup rather than the devil’s work, corn syrup. And this. This recipe changed my life. No really. My life is better knowing this recipe exists and these biscuits can be made. In my weekly radio spot on  ABC Mid North Coast this morning I shared the love so here it is for you too. You know what you have to do. Get that oven on.

try to eat just one

Oat and raisin biscuits

via Joke

  • 1 cup of nuts and fruits – a mix of whatever you like, eg raisins, craisins, dried apple, dried apricots, sultanas, pecans, walnuts etc
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 80g (6tblsp) butter
  • 1 3/4 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. In a small saucepan combine the fruit, nuts and water. Bring to the boil then simmer until all the water has been absorbed
  3. In a frypan melt the butter and cook the oats, turning constantly, for 5 minutes
  4. In a bowl combine the cinnamon, flour, baking powder and baking soda
  5. In another bowl mix the brown sugar and vanilla with the egg
  6. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry until well combined.  The mixture will be quite stiff so don’t be afraid to get your hands in there
  7. Wet your hands and roll heaped teaspoons of the mixture into balls and place on a baking tray
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Try not to eat about 10 of them in one go.

 

 

 

 

ONWARD!

Maggie Beer’s Chocolate Cake with Whisky-soaked Raisins and Orange Zest

So I made this yesterday for our Christmas gathering with my Dad, step-mother and family. I was down for dessert and along with pavlova topped with cream, lemon butter and fresh fruit I was bringing our family’s traditional Christmas pudding cooked in cloth. Then the last fortnight came and firmly bit me on the arse. I only got the fruit soaking a few days ago for the pudding so getting one made and on the stove for five hours was just not going to happen.

I’d seen this recipe in Maggie Beer’s Maggie’s Table and knew it would be good some time ago – it came to me that it would make a fine Christmas pudding alternative and boy, was I bang on the money on that front.

This cake is seriously good. I only had a tiny sliver yesterday due to the dedicated food consumption that had gone before it and man, today all I can think about is making it again so I can sit in front of it like a fat fool and eat it until my head falls off.

I should say, I did not roast the almonds and then grind them, I simply used some store-bought almond meal. I am sure doing that step would take the cake to even greater heights but it was delicious even without doing so.

So go on, make it .

Chocolate Cake with Whisky-soaked Raisins and Orange Zest
Maggie Beer, Maggie’s Table

  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup Scotch whisky
  • 160g blanched almonds
  • 50g plain flour
  • 375g dark couverture chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 210g unsalted butter
  • 170g caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 175ml pouring cream
  • 250g couverture chocolate
  1. Soak raisins in whisky for a few hours
  2. Preheat fan-forced oven to 180C
  3. Place almonds on baking tray and roast for 10 minutes or until golden. Let cool slightly then process in a food processor until finely ground. Add flour and set aside
  4. Melt chocolate and the add the zest to it
  5. Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy then add eggs one at a time. The mixture will split but don’t worry, it comes back together when the almonds and flour are added
  6. Fold in the melted chocolate then the soaked raisins and any of the whisky juices that are left in the bowl
  7. Sprinkle over the almond and flour mixture and fold through very gently, being careful not to overmix
  8. Lightly grease and line a 20cm springform round cake tin
  9. Bake for an hour or until skewer comes out clean (mine took at least another 10 minutes and probably could have done with another 5 or 10 minutes)
  10. Remove from the oven and sit on a wire rack in its tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and let cake cool completely.
  11. Make the ganache by bringing the cream to the boil and then pouring over the chocolate. Leave for a few minutes to melt and then stir thoroughly
  12. Pour over the cooled cake and then leave to cool for a further hour (not in the refrigerator) before serving

Divine with double cream or vanilla ice cream.

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