Honey and oatmeal biscuits
September 28, 2009 § 2 Comments
For me, honey and oats are individually brilliant components for comfort food, and so combining them should ideally create an ‘ultimate’ comfort food? Perhaps not ultimate, but these biscuits definitely come close. The sweet combination of the honey with the warm flavours of the oats is a perfect pick-me-up for those days when everything’s feeling a bit stormy, outside or inside.
Honey is widely known for its applications in culinary practices but also as a remedy for various minor ailments such as sore throat, coughs and colds. Soothing and calming, it is often added as an alternative to sugar in various herbal infusions, like chamomile tea.
Oats can be crushed or rolled to produce oatmeal which is chiefly eaten as porridge but can also be very useful in baking, as well as for brewing beer. The therapeutic properties of oats are mainly for soothing the skin and minor conditions associated with the skin, while the oats themselves are deemed ‘healthy’ foods as they have cholesterol-lowering properties, are more slowly digested and thus make you feel fuller.
Therapeutics aside, both of these ingredients have the very things that comfort food should have: a soothing and calming effect that makes you feel full, but without having to overeat.
I started off with quite small quantities as I wanted to see how the biscuits turned out before making more, so I will probably make a bigger batch playing around with some of the ingredients at a later time. I will double the measurements here for convenience, but feel free to use the original quantities if you want to make a smaller batch.
You will need:
- 150g butter
- 150g demerara sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 150g plain flour (also known as all-purpose flour)
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 150g organic porridge oats
Grease a large baking tray (or two baking trays) and preheat your oven to 170°C to start with. Then you’ll want to mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl: porridge oats, flour, sugar and bicarbonate of soda. In a saucepan, melt the butter on a low heat and then add the honey. Mix these together until they are golden in colour and smooth, but don’t overheat the mixture. Add the honey butter to the dry ingredients and combine well.
Flour your hands and then shape the dough into little balls, placing them on the greased baking tray (or trays if you need more). Compress each ball very slightly as you place them on the tray.
Bake the biscuits for 20-25 minutes in the oven, or until golden on top. Remove them from the baking tray and cool them on a wire rack. The recipe should make around 30 biscuits in total. Then, sit back, grab a few biscuits and a big mug of tea (or milk) and relax.