oh brother!

[photopress:DSCF3318.JPG,full,pp_image] look what was gifted to me today. I have no idea what I'll do with a knitting machine, or how to work it, but I have a pile of instruction manuals and the thing is just so cool that I'm sure I'll do something fun. Thank you Mhairi. [photopress:DSCF3317.JPG,full,pp_image]

Except that I am not allowed to play: I have essays that must be written this week. So I made some studying fuel: [photopress:DSCF3321.JPG,full,pp_image]

This recipe came from a booklet of recipes for playgroups that we have had maybe since I was small enough to be in playgroup? Anyway we've been making them for a long time. Here's the basic recipe to which I added some chopped walnuts, flaked almonds and raisins.

Rough Biscuits:

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup flour (normally I use plain flour but today I only had self-raising, didn't make much difference) 1 cup sugar (I use light muscavado usually)

5oz butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

1 tbsp boiling water

Preheat oven to 180 degrees c. Melt butter and syrup. Mix dry ingredients except bicarbonate soda in a large bowl. Add butter and syrup and mix. Mix bicarbonate soda and water in a cup and add to mixture. Roll into walnut sized balls and place on baking tray, squish flat. If the mixture is too wet to do this add some more oats or flour. (I've ended up with one giant biscuit before!). Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden. Allow to harden on tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

I'm writing this up here mainly for myself. Last time I wanted to make them I phoned my parents house and made my brother rummage in kitchen drawers for the booklet and read the ingredients to me over the phone - he does indeed think I'm crazy. Of course I wrote it down, but I've done that countless times and keep loosing it so now it's here.

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