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January Baking Round-Up

So far my new year’s resolutions are off to a racing start. I’ve surpassed my weekly baking goals and managed not to eat too much of it… and I’ve been going to the gym at the same time to try and counteract the extra calories from the taste testing and licking of many bowls and spoons. See below for a recap of my January bakes and makes along with recipes. Enjoy!

Toffee Fudge Cake

Flamiche
https://ladypez.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/week-1-30th-december-flamiche/
Coconut and Lime Cake
https://ladypez.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/week-1-31st-december-coconut-and-fresh-lime-cake/
Sticky Toffee Loaf with Fudge Icing
https://ladypez.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/week-1-2nd-of-january-sticky-toffee-loaf-with-fudge-icing/
Peanut Butter Biscuits
https://ladypez.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/week-2-8th-of-january-peanut-butter-biscuits/
Apricot Crumble Muffins
https://ladypez.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/week-2-9th-of-january-apricot-crumble-muffins/
Dark Chocolate and Almond Birthday Cake
https://ladypez.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/week-2-11th-of-january-dark-chocolate-and-almond-birthday-cake/
Homemade Lemon Curd
https://ladypez.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/homemade-lemon-curd/?relatedposts_exclude=787
Traditional Madeira
https://ladypez.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/week-3-15th-of-january-traditional-madeira/
Oat and Raisin Cookies
https://ladypez.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/week-3-19th-of-january-oatmeal-raisin-cookies/
Brazil Nut Brownies
https://ladypez.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/week-4-25th-of-january-brazil-nut-brownies/

Week 3: 19th of January – Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies

I’m going to let you in on a secret… I don’t actually like raisins. I’ll eat them if I’m given something with them in but I’d never choose too, and in my opinion there is just nothing worse than savoury food where a raisin or a sultana rears its ugly head. Coronation Chicken is the biggest culprit for this. I’m just not a fan. But something I do love is biscuits and believe it or not, give me a biscuit with a raisin in it, and I will be your friend forever. It’s funny isn’t it, how our little brains work and say ‘no, this raisin is completely out of place in this curry’ but then ‘yum, I’m glad you put raisins in these biccies’. Anyway, I digress.

In short, I don’t usually like raisins, but I do like them in biscuits (I’d probably eat anything in a biscuit though). Note: I’ve just noticed that I’ve been prattling on in terms of ‘biscuits’ but what I made were in Delia’s words ‘cookies’. Is there a difference? If there is an explanation it would be much appreciated. I suppose in the US biscuits are those little crumbly bread rolls so they need another word for proper biscuits?

Out came ‘Delia’s Cakes’ again to look at what I’d planned to bake for the week ahead and I noticed that I had scheduled her oatmeal and raisin cookies for this week… but it was 9pm on Sunday night! It had to be done. The oven went on and my mixing bowl came out and by 10pm we had 24 oatmeal and raisin cookies cooling on the rack.

Here is Delia’s recipe: http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/english/oat-and-raisin-cookies.html

cookies

I’m slightly ashamed to say that I didn’t quite trust Delia’s recipe… I thought it was way too heavy on the dry ingredients and when I mixed in the butter and egg I felt the mixture was far too crumbly so like the idiot I am, I defied her by adding a tablespoonish sized squirt of golden syrup to help bind my mixture but this instead just made it very sticky and harder to shape (most of it ended up stuck to my hands and the bowl) and as you can see my cookies splayed a little more than ideal so I’ve ended up with something a bit flatter than desired. Despite all this, they taste absolutely fantastic!

They actually act as a great breakfast on the move – the cereally quality leant to them by the oatmeal makes them a kind of cookie shaped cereal bar!

Week 2: 8th of January – Peanut Butter Biscuits

Biscuits are my Achilles heel. It’s not like I buy them all the time and snuffle them down by the packet load, but if they are in the house I can’t resist the odd one or two when I get in from work, and then maybe another 1 as a post dinner treat. This Christmas I received a huge box of M&S milk chocolate covered biccies from my Mum and a tin of Scottish Shortbread from some friends (shortbread is my ultimate weakness) and I’ve been steadily munching my way through them.

Although they are completely delicious and I have no complaints, you really cannot beat home-made. The smell of freshly baked biscuits is akin to that of fresh baked bread – it fills the house and makes any mouth water. Once you have it in your nostrils, there’s NO WAY you’re waiting for them to cool before you try one, and before you know it you’re burning your tongue on the molten chocolate chunks of a soft, moist cookie or inhaling a piece of warm buttery shortbread.

One of the ad-hoc recipes in my ‘Delia’s Cakes’ book, that I hadn’t set a date constraint against, was Peanut Butter Biscuits and that was precisely because it had an ingredient list I’d most likely have lying in wait in my store cupboard so I’d be able to make them whenever I felt like it, but when I went to do just that, I realised I didn’t have any peanuts (I don’t think I’ve ever had a bag of peanuts lying around come to think of it so my convenience logic was a bit askew). So I set myself the task of buying some unsalted peanuts on Wednesday so that I could bake them that night. But bad news struck for both me and for Waitrose – they only had salted or dry roasted. I asked a member of staff (who happened to be the manager) where the unsalted peanuts were and it turns out that their supplier has gone bust and left them – and me – unsalted peanut-less! But the show must go on, so these bad boys were made with peanut butter and walnuts instead…

Peanut Butter Biscuits

And here’s the recipe of you wanna give them a try! (Apologies that it links to the Daily Mail…) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2282903/Delias-cakes-Peanut-butter-biscuits.html

The only adjustment I made to this was that I left out the Demerara sugar – this left me with some yummy nutty biscuits that weren’t too sweet and that was the main compliment I received from Rob’s pack or biscuit munching economist colleagues the next day.

*TOP TIP* You might have noticed the postit note stuck to my recipe book in the photo – everything I ever bake is covered in these. It’s a great way of leaving your future self little messages about how they turned out the last time and what could possibly need tweaking – when you bake and cook as much as I do it’s sometimes hard to remember what works and what doesn’t!

This is definitely going to be a common recipe in my house now – so quick and easy to make, and you could use any number of nut variations or I may even swap the peanut butter for chocolate spread and see how that turns out. A few people at work have asked for the recipe to make with their children which is a great idea as they’re so cheap and simple to make.