Category "biscuits"

4th October 2015

White chocolate oat cookies recipe

by M-admin-bakehouse
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White Chocolate Oat Cookies.

Soft chewy chocolate cookies, but the recipe could be adapted to use whatever you have in the cupboard- an combination of chocolate, dried fruit, nuts. Makes 24. Ingredients: 110g butter, softened, or baking margarine 110g caster sugar 85g light soft brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 150g plain flour ½ tsp baking powder 180g porridge oats 200g white chocolate chips Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 170c fan oven or Gas Mark 5. 2. Line a 2 or 3 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. 3. Cream together the butter, caster sugar and light brown sugar. 4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat into the mixture. 5. Mix in the flour, baking powder and the oats. 6. Pour in the chocolate chips, or whatever you are using, and mix until well combined. 7. Roll into balls about 1 1/2″ diameter and place well spaced out on the tray. 8. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until they are just starting to turn golden. 9. Take out of the oven and leave to cool slightly and firm up a bit on the tray. 10. Transfer to a wire rack to completely cool. 11. Enjoy! If you make this recipe, let me know how you get on!

Recipe for Oaty Banana Bites

12th February 2015
by M-admin-bakehouse
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Recipe for making Oaty Banana Bites

oaty banana bites

These are based on a recipe from the fb page Feed your family for about £20 a week.

They are ideal for breakfast on the go, or a sweet treat which is quite filling (well, it is when you’ve had three!!). You can leave out the chocolate, or substitute it for dried fruit of your choice.

Ingredients

Two large overripe bananas

Two cups of porridge oats

Five squares of chocolate (milk or white, or a mixture)

Method

1. Pour the oats into a bowl.

2. Cut the tops off the bananas and squeeze the insides into the bowl.

3. Chop the chocolate roughly into small pieces and add them to the bowl.

4. Mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are combined.

5. Roll into 12 balls of equal size.

6. Place them on a baking tray, with baking paper on it, with spaces in between. They won’t spread so you don’t need large spaces.

7. Put in the oven at 160 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. If you’d like more squidgy bites, leave for less time.

8. Leave to cool and then enjoy!

Review of Lakeland's Say It With Biscuits Kit

4th February 2014
by M-admin-bakehouse
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Instalment number two of this weeks’ Lakeland product reviews! And this time I got to play with gingerbread dough and stamps!
This is the Say It With Biscuits Kit. Three silicone stamps, the wooden ‘handle’ that they fit on to for easy stamping, a cutter, recipe booklet and 6 very sweet gift boxes should you be able to bring yourself to give them away! It all comes packaged in a cute box so would make a great present for a baker.
I used my own gingerbread dough recipe, but the booklet does contain some lovely looking recipes. It includes a sable (basic) biscuit recipe, that you could easily flavour using a splash of vanilla or almond extract, or grated zest of lemon or orange for further biscuit flavours. There is also a ginger biscuit recipe, a chocolate one (that will definitely get tried in this house, chocoholics? Us?!), and recipes for oat and raisin, choc chip, and even a savoury cheese one. There are also ideas and recipes for filling the biscuits, should you wish to sandwich them together.  So definitely lots of ideas to get you started!
If you have your own favourite biscuit recipe you could also use that of course, but it needs to be a dough which can firm up when chilled, so the pattern doesn’t spread when baked. The instructions recommend chilling the dough before baking, but I’d also recommend chilling after cutting the biscuits for at least 20 minutes, especially if you are re-rolling the scraps of dough after the initial lot of cutting, as the warmth of your hands will warm the dough up too.
Using the stampers is easy. They fit snugly onto the wooden handle, and you can use this to push the stamper into the dough. I would say you need to push it quite firmly into the dough to make a good deep imprint. You need to bake them for the time according to the recipe, so check that for details.
You can see I have two sizes of biscuits on the picture above. The larger ones are made using the cookie cutter that comes with the kit, but I also had a go with a smaller round cutter I have to see what it would look like. I think they both look great. And if you were feeling generous and were going to give more than one away as a gift, I think the mixture of sizes would look lovely in a kilner jar with a ribbon tied around it.
And if you fancy a bit of extra indulgence, how about sandwiching two together with milk chocolate ganache? Mmmmmmm!!
I haven’t tried it yet, but I would also imagine that you could use these stampers with sugarpaste to make toppers for cupcakes, you would probably just need to add a smear of vegetable fat like Trex to the silicone stamper before using it to make sure it didn’t stick.
The stampers have three different patterns: hearts, flowers and a Made For You stamp. They could be used on their own or together, and would make a good gift for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and birthdays….and many other occasions in between. If you like to make homemade gifts and are handy in the kitchen, this could be a good investment for you. With so many variations of flavours, stampers, shapes, and how you could package them you could produce a different gift every time!
You can buy the kit here.
Although I was given the kit for free to review, all the views and opinions expressed are my own.

How to make chocolate brownie cookies

2nd July 2013
by M-admin-bakehouse
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These little beauties are gorgeous!! They’ve come about because one of the lovely ladies who attends my classes is dairy free. I like to bake for the students at my classes, so was looking for a dairy free recipe. I found a recipe I liked, but tweaked it a bit and now I’m going to share it with you! Be prepared- the dough needs to chill for AT LEAST 4 hours, overnight is even better. So if you want to make these cookies you have to be patient!
Ingredients (makes 32-36 cookies)
85g cocoa powder
400g caster sugar
125ml vegetable oil
4 eggs         
250g plain flour            
2 teaspoons baking powder            
a pinch of salt
60g icing sugar
What to do:
1. In a bowl, mix together the cocoa, caster sugar and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until fully combined. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Line baking trays with parchment. Roll dough into 2.5cm balls. Coat each ball in icing sugar before placing onto prepared trays. (Easiest way to do this is put the icing sugar in a bowl and roll the dough around inside it). I used 3 baking trays with 12 per tray. I won’t lie to you- this is a sticky job. You might have to wash your hands a few times whilst doing this step. But ‘stick’ with it, they’re worth it.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Let stand on the baking tray for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.
4. Enjoy!!
At the time of writing I still have some from the first batch we made (we have made another batch since that went into school for the teachers!) and four days on they are still very yummy. 
Let me know if you make them and what you think.

How to make Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

18th June 2013
by M-admin-bakehouse
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Ok, so the jury is still out on these. I have to be honest with you, I can’t make my mind up whether I like them or not. The reason I chose to make them was to do with my quest to find yummy tasting treats that don’t pile on the pounds. And this recipe boasted that these are under 50 calories each. Worth a try I thought. So I made them, and took them along to a class I was running, and my family and friends have tried them too. And I think it’s fair to say we’re split 50/50 into those that like them and those that don’t. So you might just have to try them for yourself!  The original recipe I found was here.
Ingredients you will need:
3 ripe bananas mashes
20g oats
100g peanut butter (I used lower fat)
30g cocoa powder
100g unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
What you need to do:
1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Mix them together until fully combined, then let it stand for 20 minutes.
3. Drop heaped teaspoons of the mixture onto ungreased baking paper on cookie trays.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 170 degrees.
And this is what they’ll look like when they’re baked. Excuse the watery picture, it was very sunny in my kitchen when I took this picture! And there you have it. Easy peasy to make, I’ll leave the taste testing up to you and you can tell me what you think.