“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Have you ever had these biscuits?? I think everyone just loves these biscuits. My ex boss used to bring them back every time they flew. They would have been given them on the plane. They would go into the larder and every once in a while I would sneak one . . . just one. They were sooooo good . . . and then I discovered them at the grocery store and I was in heaven because then I could indulge myself with them anytime I wanted too . . . and then . . . about two weeks ago I was walking through the Waitrose in Chester and look what I discovered there . . . just waiting for me to find it . . .
Of course it just HAD to come home with me. Oh my . . . heaven on a knife. My pot is full of index finger marks . . . where I like to just grab a little taste now and again . . . and think about it . . . Lotus biscuits, spread with Lotus spread. This just HAS to be the food of Angels . . . it just has to be.
The other day as I dipped my finger into the pot . . . yet again . . . I thought to myself . . . I bet this would be really good in a cookie . . . you know like a peanut butter cookie . . . but using Lotus spread instead of peanut butter . . .
And then I thought . . . and what if I added some oatmeal to them . . . just to make them kind of wholesome-like . . . so that they weren't totally decadent and so that they would seem kind of healthy . . . I wondered what would happen. My mind loves to take little "What-if" journeys . . .
Once in a while I end up not liking where the journey has taken me . . . but that is very rare. More often than not I am most pleasantly surprised and end up totally in love with what I have created which is what happened with this cookie/biscuit experiment! Oh my . . . my . . . my . . .
They have the nicest texture! Totally crisp on the outside . . . and yet gorgeously chewy as well!!! They were simply amazing if I don't say so myself! (And I know I just did!) They have become one of my absolute favourite cookies of all time.
But don't just take my word for it . . . bake them for yourself. You know you want to. Resistance is futile! Trust me on this. YOU WILL WANT TO MAKE THESE MORE SOONER THAN LATER! And when you do . . .
Why . . . you'll simply be quite happy that you did.
*Lotus Oatmeal Cookies*
Makes 2 1/2 dozen
Delicious little cookies filled with lovely spiced caramel goodness and the wholesomeness of oats. Crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside.
125g of butter, softened (1/2 cup)
125g of lotus spread (1/2 cup)
200g of soft light brown sugar (1 cup)
1 large free range egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
125g of plain flour (1 1/4 cup)
80g of rolled oats
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
47g of granulated sugar for rolling (1/4 cup)
Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5. Line several baking sheets with baking paper, set aside.
Cream together the butter and lotus spread until creamy and smooth. Beat in the brown sugar and the egg. Stir in the vanilla. Whisk together the flour and soda. Stir this into the creamed mixture. Stir in the oats until well blended. Place the granulated sugar into a small bowl. Scoop out heaped tablespoons full of the cookie dough and roll it into 1 inch balls. Roll the balls in the granulated sugar. Place on the lined baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each for spreading.
Bake for 8 minutes, just until lightly browned around the edges. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for several minutes before scooping off onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
You can find the Lotus spread here in the UK in Waitrose shops. I think in North American it is called Biscoff spread, and I think it is also called Speculoos spread. NO matter what you call it . . . it's totally addictive. Nom! Nom!