Saturday, November 15, 2008
TEA and BICCIES!
A cup of tea and a biscuit, the great British cure all. My American friends think it sounds "cute" when I say it, and initially were somewhat surprised when I offered a biscuit with the tea. Why? Well a biscuit here is something they eat for breakfast accompanied by gravy, akin to a scone, a cookie is our biscuit, their scone, to my mind a heavy version of our scone. I believe the difference being is that we do not use eggs in the making of our scones. Keeping up?
So I now invite people to have a biccie with their tea, although most often coffee is the way to go here, biccie being a mix of biscuit & cookie. My friend Joey is slowly picking up the British lingo, and loves to use it when she can, however, I am having a lot more trouble getting her to appreciate a good "cuppa" than I am having her pick up the language nuances. We've tried Earl Grey, Green Tea, White Tea and good old PG tips all to no avail. Through gritted teeth and closed eyes she gingerly sips from the cup, tries to smile and say she is enjoying it, but there is no pleasure in the experience for her, no love for my British cuppa, so I now serve her her a cup of joe and she is so much happier, and more importantly hopefully means we will remain friends.
Yesterday for the first time I made these oat biccies, recipe thanks to my daughter. She has been telling me how good they are so in the end I had to try for myself and I have to agree, they were delicious, the perfect biccie for a cup of tea. You can even "dunk" with them, carefully! They come with the name Hobnob, but as that is an actual biscuit name, and I do not think McVities would appreciate me using it, I will call them OAT BICCIES. Do not want a legal problem!
Makes approx 24 pieces
8oz SR Flour
8OZ Porridge Oats
1 tbsp golden syrup or Corn Syrup
1tbsp hot water
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Melt butter, syrup, and water in a pan.
Stir together flour, sugar oats and bicarb and add melted mixture to the dry mix.
Make into small balls, and flatten top slightly with a fork. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet leaving room for them to spread.
Bake at 180C/350f for 15 mins. Cool on tray then move to wire rack.
When cool they are ready to eat as is, and are delicious, although I decided to drizzle some with melted chocolate, when did chocolate not make something taste even better?
I plan to make them again soon, but this time I will add some dried cranberries to the mix and drizzle with white chocolate, giving them a Festive Feel.
Maybe McVities would like to try this out! Who knows maybe it will catch on.
Thanks to Carrie for the heads up on this one. Off now for my afternoon tea and biccie.