These are not the biscuits you are looking for…

Apologies, have been watching rather a lot of Star Wars recently. Spider’s cousin is mad about it and he came back from visiting her obsessing about something he hadn’t seen before…

I am on a quest at the moment. A quest to find the Anzac biscuits of my childhood because following the recipe which I finally remembered to ask Mum for does not create the biscuit I remember…I suspect that she doesn’t follow the recipe as printed, but I’m not sure what she does that is different.

Ingredients

2 cups oats

1 cup plain flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup melted butter

1 tbs golden syrup

2 tablespoons boiling water

1 tsb bicarbonate of soda

pinch of salt

Method

Mix oats, sugar, flour and melted butter, then the syrup and lastly soda dissolved in water. Drop by the spoonful on a cold greased oven sheet and bake in a moderate oven for 15-20 minutes

I suspect that Mum melts the butter and the syrup together before adding, which I was actually tempted to do when I made my batch earlier today, certainly I think the mixture needs to be sticker so that the biscuits spread the way the ones in my memory are…Will see later when they have cooled whether they are as chewy in the middle and as good with a glass of milk.

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The honey cake that wasn’t…

I am informed, by the cake eaters in this house that it is the jewish new year about now, Rosh Hashana. As I have been known in the past to use the excuse of other people’s feast days to cook, I took this as meaning “Mummy, please can you bake something”. Said cake eaters also advised that THE cake for Rosh Hashana is a honey cake. Now I have a lovely recipe from Tessa Kiros “Apples for Jam” for honey cake but I wasn’t sure it was the right sort of cake, so after a bit of research I decided on Macy Goldman’s majestic and moist honey cake

. However for this I was missing one vital ingredient…

Last week, I had a cold and sore throat and bought a new jar of honey to go with the lemons I always seem to have in the kitchen. Unfortunately I forgot to tell my husband that it was in the shopping bag, and it managed to slip from the kitchen counter and on to the floor… honey and glass is NOT a nice or easy mixture to clear up off the floor.

So I did the honey cake from Nigella Lawson’s “Feast” instead, which is remarkable for its complete lack of honey, substituting a light muscavardo for soft brown sugar, a mixture of cloves,

cinnamon and nutmeg for the allspice and accidently using baking powder instead of bicarbonate… I also halved the mixture as Nigella always seems to cook for legions, and I cook for a teenager and a toddler and the occasional visitor.

It didn’t sink as I’d expected and as advised by Nigella, I put this down to my mistake with the bicarb, it wasn’t, as stated a bit moist in the middle… my husband, who is the only one who has tried it so far said “the problem is, its too good, I mean your sponge is too light, it needs to be heavier and stickier” – so next year I guess I do the majestic and moist one, and find an excuse during the year to try Tessa Kiros’ version.

Postscript: Came home today to find half the cake missing, husband and toddler had decided it was nice, so there’s a vote of confidence then !