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Tuesday 9 April 2013

A cup of coffee and a Treacle Bite!

It's time to 'Get Random Baby' or so Dom at Belleau Kitchen tells us.  Yes, it's time for another Random Recipe, this time using the Random Recipe Generator thingummydoodah, a technical term I'm sure.

It still required the dreaded counting of the cookery books as it grows every time I look, anyway my random choice was The Dairy Book of Home Cookery by Sonia Allison for the  Milk Marketing Board, originally published in 1968, this edition published in 1977.  The book belonged to my Mother-in-law and has retained it's place on my cookbook shelf as it has some good recipes in it.

And so to the opening of the book in a random opened at a double page of biscuit recipes - RESULT!  There were many to choose from: Currant biscuits, Cherry biscuits, Spice or Cinnamon Biscuits, Chocolate Flake Biscuits, Jam Sandwich Biscuits and on and on... However,  I decided to go for Treacle Bites as I have a bit of a glut of rolled oats.

Treacle Bites (makes 24)

100g/4oz self-raising flour, sifted
75g/3oz rolled oats
25g/1oz desiccated coconut
100g/4oz butter
125g/5oz caster sugar
2 level tbsp treacle
1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp milk

1. Combine flour with oats and coconut
2. Put butter, sugar and treacle into saucepan, very slowly bring to the boil, stirring all the time.
3. Remove from heat. Add bicarbonate of soda dissolved in milk.

This is so much fun, it puffs up like puff candy!

4. Pour hot mixture on to dry ingredients.  Mix thoroughly.  Leave on one side for 30 minutes or until firm.
5. Break off 24 pieces of mixture and roll into marbles.

Rolling the biscuit mix was easier than I thought, not too sticky, they do spread a lot and I would probably make mine smaller next time as my 'marbles' were more like 'walnuts'!
 6. Transfer to buttered baking trays (leaving room between to allow for spreading), Bake in centre of moderate oven 180C for 15 minutes.
7. Leave on trays for 1 or 2 minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack.  Store in an airtight tin when cold.

Treacle Bites Printable Recipe

The verdict: FANTASTIC!  I think these are some of the nicest biscuits/cookies I have ever made and I will be making them again, I would also try making them with golden syrup as I think that would work well too.  Now I must confess that I only had 15g of coconut so used some mixed seeds to replace it, so this is obviously also an adaptable recipe and if you don't like coconut, you know that you can replace it with small seeds, like sesame seeds.

And now for the well-deserved cup of coffee.  As my regular readers will know, I've reviewed quite a few different ground coffees recently.  Just before I went on holiday, I was sent some coffee by Aromo.  Aromo is a company run by three ordinary guys who simply live and love espresso and the mystic of coffee.  The main focus of their business is espresso coffee in single serving pods, but as I don't have a pod machine, I was sent the Aromo Bounce 100% Arabica ground coffee which retails at £4.00 for 250g.

We realy enjoyed this coffee, not being espresso fans we made our coffee in our filter machine and it was excellent, a really smooth rich blend at a very reasonable price and went very well with the Treacle Bites.  If the pods are anything like as good as this, then they are well worth trying.  Aromo coffee is available as ESE Coffee Pods   Senseo Compatible Coffee Pods   Nespresso Compatible Capsules

Free sample ESE coffee pod selection pack - 8 pods 

Aromo are offering a free sample of a variety of 8 ESE coffee pods, just pay the postage of £3.50.

I was supplied with Aromo Bounce Ground Coffee for review, I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own.

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At 9 April 2013 at 21:44 , Anonymous Camilla @FabFood4All said...

Ooh I want that book Janice I didn't know it existed as I have the 2 later versions on my bookshelf and there are some great regional recipes in them! Your cookies sound great and I would leave out the dessicated coconut in favour of sesame seeds, best of all there is no rolling out and cutting with these cookies which can be such a fiddle! Thanks for sharing:-)

At 9 April 2013 at 21:48 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Camilla, you might find it on ebay or through a specialist book seller. It pretty much covers all aspects of cookery and the recipes are simple and well written.

At 10 April 2013 at 05:46 , Blogger Unknown said...

There is nothing like finding that great cookie recipe that you know you'll cook again and again. I just live how dark these look too. It's a great post. Thank you so much for entering and showing off such a fab cook book with the most ridiculous cover! Xx

At 10 April 2013 at 08:01 , Blogger Jean said...

With rolled oats, coconut and treacle in them, how could they be anything but completely yummy?!
I no longer have my Dairy cookbooks -I long since took them to the charity shop, thinking the recipes were far too old daft ...... I wonder who's enjoying them now !!

At 10 April 2013 at 14:24 , Anonymous Emma said...

These look fantastic, I have seen this challenge around a lot lately and am definitely going to have to give it a go its such a good idea.

At 10 April 2013 at 20:27 , Blogger scrumptious days said...

oats! So they must be healthy, I do love rediscovering theses old recipes, and I have a tin of treacle waiting back in Richmond, so I think these will be baked very soon! Yum!

At 10 April 2013 at 21:15 , Blogger Janice said...

Dom - you are so right and I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the cover, I am so familiar with it I hadn't noticed how bizarre it was!
Jean - I hope someone rescued them, they do seem old fashioned but nothing wrong with the recipes.
Emma - oh please do take part, it's a lot of fun and makes you try cookbooks and recipes you may have overlooked.
Jude: Yes, of course they are very healthy ;-)

At 10 April 2013 at 22:47 , Blogger Cakeyboi said...

Loving those biccies - my mum has that cookbook kicking about - must get it off her! Love the photo too Janice.

At 11 April 2013 at 06:49 , Anonymous Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand said...

Lovely looking biscuits Janice and a super idea to use sesame seeds instead of coconut. I bet a couple of these would get you through a cold afternoon!

At 11 April 2013 at 13:17 , Blogger Caroline Taylor said...

What a great random recipe! I'm pretty sure everyone has a copy of the Dairy Book of Cookery, I think I've even got 2! These Treacle Bites sound lovely.

At 11 April 2013 at 15:04 , Blogger Choclette said...

Janice, how do you get your biscuits to look so uniform? Very impressive. They sound delicious too. I remember making biscuits quite a lot with treacle when I was young, but hardly ever use it these days - something has gone wrong somewhere!

And I so want your glut of oats - hard to imagine in this household where porridge is regular breakfast fare.

At 11 April 2013 at 16:06 , Anonymous MrsP said...

My Mum has that book and bought me the new version a couple of years ago. Great book.

At 11 April 2013 at 19:22 , Blogger Janice said...

Ah Choclette - most of them were not even, I picked the best ones for the photo!

At 12 April 2013 at 11:09 , Blogger Johanna GGG said...

these biscuits look lovely - I love treacle in baking. and they sound quite similar to anzac biscuits that we have in australia but we use golden syrup instead of treacle so I am sure these would be great with golden syrup

At 14 April 2013 at 19:55 , Anonymous Laura Loves Cakes said...

Wow, these must be good if they're the best biscuits you've ever made!! I just love the name...Treacle Bite. I'm also rather partial to porridge oats with treacle, so these would be right up my street...and I think my Dad would love them too! I might have to make a batch :-)

At 16 April 2013 at 20:23 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've made them today with golden syrup - a big thumbs up. Will definately make these again. Thank you

At 30 April 2013 at 17:54 , Anonymous Stacy said...

These sound and look wonderful. I am always on the lookout for a biscuit recipe that will freeze well uncooked and I suspect I could roll those little balls and freeze them to bake later. If I give it a try, I'll let you know!

At 21 June 2013 at 03:05 , Blogger Carole said...

Janice, thanks for adding these to the treats table. Cheers


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