Friday, February 27, 2009

Olive Oil, Honey and Nutmeg Biscuits

To a bee, honey is work
To us, it is leisure, luxury, pleasure.
If only the eating thereof
would fill us with the spirit of hard work.
~Corri Alius

I have finally perfected our new healthy biscuit recipe - Olive Oil, Honey and Nutmeg Biscuits.  These biscuits have very minimal sugar in them and no butter at all.  They are also made with wholemeal spelt flour but you could substitute your flour of choice.  They are reminiscent of the Arnott's Honey Jumble biscuits I consumed ravenously as a child - a little chewy and oh so delicious.  I was very lucky to eat the last half of one with my cup of tea this morning after little Eee begged for that last longed for biscuit remaining in the jar.  Yes, we shared it.

¼ cup castor sugar
¼ cup olive oil
small ¼ cup honey
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1¾ cups wholemeal spelt flour
¼ teaspoon bicarb soda
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1-2 teaspoons nutmeg to taste 
(I like my nutmeg and put in 2 teaspoons to compliment the strong flavour of our honey)
½ cup raisins or sultanas

Preheat your oven to 180℃/375℉.  Line two oven trays with baking paper or your silicon biscuit baking mat.  Put sugar, oil, honey, egg and vanilla into a bowl of your electric mixmaster and beat for 2 minutes.

Sift the flour, soda, cream of tartar and nutmeg and add to the thickened wet mix.  Mix together until well combined.  Stir through the raisins.

Dollop in spoonfuls onto your tray to bake.  Decorate the top with tiny slivers of Fair Trade dark chocolate scraped with a knife to sit delicately on top of each biscuit.  We have tried decorating with raisins also but found that the time in the oven baked them a little too hard - they are yummiest when inside.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.  Rest on a tray for 5 minutes until cool.  You can then transfer them to a wire rack and see how long they last sitting around in your kitchen :).

Enjoy these little morsels of yumminess which are all good for you.  Really they are!  They are the perfect snack for a little toddler whose delicate mouth delights in the softness of a chewy bikky.

If you haven't yet entered a comment for my little giveaway.  Now is your last chance as we will draw the winner over the weekend.  So look out for an announcement on Monday.


Fröken Skicklig said...

Dear Cee,

oh I wished I would have some of your biscuits here...

I hardly find time for a real breakfast today, the sewing machine is making funny noises and in five hours the daylight is gone - and I need pictures for tomorrow!

Thank you so much for your lines. Lotte would love to travel to Australia, she said. But I know that not only her travel costs are high.

But remember the little girl with the red cap. If one only wishes something again and again, rain can turn into glittering snow.

We have friends from Melbourne and Sydney living in Berlin. So there is always an opportunity to lower the shipping when they are travelling to Australia. And Lotte will get siblings, I promise.

Give Ess a hug and enjoy the day!

Warm greetings from Sweden,


Russ Hutto said...

Wow, those look delicious. I'm the "cook" of the family and my wife is the "baker" so I'll have to pass along these delicious lookng recipes to her!

And thanks for stopping by my place yesterday! Love your comments! They always make me smile.

Cee said...

Oh dear Juliane

My dear Ess will enjoy your hug via me and indeed more of your lovely writing. Last evening the first thing she wanted to read when she saw the computer was your lovely blog. She was sad not to be the recipient of the beautiful mushrooms and surprise in the box but understands that some win and some don't.

She did enjoy reading about Lotte and imagining what her clothing would do here in our community. We look very much forward to reading more about her adventures and also her siblings.

Enjoy your birthday in beautiful Sweden, Juliane.

And Dear Russ

Enjoy those biscuits. I hope your wife enjoys baking them and you enjoy munching them.

Looking forward to seeing more pics of the lovely homeland you dwell in.


Bellsknits said...

And dairy free too!!

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