I don't know if I mentioned it but... I started a new job two weeks ago, it has been pretty exciting so far and I am SO much happier than I have been for the past few years. It is amazing how feeling valued and part of a team boosts your work performance, it is an absolute revalation to work in an office where someone isn't constantly questioning your work and micro-managing you into a blubbering wreck.
Although, as a result my kitchen has been neglected, my beautiful Kitchen Aid is sitting redundant on the bench, my baking cupboard remains firmly closed and I swear I saw a teeny spider web forming on the handle *sob*, I may be being slightly dramatic as it's only been two weeks...
There has been lots of celebratory nights out, social events and excitement, so I haven't found time to squeeze in much baking; when I do find the time, or get the uncontrolable urge to bake it is quick and simple bakes.
On Sunday night I got the urge to make biscuits, something easy to whip up and pop in packed lunch boxes through the week. I spent a good hour flicking through my favourite cookbooks searching for something I had the ingredients for...
I finally settled on a mash-up of a few recipes (Nigella, Rachel Allen and Hummingbird) and made some Awesome Choc 'n' Raisin Oaty Biscuits!
IngredientsStart off by beating the sugar and butter until slightly lighter in colour and "fluffy".
150g plain flour
80g rolled oats (not instant)
120g soft butter
80g light brown sugar
80g caster sugar
A pinch of ground ginger
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
55g Raisins or Sultanas
150g Chocolate chunks (I used a mix white and milk)
Add the egg and beat until combined.
Sift the flour, baking powder, ginger and oats together, add them to the wet mixture and mix until combined.
Stir through the raisins and chocolate chunks, then pop the cookie dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm it up (this bit is important)
Once firm and cooled, spoon dollops onto a prepared baking tray, press down slightly with a spoon (or finger).
This recipe makes about 12 medium/large cookies,
These cookies are a great mid morning snack/treat, I have been having one at around 11am with a cup of tea, I find they really stave off the mid morning hunger pangs, especially on those days where you just don't have time for a proper breakfast.
Do you bake snacks for mid-week lunches? What do you make? I am searching for inspiration!