Delicious oaty biscuits with a chocolate topping
Delicious oaty biscuits with a chocolate topping

The dogs always give their daddy a wee gift on Father’s Day but this year I hadn’t had an opportunity to get anything.  We had been out to the local plant centre to buy pressies for our own fathers however, with Himself shadowing me around the store, I didn’t get a chance to sneak in a little something for him.

The scaffold tower
The scaffold tower

Yesterday I had an idea to make him some biscuits, there are no gifts closer to his heart than food related ones.  The difficult part was getting him out of the house.  I suggested he may want to try out his “new” scaffolding that would be put to use pretty soon when the steading roof was repaired.

He agreed and spent the whole day building it next to the trees that need topping.  As it was picked up from a scrap yard, it needed quite a lot of work to make it usable so he was very well occupied.

In the meantime I got to work on the biscuits in relative peace, although there were a few times when he appeared at the kitchen window hoping for a cuppa and I had to hide my work. That’s the problem when you live and work together, you rarely get time on your own.  I remember once when I was trying to ice his tractor birthday cake and he was in and out like a fiddlers elbow.  It ended up an awful mess.

These biscuits are based on everyone’s favourite, the Hobnob, and they turned out absolutely scrumptious.  I bagged them up with my Lidl vacuum sealer and presented them in a delightful little tin with his breakfast this morning.

Biscuits in tin
Biscuits in tin

Oat so scrumptious

Ingredients

Makes about 20 biscuits

  • 115g self-raising flour
  • 115g porridge oats
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 115g margarine
  • 1 tbls golden syrup or honey
  • 1 tbls hot water
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g melted chocolate plain/milk/white
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Knob of butter

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. In a bowl mix together the flour, oats and sugar.
  3. Put the golden syrup, margarine and water into a small saucepan and melt over a low heat.
  4. Stir in the bicarb.
  5. Pour onto the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Form into small balls and place on a baking sheet with plenty of room in between them.  Flatten them slightly.
  7. Bake for approx 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Leave to cool on the baking sheet for around 10 minutes where they should firm up and then move carefully to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. When the biscuits are cold, melt the chocolate of your choice in a bowl over a pan of hot water.  Add a knob of butter and a pinch of sea salt and stir well.
  10. Pour into a piping bag and decorate your biscuits.
  11. Leave chocolate to harden and then enjoy!

Absolutely delicious
Absolutely delicious
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