So, as I mentioned yesterday, it's my Grandad's Birthday today! We popped round with his presents yesterday so he'd have them to open first thing, but Mum, Dad and I are going round tonight for dinner and I want to take another little something.
First up I made a gingerbread loaf in place of a traditional Birthday cake. It is a favourite with everyone in this family, you'll find the recipe in this post.
It isn't the prettiest of cakes, but it more than makes up for it with yummy taste and smell!
Next up was an experimental batch of cookies. I have a HUGE box of muesli that is running out of date faster than I can eat it, so I wanted to incorporate it in baking, somehow, but I'm fed up of making flapjacks. I adapted a recipe I have for oat cookies with m&ms (posted on here waaay back!) and added in some chopped dates as they are my Grandad's favourite.
Cookie experiment = massive success. I HAD to sample one and oh man. The dates give a toffee-ish taste and the cookie is crunchy and chewy at the same time.
They are now in a glass jar with a gift tag ready to be presented to the Birthday Boy.
For these cookies you will need:
150g self raising flour
150g muesli (I used a low sugar one from Lidl)
150g sugar (I used soft, dark brown, but caster is fine!)
2tbsp golden syrup
Chopped dates...I used about double what you see in the picture and chopped each one in to about five pieces.
Pre-heat your oven to 180*c
Sift together the flour, muesli and sugar. Add in the chopped dates and mix together.
Melt the butter, syrup and milk, stirring until all the butter is dissolved.
Pour the liquid in to the dry mixture and blend well.
Shape in to rounds (I used a tablespoon for size) and place on a lined baking tray...these don't spread too much so you can put them quite near each other.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden. I have a fan oven and they took just under 10 minutes, so do keep an eye on them!
Wait for the biscuits to firm up then move to a wire cooling rack.
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