Crispy and chewy cranberry oat biscuits in less than 30mins
If you’re an impatient baker like me, you’ll love that these biscuits take less than 30 minutes to make and bake
Yay, it’s the weekend and that can mean only one thing – a chance for me to tinker in the kitchen! Which is exactly what I did the moment I woke up this morning.
I had asked my husband on Friday night if he’d like cake this weekend but instead of a cake, he asked me for biscuits.
He always wants biscuits!
Sometimes it’s a problem because I like cake, and I’d like to practice baking more muffins and cakes, but he always just wants biscuits. It’s the Englishman in him, the one that loves having his cup of tea or coffee with a biccie in hand.
I also secretly think he prefers it when I bake biscuits because there’s more of them, and he seems less upset when I take some away on Monday morning; whereas when I bake a cake, I literally only leave him a slice (maybe two at most) before the rest of it is whisked away.
When it comes to sweet things, he doesn’t really like sharing. Unfortunately this batch only made 18 biscuits so my colleagues might not get any at all if my husband has his way. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how many he munches his way through first – he’s already told me that if I want to give some out at work, I’ll have to make another batch…
In a token ‘nod’ to being healthier – I say token because let’s be honest here, my baking efforts are rarely healthy – I made these crispy, chewy cranberry oat biscuits this morning.
I’m limited by what I have in my cupboard as we haven’t been to the shops yet. They would have been even healthier if I’d had wheat flour but my strong bread flour worked just as well.
But how can they be both crispy and chewy? Well, if you eat them hot out of the oven, they’re very chewy but once they’ve cooled, they crisp up beautifully. You get that perfect biscuity brittle crunch when you bite into them but you also get the stickiness as you chew the oats and cranberries.
Hand on heart, these biscuits are truly too easy to make and take less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Perfect for impatient bakers like me who find it hard to sit still (or resist opening the oven door all the time).
My husband, who is somewhat of an expert on bottoms (biscuits, that is!) says these were top notch – you always have to check the bottom of a biscuit to know if they’re cooked enough and if they’ll yield good crunch!
I would have used even more cranberries but I only had 40 grams in my cupboard and it was just about enough.
It’s bitterly cold here at the moment – the needle dropped to minus 18 degrees last night in the UK – but the sun is up in the sky now so the hard frost is finally leaving my garden.
The sun’s burning off what snow is still left on the ground but we’re in for quite a few more freezing nights and frosty mornings to come.
Meantime, there’s nothing like waking up to a house filled with the smells of yummy, buttery baking.
I’m off to the shops now to get enough supplies in for for more kitchen antics this afternoon.
Lots of love
Crispy and Chewy cranberry oat biscuits (makes 18 biscuits)
75 grams flour (I used strong bread flour but wheat flour would probably be best)
25 grams oat bran
75 grams rolled oats
75 grams brown sugar
75 grams butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup or honey
40 grams dried cranberries (feel free to add another 10-20 grams)
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
Preheat your own to 180 degrees celsius (my oven’s super hot so I set mine at 170).
Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment.
In the microwave or in a small saucepan, melt the butter and golden syrup.
Put all your dry ingredients and cranberries into a mixing bowl, pour the melted butter and honey into it and stir well.
Dollop about a generous tablespoon’s worth of mixture onto your baking sheet and use your fingers to press them together and flatten them slightly.
Spread them well apart, at least 2-3 centimetres apart, and then bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow to cool on the tray for a couple of minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.