When we researched how to make the perfect cup of tea, it became quite apparent that there is one strict rule that must be followed…with a biscuit. With too many biscuits in the shops to choose from (perhaps a debate for another time), you simply cannot beat some warm, homemade biscuits, fresh from the oven and the heart-warming smell that fills your home. Whether you wash one down with a cuppa or are a dedicated dunker, we have delved into our recipe books to share with you our comfort filled, family favourite, biscuit recipes.
Archie’s 3 Ingredient Protein Cookies
Archie is partial to a sweet treat (or two) and is often heard energetically encouraging the A Hume team to bring in some home baking. With only 3 ingredients Archie’s protein cookies are the perfect guilt free, afternoon pick me up. He might be giving up his “how to” secrets but don’t get your hopes up as he won’t be giving away the location of his secret biscuit tin any time soon.
250g Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy), 110g honey, 1 egg, (optional) scoop of protein powder (any flavour but vanilla works best).
Preheat oven to 180°C and line a tray with baking parchment. Mix all the ingredients together. Put a tablespoon of mix onto the baking parchment, leaving enough space between each dollop of mix as they will spread in the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden. Once removed from the oven, leave them to rest for 5 minutes as they will still be slightly gooey. Move onto cooling rack or whilst they are still warm tuck right in… but beware! These cookies are dangerously moreish.
Top Tip: Upgrade your cookies by stirring through some dried fruit, chopped nuts or some cheeky chocolate chips or cutting them into interesting shapes.
Granny Nan’s Famous Shortbread
You can’t live in Scotland and not stake claim to a family shortbread recipe, Granny Nan’s has always been a firm favourite, in fact it can even be found in the local bowling club cookbooks.
12oz Plain Flour, 3oz Caster Sugar, 1oz Ground Rice, 1/2 lb Butter.
Melt butter in pan. Mix flour, sugar and ground rice together and sieve into a large mixing bowl. Add melted butter and knead well. Put into a Swiss Roll tin and even out thoroughly. Prick all over and bake in oven 170°C for approx 40 minutes or until golden. While still hot, mark into fingers or squares and sprinkle with caster sugar. Leave to cool and then turn out on a wire tray.
Double, Empire or German Biscuits – one for all the family
However you know them, double biscuits are a great choice to bake together as a family, particularly when the children can get creative with the decorating.
4oz plain flour, 2 ½ oz unsalted butter or margarine, 1oz caster sugar, jam, icing sugar, decorations.
Preheat oven at 150°C and line a tray with baking parchment. Sieve flour and rub in butter, add the sugar and knead until smooth. Roll out onto a floured surface until ½ cm thick. Using a cutter, cut into rounds and place on the baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes and remove from the oven. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes as they will be quite delicate and crumbly. Mix the icing sugar with water, a little at a time until consistency is thick but spreadable. Spread over half of the biscuits and decorate. Put a layer of jam on the remaining biscuits and sandwich with an iced layer.
Top Tip: For a classic look top with a glacé cherry or jelly tot.
Brody’s Biscuit Bones
Brody, our resident shop dog who can usually be found snoozing the day away in our Horsemarket Store, is also partial to a biscuit. Follow Brody’s biscuit bones recipe and your 4-legged friends will thank you for a delicious treat.
Ingredients: 150g wholemeal flour, ½ egg, ½ chicken/beef stock cube, 75ml water, 10g grated cheese.
Method: Preheat oven to 150°C and line a baking tray with parchment. Dissolve stock in water and mix with flour, add the egg and grated cheese. Knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball. Roll out to ½ cm in thickness and cut into slices or use a cookie cutter. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
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