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I love biscuits. My little one loves biscuits. My other half loves biscuits. In fact, I don't know anyone who doesn't love a good biscuit. They're lovely with a cuppa. Somehow they improve something that already makes every situation just that little bit better. There's a biscuit for every occasion. A pink wafer is the "good girl" biscuit in our house. They do their job well as a last resort to calm a tantrum or to simply encourage her to let me get her dressed more quickly when we only have five more minutes until we absolutely must leave the house and the stubbornness (from both of us) has kicked in. When I've had a tough day (or post-tantrum), my biscuit of choice is the Hobnob. Covered in chocolate of course and with a cup of tea. They remind us that if a simple cup of tea and biscuit can taste this good, surely our problems are not so bad after all and that it will all work out in the end. They're also just plain bloody delicious. We can't buy just one pack in our house. We have to have one each. I'm apparently not allowed one of his and vice versa. But then I realise I've run out. He won't miss one, surely... or two... But he does. I think he counts them; I know I do. They're sacred! The thing is, they don't come cheap. Unless they are on offer, they're an expensive biscuit. Every so often there are a few glorious weeks when Asda sells them for a pound. But it's dangerous. You stock up. You think, I know, I'll fill the cupboard, get enough to last a while and avoid paying full price. But then they're sitting in the cupboard. Do they last? Are you kidding? Not a chance! So how can we get around spending half our salaries on hobnobs? Make them ourselves, that's how. I wasn't sure they'd be any good, surely you can't get better than McVities, but homemade can definitely hold their own. And with the added bonus of making them as big as you want, I prefer them. Below is my recipe for hobnobs. I have experimented with the recipe and I am now happy with it. I hope you enjoy them, any feedback is more than welcome.

Homemade Hobnobs
Ingredients:
125g porridge oats (larger oats are better, I actually find Asda's Savers Oats to be the best for this recipe)
125g strong brown flour
125g brown sugar
115g margarine
100ml vegetable oil
1 tbsp. golden syrup
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tbsp. hot water
150g milk or dark chocolate
Cling film
Method:
  1. Mix the porridge oats, strong brown flour and brown sugar in a bowl.
  2. Place the margarine, vegetable oil and golden syrup in a saucepan and heat over a low to medium heat until the margarine melts and the mixture becomes a liquid.
  3. Add the bicarbonate of soda to the saucepan and mix.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Lay a piece of cling film on the counter and using your hands, bring the mixture into a ball then make into a log shape on the cling film. Make the log as wide as you want your hobnobs to be.
  6. Wrap the dough tightly lengthways. Twist the cling film at the ends of the sausage as much as you can so you end up with a compact, air tight log. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  7. When you want to bake the biscuits, preheat the oven to 180C.
  8. With a sharp knife cut the dough into discs through the plastic, discarding the ends or use them as "test" biscuits. Each disc should be about 1 cm wide. Place on a baking tray about 2cm apart.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until they become golden brown. Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes then remove on to a cooling rack.
  10. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over gently simmering water. Using a knife, spread the chocolate on to the hobnobs and allow the chocolate to set before eating.
  11. Make a cup of tea.
  12. Eat with tea.
  13. Feel troubles melt away.
  14. Feel smug that you made extra large hobnobs and therefore having only two like you promised yourself is that bit more satisfying.
PS. I promise the next blog is not 2 months away like this one was! I returned to work after maternity leave and wow does it hit you hard! MANY hobnobs were consumed, I assure you.


 


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