Sweet treats definitely required…

Sandy and I have been pretty down in the dumps this week – having realised that we haven’t got the time, or the spare money, to afford our much-hoped-for break at the end of this month. It’s the right decision, but you know how sometimes the right decision can make you feel really really rubbish..? And it makes me feel very sad that, through a combination of bad timing, terrible weather, and tricky financial times, we haven’t managed to get our tent out at all this year…

So.. deep breath….

We needed a good day today. The weather complied and we spent a lovely couple of hours in the garden this afternoon, and I got some really productive baking and sewing done too. AND we needed a little something, guaranteed to be delicious, to have with our morning coffee (it’s the little things that count, yes?). These crunchy, fruity biscuits absolutely fit the bill, and I thought I’d share, just in case there’s anyone else out there who needs a bit of perking up..


Sultana and Oat Biscuits

(makes 20-24)

100g butter (or dairy free alternative)
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp milk
75g plain flour
1/2 level tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
75g oats
75g granulated sugar
75g sultanas

  • Preheat oven to 150C/Gas Mark 2, and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment
  • Measure butter and syrup into a pan and heat gently until melted.
  • Put the flour and bicarb in a bowl, add the oats, sugar and sultanas, and stir to combine.
  • Stir the milk into the butter and syrup mix, then stir into the dry ingredients, very thoroughly.
  • Put the bowl in the fridge to cool for about 5 minutes. Then take heaped teaspoons of the mixture and put them on the trays, leaving room for them to spread.
  • Bake for 12-18 minutes (they were done in 12 minutes in my fan oven). Leave on the trays to cool for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Store in an airtight tin.

Enjoy the rest of your evening… we’ve had a great time already, eating our Saturday tea in front of the telly, roaring with laughter and the daftness of Total Wipeout.. It is the little things..

15 thoughts on “Sweet treats definitely required…

  1. It is hard having to make boring and sensible decisions, emphasises that you are definitely a grown up too and can’t just throw caution to the wind but little things like time at home and good food go a long, long way- and biscuits too- I have already pinned the recipe !

  2. I am sorry you’re not going to get away. 🙂 so finders crossed the holiday fund goes well and you have a lovely break next year. The cookies sound wonderful, but we’re still eating Brookie that I made on Thursday, so probably no more sweet treats just yet! And Total Wipeout is so much fun – it is the only programme that my three very different children agree on and eagerly look forward to.

  3. Having read your blog I thought there was no time like the present and dashed into the kitchen to make these. The verdict is …. they are very easy to make but, more importantly, they taste delicious and I just had to eat four on the trot!! I shall definitely be storing this recipe way for future use – thank you for sharing it.

  4. those biscuits look yummy – thanks for sharing!
    And Total Wipeout is the funniest thing on telly. I don’t laugh out loud like that to anything else. The giant balls!!!!!!

  5. Sorry you’ve been a bit sad. I think you should put the tent up in the garden and have a mini-camping festival at home. Best way to camp if you ask me – being outdoors, but can nip in for essentials …like a bed!

  6. Thanks for the recipe. Glad the sun shone today and you could enjoy your garden (something we have not managed all year). Somehow things don’t seem as bad when it’s sunny. Lovely Autumnal walks just around the corner? I hope so.

  7. Thanks for the lovely recipe (sound gorgeous, could eat a few now actually!) – have forwarded it to my daughter as well, for the little people to take to nursery/school for snack time.

    1. Thanks Helen – they are really good biccies. My godmother used to make them for me when I was a little person. Of course, one of my finickity boys decided he didn’t like them…! At least that meant more for us. 🙂

  8. Hi Ali, great recipe – will definitely be making these. You know what Ali, it is soooo the little everyday little things that matter in life – just going for a lovely walk and listening to the lovely sounds around, having a lovely cup of coffee sat in your garden and breathing in the fresh air and feeling the warmth of the sun on you face – little things!!! and don’t worry there will be other times to go camping – as my dear mum used to say ‘this too will pass’ applies to both good and bad, and she was right xxxx

    1. Oh Jane, thank you so much… you’ve made me a bit tearful actually. We are going to start a dedicated holiday fund for next year, so that we can make sure that there is always a little something ready for us to take advantage of the slightest bit of sunshine. You’re so right about sitting in the sun with a cup of coffee. Thanks again. xx

      1. Didn’t want to make you tearful Ali – very good idea about the holiday fund – little and often and it will soon mount up. How about having a look around your house for any bits and bobs to sell on eBay, you’d be surprised how it all adds up. I’ve just started doing exactly the same thing!! Xxxxx

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