Baking: Oat & Date Bars

oat&dates

I have to admit I made this up as I went along and didn’t measure a thing so am trying to think how much would be appropriate, I think I possibly had too much butter so feel free to reduce that!

Ingredients
10-15 pitted dates soaked in hot water, it allowed me to take their chewy skins off!
Two handfuls of oats
1tbsp of Ground Almonds
1tbsp of Honey
2tbsp of Butter
1tsp of cocoa powder (okay I admit I used hot chocolate..!)
75g Chopped Nuts
50g Chocolate Drops

– Firstly I soaked the dates for 10-15 minutes, then the water was cool enough for me to rub the skins off.
– I melted the butter and honey together
– I put all the dry ingredients plus the dates into a mixing bowl and gently mixed them together before adding the melted butter and honey mix
– I rubbed a glass dish with butter to stop stickage but I imagine using baking paper would be far easier!
– I bunged in a hot oven (180C-ish) for 10-15 minutes until the top started to burn(!)

Leave to cool before slicing them as it allows the butter to harden and they don’t fall into a gooey mess!

This gave me 8 delicious bars… don’t ask how many calories… they had dates in it! They were truly healthy!

Gym Bunny Mummy

Bero Sticky Blobs

I first posted this recipe back in 2012 but I was very keen to join in Gym Bunny Mummy‘s new linky; Sunday Sweets so here it is again!

Bero Sticky Blobs

Recipe:

225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour
100g (4oz) Butter/Margarine
100g (4oz) Caster Sugar
1 Medium Egg
pinch of salt
milk to mix
Jam

1. Heat oven to 200C and grease a baking tray
2. Mix the flour of the salt, rub in fat and stir in the sugar
3. Mix to a stiff dough with the egg and the milk
4. Roll into small balls and press your thumb into them to create a dip
5. Fill with jam or as we did below honey!
6. Bake for approx. 15 minutes until golden brown

One of my favourite things to bake because it’s so easy!

stickyblobs

#SundaySweets

Banana Cake

As an avid Great British Bake Off watcher, I felt inclined to do some baking this week (although I am pretty terrible at it).

I had some bananas that were over ripe (smushy!) so decided that banana loaf – or cake – would be just the thing!

I used this recipe:

BBC Brilliant Banana Loaf

However I’ll detail what I did here as I added other things.

5oz Sugar (I had some light brown sugar left so I put that in and then added castor to make it up to 5 ounces)
5oz Self-Raising Flour
5oz Butter (okay… Stork)
2 Beaten Eggs
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 Bananas
Handful of chopped nuts
Handful of chocolate chips

I preheated my fan oven to 160 celsius, buttered a loaf tin and added a loaf case.

I creamed the sugar and butter together until all the butter was mixed in, I added a wee bit of beaten egg and a bit of flour and stirred it round, then I got bored so threw it all in (including the teaspoon of baking powder) and mixed it all up.

I added the two bananas and smushed them to little pieces.

Then I poured some nuts and chips in, didn’t measure, maybe half a packet of each.

Now the recipe says 30 minutes cooking time, which frankly is a load of bollocks. This batch I think had nearly an hour and was still slightly too moist – but perfectly yummy with my Nescafe Azera.

Mother’s Day 2013

For Mother’s Day we made a huge biscuity thing in the shape of a heart!  It uses the Bero Sticky Blob Recipe found here.

Recipe:

225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour
100g (4oz) Butter/Margarine
100g (4oz) Caster Sugar
1 Medium Egg
pinch of salt
milk to mix

I added chocolate chips to mine!

1. Heat oven to 200C and grease a baking tray
2. Mix the flour of the salt, rub in fat and stir in the sugar
3. Mix to a stiff dough with the egg and the milk

This is where the recipe tells you roll the mix into balls but what I did was to flop it onto the baking tray and carefully mould it into a heart shape.

But as foolproof as it is, I forgot to add the egg and had shoved it into the oven for a few minutes before realising!  Hence the lovely brown colour where the chips had melted!

 

 

Bero Sticky Blobs

Bero Sticky Blobs

Recipe:

225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour
100g (4oz) Butter/Margarine
100g (4oz) Caster Sugar
1 Medium Egg
pinch of salt
milk to mix
jam

1. Heat oven to 200C and grease a baking tray
2. Mix the flour of the salt, rub in fat and stir in the sugar
3. Mix to a stiff dough with the egg and the milk
4. Roll into small balls and press your thumb into them to create a dip
5. Fill with jam or as we did below honey!
6. Bake for approx. 15 minutes until golden brown

One of my favourite things to bake because it’s so easy!

stickyblobs