Something happens to a woman when she has kids. It's like my kids don't see me as a person, but a walking snack dispenser! I know the mums know what I'm talking about! I don't understand how a child, who weighs 15kg can constantly be hungry while eating 12 meals a day? Well I have adapted a Date and Oat biscuit recipe to include lots of goodies that really fill up bellies and prove popular with kids and adults alike.
I've never really been a baker. Baking is a science, you really have to follow the rules or like me, you'll have some disasters in the kitchen. Even though I know all this, for some reason I find it really hard to read a recipe and stick to it. I just can't help myself! I don't know if it's because I think I know better, or I'm too lazy to head to the shops to pick up the 2 extra eggs the recipe calls for, surely 1 egg will do right? Wrong! What I have learned is that there are certain elements of a recipe you can't mess with (like butter, eggs, flour), and some things you can (like flavourings). I am all about cooking to your own taste and what you have in the pantry (or what is on special at the supermarket!) so live a little and experiment with this one. It's a really forgiving recipe and even though I make it slightly different every time, I haven't stuffed it up yet!
“The oats, nuts and seeds can all be substituted for whatever you fancy, as long as these items add up to a total of 3 and 1 third of a cup.”
Date, Oat, Nut and Seed Biscuits adapted from a Taste.com.au recipe
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes: 14 Large biscuits
3/4 Cup of Pitted Dried Dates, chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Bicarb Soda
3 Tablespoons Boiling Water
1/2 Cup Caster Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Plain Flour
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon (able to substitute)
1 Cup Slithered Almonds (able to substitute)
1 Cup Pepitas (able to substitute)
1 1/3 Cups Rolled Oats (able to substitue)
Step 1- In a bowl, combine the dates, bicarb soda and boiling water. Allow to soak for 10 min while you continue on.
Step 2- Cream together the butter and sugars using a mix master or electric beaters. Add in the egg.
Step 4- Now using a wooden spoon, mix in the rest of the ingredients and the soaked dates. The mixture should be a sticky dough.
Step 4- Roll into balls about 1 heaped tablespoon in size, and place on a lined baking tray, allowing plenty of space to spread. I like a chewy biscuit so I only flatten the balls slightly.
Step 5- Bake at 180c for 12-15 min until golden. Cool on a rack.