For those who requested the recipe for the Biscuit Mix Gift Jar, here it is.
I added some dried fruit for a little chewy textural component, but this can be omitted of course.
I’ve decided to make some of these jars up, not only as gifts but also to have on hand when I need to make a little something sweet to enjoy with a cuppa.
It’s so quick and easy – this might just become a pantry staple.
At time of baking you could add other flavourings such as grated orange, lemon or lime rind – about 2 teaspoonfuls, or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon..
You could add some chopped walnuts for extra crunch too, or press a few almond slivers or flakes gently into the surface of each biscuit before they go into the oven.
Anyway, as I said, here is the recipe:
Biscuit Mixture Gift Jar
In a one litre jar, neatly layer:
1¼ cups self raising flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup M&Ms or Smarties or similar
1 cup small choc dots
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
½ cup sugar
½ cup dried fruit (such as sultanas or dreid cranberries)
½ cup desiccated coconut
Extra choc dots (if they will fit)
Screw down the lid and attach a label, or a little envelope, with the following instructions:
At time of baking, transfer contents of this jar to a bowl, mix well, then add:
2 eggs, lightly whisked
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or essence)
125g butter, melted
Stir until thoroughly combined. Leave to stand 5 minutes.
Roll into balls (about 2 teaspoonful size), place on greased or baking paper-lined trays, allowing room for spreading.
Flatten each of them slightly.
Bake in a moderate oven for approximately 15 minutes until biscuits are golden brown. Repeat with remaining mixture.
Store cooled biscuits in an airtight container.
Makes approximately 2 dozen.