I think I might have already introduced you to Kenny but if not Kenny is the honey man. My great aunt lives on the Sunshine Coast and Kenny lives in the house behind her. He keeps bees that make the most delicious honey you’ve ever tasted.
Whenever mum goes to visit her aunt she always pops over to Kenny’s house to buy some honey. I think he works on an honor system. He leaves a crate of recycled glass jars filled with liquid gold outside his house.
On top of each jar is a little sticker with the price ranging from $2 to $5 for the really big jars and you just leave your money in place of the honey.
On mum’s last visit, she returned with the entire contents of the crate. I’m not kidding, she bought at least 15 jars. Is there some sort of honey shortage predicted that I didn’t know about? If so I’m all set with my five giant jars of honey.
I can quite easily eat honey straight out of the jar. In fact sometimes when I feel like a little some thing sweet after dinner I have a teaspoon of it.
I’ve also been having a spoon full mixed with cinnamon every day to ward off a cold that is trying, unsuccessfully, to take hold of my head.
I don’t usually eat the whole jar on its own though. Honey is such a versatile ingredient it can be used in sweet and savoury dishes and breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack food.
My latest honey creation was a batch of honey and oat biscuits. I’ve become a little bit obsessed with my Edmonds Cookery book. I scour it every few nights looking for something to make the next day. All the recipes are relatively simple and I haven’t had a failure yet. Quite the opposite, everything I’ve made has turned out delicious.
I used to only like cookbooks with pictures of what the finished product should look like. There is a benefit of not having them though. If you don’t know what it’s meant to look like, you can just assume that your version is perfect.
These biscuits remind me a little bit of ANZAC biscuits. It’s probably just the oats though because the cinnamon gives them quite a different flavour.
Start by beating the butter, sugar and honey together until they are nice and plate and creamy.
Sift in the flour, baking soda and cinnamon and then add the oats beat them through until everything is combined.
Use a tablespoon of dough at a time and roll it into balls leaving at least 3cm between each ball.
The other thing I like about the Edmonds book is that when it says a recipe makes 30 biscuits. It makes 30 biscuits. I’m not all that precise with my dough measuring but it really annoys me when a recipe grossly over or underestimates the quantity it makes.
Carefully press the top of each dough ball down using a floured fork, or you can just use your fingers, they do the job just as well.
Bake the biccies at 160C fan-forced for 15 minutes or until they turn golden.
When they’re nice and golden, leave them to sit in the trays for 5 minutes to firm up.
Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
I think these could almost be called healthy. Honey and cinnamon have cold-fighting powers and oats lower cholesterol. Really they’re just like a multivitamin so have one with your morning cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy!
What about you? When you see a good thing do you stock up?
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Honey and oat biscuits
- 125g (1/2 cup) butter, softened
- 1/2 cup caster (superfine) sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 cup plain AP flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- Pre-heat the oven to 160C (320F) fan-forced and line two baking trays with baking paper or grease them up.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar and honey together until light and creamy.
- Sift in the flour, baking soda and cinnamon and then add the oats and mix until combined.
- Using one tablespoon of dough at a time, roll it into balls and place on the trays leaving 3cm between each one.
- Gently press the tops down using a floured fork or your fingers.
- Bake the biscuits for 15 minutes or until they turn golden.
- Leave them to cool on the trays for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
I’m nearly out of honey.. email me Kenny’s address? :) I’ll go on a road trip scouting honey.
Sure thing Maureen!
Claire, look at these beautiful pictures! You’re very artistic! These cookies look right up my alley and tell your mom it’s a good thing I don’t live near the honey man! We might be having a few fights over that yummy stuff!
Oh Chris you’re so flattering. I think it looks a little like those pictures we did in kindy where you throw a whole lot of glue on the page and then start decorating!
You would love Kenny’s honey!
Honey and oats are such a great combo Claire! Sounds like you and your Mum have quite a bit of honey to work through :D
Yes we do. If you have any good honey recipes please share them!
I really should cook more from the Edmonds cookery book! I usually just make the whitebait fritters. Have you tried those?
I haven’t yet. My friend Amy who gave me the book just asked when I’m going to move on from the baking section!
I’ll have one of your healthy multivitamin biccies please :-)
Coming right up Corrie!
Mmmm honey and oats. Such a great combo. Im a sucker for golden syrup with a spoon haha.
Oh don’t tell me that Nic now I’ll have to try it!