We awoke this morning and the winds were incredibly strong, moving the boat around and bashing it into the side of the bank :(
It's also been so, so cold today. Our weather station was showing temperatures of about 1.5 degrees all day but with the winds, it really did feel arctic! The winds are still strong now and are set to get worse later tonight. The snow has also started here again and it's supposed to be really heavy later tonight. Just looking out the window now, the snow flakes look the biggest they ever have... I'm sure they're the size of saucers :D
There was nothing else I wanted to do today apart from stay on the boat. So I tried a recipe for a jammy biscuit...
A Jammy Biscuit!
I gave this a try today and have to say that I was pleased with the results... I did make them slightly too big I think, which led me to leaving them in the oven that little bit longer, causing more of the jam to bubble and roll down the sides than I liked.
However, it was really nice! If nothing else, I've discovers a really great biscuit base recipe. You could do all sorts with it. I thinking next time, I'll make the biscuits but not out the jam in...then just dip them in melted chocolate and chopped mixed nuts so its like a florentine cookie!
* 200g self raising flour
* 100g caster sugar
* 100g butter, use room temperature for ease
* 1 egg
* 12 tsps of jam
1. Preheat your oven to Gas mark 5 and take all your ingredients out.
2. In a large mixing bowl, measure out your flour, sugar and butter and rub the butter into the sugar/flour so it resembles breadcrumbs.
I found that it was actually better to use room temperature butter that was soft, rather than butter from a fridge that can be really difficult to rub into the flour for this - it made it a lot quicker!
3. Next, add just enough egg to make a stiff mixture that comes away clean from the bowl. Then, shape the dough into a sausage shape which is about 5cm in diameter.
4. Cut the 'sausage' into rings - around 1.5-2cm thick. You should get around 12 biscuits
5. Place the biscuits on a baking tray and make an indentation with either the end of a wooden spoon or your finger! The indent should be big enough to accommodate a teaspoon of jam.
6. Add your teaspoons of jam to each biscuit!
7. Pop them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, they should be just turning golden and have risen ever so slightly, with a slight 'cracked' appearance
These didn't look perfect, but that's life - they tasted good though and were still a bit soft in the middle like a good cookie!
I think the new chilli plant was impressed with them too! :D
Brilliant with a coffee and dead quick to make!