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Oaty Ginger Chocolate Biscuits

Biscuits | 5th October 2014 | By

Ginger in biscuit form is one of my favourites. Last month I made a batch of Delia’s crystallised ginger oat biscuits for a MacMillan coffee morning. It was the first time I’d made ginger biscuits with oats and they were so good I was hard pressed to hand the batch over. Those chunks of chewy flavoursome crystallised ginger raised them to something above a humble oat biscuit and gave a certain air of sophistication. Whatever the reason, I was determined to make a batch for ourselves as soon as possible.

One of the Seed & Bean bars I was sent recently was Just Ginger, a 58% dark chocolate bar flavoured with ginger. It had quite a strong flavour which both CT and I really liked, but I thought I’d try not to demolish the bar immediately and use some of it in these biscuits instead of the crystallised ginger. The chocolate was a strange mix of smooth and grainy, which made for a particularly interesting but not unwelcome texture. Left on the tongue to melt, warmth slowly seeps through the mouth and down the back of the throat and lasts for some time after the chocolate has disappeared. This is yet another dark chocolate bar which gets a big thumbs up from me.

Second time around, I changed Delia’s recipe even more considerably than I did originally, both in quantities used and ingredients. I thought it would be interesting to add lemongrass extract to the mix so used 1 drop of my Holy Lama extract hoping it would give a subtle not, but not be too prominant. It worked perfectly. Annoyingly, I slightly overcooked these, so instead of crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle, they were chewier than I would have liked. Luckily, they were still delicious and unsurprisingly the chocolate substation worked very well. Warming, chewy and flavoursome these make excellent autumnal comfort food. Next time and there will be a next time, I will try them with both chocolate and crystallised ginger and make sure I don’t over bake.

Ginger Chocolate Oaty Biscuts
Yields 20
A warming and tasty ginger biscuit made with oats and spelt flour and optional notes of lemongrass. Simple to make and easy to eat and washing up is minimal.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 120g salted butter
  2. 1 scant tbsp golden syrup
  3. 75g demerara sugar
  4. 1 drop lemongrass extract (optional)
  5. 120g wholemeal spelt flour
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 120g rolled oats
  8. 45g dark ginger chocolate ā€“ chopped
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter and syrup in a large pan over gentle heat.
  2. Remove from the heat, add the sugar and stir.
  3. Add the oats, sift in the flour and baking powder and stir again until just mixed, then stir in the chocolate.
  4. Place heaped teaspoons of the mixture well apart onto a large lined baking tray and press down with the back of the spoon to flatten slightly.
  5. Bake at 180ā„ƒ for about 12-15 minutes when the tops should be golden, but not overly brown. Allow to cool on the tray for a few minutes, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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Comfort food is the theme for this month’s Biscuit Barrel over at I’d Much Rather Bake Than … It’s hard to find a biscuit more comforting than an oaty ginger one, so I am sharing these with Laura.

As these make ideal biscuits for these cool autumnal days and can be made with the kids when it’s wet and miserable outside, I am sending them off to Vanesther at Bangers & Mash for #FamilyFoodies this month where the theme is cooking with kids.

 

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    Laura Huggins
    5th October 2014

    I absolutely love the name of your blog and these biscuits look awesome!

    Laura x x x

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    Mellissa Williams
    5th October 2014

    I have to admit I am not a huge fan of ginger bit I do love oats and biscuits! My husband would love these so I have bookmarked the recipe #ukbloggers

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      Choclette Blogger
      5th October 2014

      These biscuits are really versatile Mellissa. You could substitute any spice for the ginger or just use plain chocolate chips.

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    Laura Denman
    5th October 2014

    I’m totally with you on this – these are perfect comforters and I wish I had one to nibble on right now! I love the sound of that chocolate you used. Thanks for entering them into the Biscuit Barrel =)

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    Tammy
    6th October 2014

    Oooh my don’t these look good! I love sweet ginger…these are perfect for the holidays coming up.

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    The Yogi Vegetarian
    6th October 2014

    Thanks for sharing-these look amazing- I adore ginger and chocolate. I must try to veganise the recipe asap!

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      Choclette Blogger
      6th October 2014

      So simple to veganise the recipe, just swap coconut oil for the butter. Coconut oil makes fantastic biscuits.

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    Johanna GGG
    6th October 2014

    these look a little like anzacs that I grew up on but a lot fancier – I do love an oaty biscuit and think the idea of this chocolate in them is lovely

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      Choclette Blogger
      6th October 2014

      Thanks Johanna. I don’t think I’ve ever had an anzac. I keep meaning to make some, but like so many others on my must make list, I haven’t got around to it yet!

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    Janice Pattie
    6th October 2014

    mmm chocolate and ginger is a match made in heaven and I do like an oaty cookie, nice work missus!

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    Kate Glutenfreealchemist
    6th October 2014

    These are perfect for the changing weather….. they sound wonderfully warming and look like a whole batch will be devoured in one sitting! Yum yum!!

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      Choclette Blogger
      7th October 2014

      Kate, these were delicious, but with the best will in the world, I think anyone would be hard pressed to eat the whole lot in one go – even CT!

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    bangers-and-mash.com
    18th October 2014

    I’d have found it very hard to hand these bad boys over. I think I’d have eaten the entire batch in one sitting – easily! A lovely entry for this month’s #FamilyFoodies challenge. Thanks so much for linking up šŸ™‚

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