“[Sansa] drank a glass of buttermilk and nibbled at some sweet biscuits as she waited, to settle her stomach.” -Game of Thrones
Modern Sweet Biscuits
The traditional sweet biscuit is shortbread at its very very best. Burrbrede, or shortbread, is a traditional Scottish flour confectionery, made from three ingredients. Although a proper recipe wasn’t memorialized in a cookbook till 1736, shortbread has been a Scottish treat since at least the 12th century. Perfect with tea or a glass of cold milk, these biscuits are difficult to stop eating. Soft, flaky texture, and just a bit chewy eaten straight from the oven, these biscuits get an enormous stamp of approval from us!
The modern biscuits are our take on the glorious Hobnob, king of all chocolate biscuits. Clearly we’re big fans, and these home made hobnobs shape up pretty well. A bit more rustic and oaty than the store bought variety, they are equally as delectable when dipped in hot tea. This batch filled our biscuit jar, and were gone in record time!
- 3 cups flour
- 4 1/2 sticks cold butter, cut into cubes
- 1 heaped cup sugar
Cooks note: Shortbread is traditionally made in three shapes: rounds, or bannocks, rectangular fingers, and triangular “peticoat tails”, the favorite of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Modern Sweet Biscuits
- 2 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups rolled oats (not quick oats!)
- 2.5 sticks of butter (~250g)
- 1 Tbspn golden syrup (or light corn syrup)
- 1 Tbspn very hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 5 oz. bittersweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 F and grease or cover pan with parchment paper.
Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and oats. In a small saucepan, melt the butter then remove from heat. Stir in the golden syrup. In a small bowl, mix the baking soda with the hot water, then stir into the butter mixture. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place on the baking sheet, leaving about an inch on all sides of each cookie to allow for spreading. Gently flatten the balls slightly, they will flatten more when baked. Bake for 10 minutes or till golden. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes. The move the cookies to a wire rack and bake the next batch.
For the chocolate topping, break the chocolate into small chunks and place in a small bowl. The easiest way to melt the chocolate is to microwave it for 1 minute, and stir till it all melts. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds if needed. Dip the bottom of each biscuit in the chocolate, and place on a baking sheet, chocolate side up. Allow chocolate to set overnight. Enjoy with a cup of tea for dunking! Makes about 20 biscuits.