Oat and spelt biscuits - a daydream


Looking out of my office window and gazing over that white carpet of snow makes me wonder how much I would enjoy being snowed in for a few days.
It is minus 8 degrees outside but the sun is shining like she's declaring her will to fill the world with golden beams of light. 



 

I close my eyes, daydreaming of waking up in my small chocolate box cottage in rural England, my whole body warmly tucked under a mountain of gingham and flowery blankets. The sun shining through my frost flower stained windows, the glaring light showing off the fact that I haven't cleaned the windows in weeks - months - Who has time to clean the outside of windows?
With the blankets still wrapped around me I make my way to that window to look outside and see the snow halfway up the door of the cottage on the other side of the road.



Could we be snowed in?


I quickly change into my downstairs pijamas -yes there is such a thing- and try to find out what the situation is. The old red door of the cottage is jammed by the snow, it will need some pushing. I've managed to get it open just far enough to leap outside in my red hunter boots and my big red cape. I realize I must look quite silly wearing my downstairs pijamas with the wellies and the cape but the village folk know me by now… it's Regula, she walks her favorite ginger pig on a lead …

I make my way back to the cottage, open my red door and head back inside. The cats - however a bit suspicious of the snow -  try and run out in the garden - No no no, we are snowed in! Lets put a hearty stew in the oven and snug up on the armchair by the inglenook fireplace. I grab the book I've been meaning to read for ages, a woolen blanket,  a large mug Earl Grey tea and biscuits ... treasuring the silence in my imaginary cottage.

These biscuits are wonderfully crumbly, they are not overly sweet and the oats and spelt make them slightly healthier than your average shortbread or a chocolate chip cookie. 
Oats have a higher concentration of well-balanced protein than other cereals, they are a great source of carbohydrate, which is an important source of energy for the body. All carbohydrates are converted to, and absorbed into the blood in the form of glucose, which is the brain's preferred source of fuel. 


What do you need
120 g soft butter, unsalted
110 g raw cane sugar
170 g rolled oats
170 g spelt flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
4 tablespoons of milk

Method
  • Preheat your oven to 250° Celsius
  • Line two baking trays with baking paper
  • Cream the butter and the sugar in a bowl
  • Mix in the oats thoroughly
  • Add the flour (sifted) and the bicarbonate in batches while you work the dough with your hands
  • Start adding the milk until you get a stiff dough, you might need more or a little less of milk.
  • Turn the dough out on a floured surface and roll out the dough until it's about 0,5 cm thick
  • Use a +- 7 cm ring to cut out round shapes
  • Transfer the cookies to the baking trays and place in the oven for 10 -15 minutes.
  • Cool on the trays before eating them.

Enjoy while you gaze out of your window, watching the birds...

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