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Friday, October 28, 2016

Biscuits, bread and broccoli

When my children are older and have ventured out into the big wide world I hope they always remember the aroma of freshly baked biscuits from our house.  I cook bread, cakes and the occasional slice but biscuits are top of my baking list.  I find they store and freeze easily, travel well, they don’t need cutting and they are perfectly acceptable without sticky icing or filling. 

Lately I have been experimenting with a recipe based on basic Anzac biscuits from this cookbook.  Firstly I tried the addition of dark chocolate.  The warm golden syrup gently melted the chocolate during the mixing process and the results were an immediate hit with our young biscuit connoisseurs. 


Secondly, I baked a batch of traditional Anzac biscuits for a school P&C function. I prefer my biscuits on the crunchy side so I left these in the oven until they were thoroughly golden.  


Given my obsession with baking there are times when I think that perhaps our sugar and butter consumption is a little on the high side.  I omitted the sugar completely from this batch and added a handful of chopped, dried apricots and sunflower seeds.

In this case the young biscuit testing crew sniffed out the lack of sugar immediately, declaring the dark chocolate variety much tastier.  The sugar free biscuits were flakier but I enjoyed their oaty texture with the occasional chunk of apricot, just to keep my sweet tooth happy.


When it comes to sourdough, my children both prefer individual rolls rather than slices of bread.  I intentionally removed these rolls from the oven before they became too brown because soft white rolls are perfect for small hands and easy lunches.  



In other news, I have broccoli that has self sown growing strongly in completely random places in my garden.  Sometimes broccoli is more attractive to my children served with a little bowl of soy sauce.  I am not sure if it is the salt, the dipping or the tiny bowls but soy sauce always seems to be a winner.


I don’t adjust all of my cooking just to suit the younger members of the house but it is funny how cooking evolves as our lives move into different stages. 

Wishing you fresh biscuits and pretty light this weekend, friends x

**If you are interested in this biscuit recipe I am happy to email it to you. 

18 comments :

  1. I like my Anzacs crisp around the outside and soft in the middle so they are a bit chewy, funny how we all like them different ways. With the choc mixed in sounds like a great idea. I don't bake nearly as often as I used to, or would like to. The banana cake with cream cheese icing that headed to work this week disappeared fast and the sugar hit was much appreciated.

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    1. Yum, I love banana cake! Thank you for calling in.

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  2. I never tire of seeing your baked goods Jane - your sourdough always inspires me! I have to say those chocolate Anzacs would probably be my favourite too, although I'd readily enjoy all three kinds of biscuits. My Mum recently made a very, very large batch of Anzac biscuits and I enjoyed sampling a few - it must be the season for them.

    Slices are my favourite sweet to bake, and simple tea-cake type of cakes that aren't fussy and don't necessarily require icing.

    I hope you have a good weekend! I'm planning to get my camera out and capture some pretty light while the sun is shining, we've had a lot of cloudy afternoons lately which have been spoiling my favourite photography hour ;-)

    Sarah x

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment Sarah. I hope you took some photos over the weekend...I am sure you would have found some good light somewhere! x

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  3. So would love a copy if the receipe...can't have too much butter and sugar can you?!

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    1. Certainly Bronwen. If you put your email address into a comment I will send it through :)

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  4. Chocolate Anzacs.....who knew? Will be giving these a go soon!

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  5. I suspect that not only will your children remember the aroma of all your baked goods, but baking will be so normal and ingrained that they will bake their own. Maybe I should make sourdough rolls as some of my family aren't keen on slices of sourdough bread- though maybe that has more to do with my bread than the size!
    Can highly recommend the cookbook and often make biscuits and cakes from it!

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    1. It is so great to hear that you are enjoying and using the cookbook. I might use your feedback in some book marketing on Instagram if that is ok?

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  6. Beautiful, Jane. Happy baking and growing.

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  7. All versions of the Anzac biscuit sound equally delicious.

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  8. Your baking always looks so delicious, Jane, and the light in your photos is perfect. If I could reach my hand into the screen and sample one of your biscuits (wouldn't that be great?!) I'd go for the chocolate :-) Your children are receiving a great baking heritage.

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  9. chocolate in Anzacs! I am usually a traditionalist when it comes to Anzacs...but you could persuade me with thee, jane ... :-)

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  10. My kids prefer bread rolls too Jane. Crusts always seem to be forsaken if I give them a sandwich but rolls the whole lot gets hoovered up. Why? Its the same bread!

    Biscuits are staple round here too.

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  11. Your baking looks so wonderful ♥

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane