Thursday 29 November 2012

HobNobbing With The Clergy!

Bob reminded me that this morning he has a group of local ministers coming round for a meeting [coffee and biscuits required]. Slight panic - no biscuits in the house! I remembered that the MSE Forum had an easy recipe for Hobnob-type biscuits. I checked it out – and it required simple ingredients already in the cupboard. So I made a batch. Using my 1” ice cream scoop to portion the mix, I got 61 biscuits spread out on 3 baking sheets. One broke whilst being removed [cook’s perk!] but I reckon 5 dozen biscuits is good going! [Thanks to Twink at MSE for this one]


I priced up my ingredients and added a bit for fuel etc [although I was heating up the oven for something else] and my cost for the batch came in at 90p – for 900g. Best price in the supermarkets is £1 for 300g.

Tasty, easy, and very economical. Here’s the recipe – do try it.

8oz sr flour
8oz sugar
8oz porridge oats
8oz margarine
1tbsp golden syrup
1tbsp hot water
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

Mix the flour, oats and sugar, melt margarine, syrup and water in a pan. Stir in bicarb and add to dry mix.
Then mix well and make into smallish balls which you then put on a greased tray and flatten slightly with a fork. Put in the oven at 180ÂșC for 15 mins... and cool on the tray. The aim is to get them golden in the oven not brown.

I am not leaving all sixty biscuits out for the Revs to eat.


  1. Sounds like what we Aussies call Anzac biscuits. Yum!

  2. I'll second that - this is a great recipe which produces a lovely biscuit which is very popular here. I must get one of these Ice cream scoops if I see one sometime as it seems that it would be useful for portioning things like this; I manage by scooping up a spoonful of the mix and rolling it in my hands before putting it on the tray and then flattening it with a fork, although I admit to not achieving quite as many biscuits as you because mine are tending to be larger. It is a very economical recipe.

    1. I have had mine for years and it has proved worth the money [not least because of the consistency of biscuit size] and I prefer slightly smaller biscuits.

  3. I made these the other day and I agree that they are really good. I have to confess that I put some melted chocolate on mine!

  4. Thank you for this recipe. My husband and I love to cook together and rarely buy biscuits from a shop - we prefer to make our favourite gingerbreads. But this recipe sounds lovely too, I believe we'll soon be trying it out for ourselves.

  5. I can't remember the last time I bought cookies from a store.
    Jane x

  6. glad you enjoyed the biscuits, i read your blog every day
    love Twink from mse

    Marlene x

    1. Your recipe is wonderful, Marlene [aka Twink] thank you again!

  7. Bit late in coming to the party, I made these biscuits the other day for Food Revolution Day. We held a Frugal Food workshop for people who have received a food parcel from the Rossendale Foodbank (RAFT). They went down so well that I have come home with just 1 biscuit left. Husband had to 'taste them' just to make sure that they were OK, non baking daughter wants the recipe.... Thanks! I've written the recipe in my manual 'blog' to pass on to future generations. Well, with three gorgeous grand daughters, there is every chance one of them will bake!


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