My mum was a great cook and incredible baker. The things she produced from her little electric stove were delicious. She was renowned in the small village we called home. Neighbors (and the local Vicar) loved to pop in for a cuppa, in the hopes that she had baked.
When her grand kids visited, the first thing the did was open the biscuit barrel (cookie jar), to see what she had made.
One of their favorite recipes is included in this blog, with a slight adjustment, as I can’t give away a family recipe. Everyone called these cookies ‘Aunty Hilda Biscuits’, which irritated my mum intensely. Aunty Hilda lived on a farm, so we loved to visit her, and although she always gave us these cookies, my mum claimed the recipe originated from her, and not Aunty Hilda. Of course this made us laugh and the name ‘Aunty Hilda Biscuits’ stuck. It didn’t cause a real family feud, but my mum never ate these cookies at my Aunty Hilda’s house ever again in protest. The recipe is included below. Remember these are ‘English Style’ so they are a little crunchy rather than soft.
Why am I putting a recipe on my blog? It’s part of the tapestry of my life, and who I am, just like my stories.
Family Feud Cookies (Aunty Hilda Biscuits)
4 0zs Sugar
1 oz shredded coconut
1/2 tablespoon light corn syrup (or one tablespoon golden syrup if you are lucky enough to have some)
1/2 tablespoon dark corn syrup
5 ozs self rising flour
4 0zs oats (I prefer to uses Coaches Oats)
Scant handful of broken pecans or sliced almonds.
1/2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a tablespoon of milk (bicarbonate of soda if you are in Europe)
If you live at altitude like me, heat oven to 355 degrees and allow approx 15 minutes to cook. They are cooked when the top is golden brown, and the underside slightly darker.
If you are at sea level, these can be cooked in 8 – 10 minutes at 350
Melt butter, syrup and sugar in a pan slowly, do not boil.
Add baking soda and milk.
Mix together flour, oats and pecans/almond slices and add to the mixture in the pan.
Form into walnut sized balls on a greased baking tray.
Flatten slightly with a fork and bake for required amount of time, until golden in color.
Delicious family feud cookies to enjoy with (or without) a cup of tea.
For a short while longer, my short stories (see links below) will be available on Amazon. When I finish my first novel (Preview) Dead of July I will remove the short stories for re-editing. As I grow as a writer, I realize the stories were enjoyable, but I need to do a better job of editing them.
Hope you enjoy the cookies. It is with thanks to my niece Adele, that I still have this recipe. I lost my little green handwritten recipe book during my move to the US in 1995. Luckily she still had a copy.
Munch a biscuit and read about my mum in the short stories which are still available.