Raspberry Roulade

Lesley Holdship - Home Economist, Food Stylist & Recipe Writer

biscuit or cookie?

Sun, Apr 29 2012
The term cookie really irritates me. About the same amount, actually, as when someone calls a cupcake a muffin. There are differences, aren't there? I don't mind any or all of these name tags but it would be great if they were attributed to the correct thing!
I believe that the term biscuit originates from the Middles Ages and from the word bisquite. It also takes roots from the word bescuit which, in somple terms means twice cooked. So in essence the sweet round thing called a biscuit should be crunchy. Cookies are soft. 
I made some really great biscuits today. It was that rain again, it keeps me baking! I also had some oatmeal in my cupboard which I wanted to use up along with cranberries, too and so I decided to get cracking!

makes about 12
prep time 15 minutes
cooking time 12-15 minutes
75g butter
75g soft brown sugar
1/2tsp vanilla extract
75g oatmeal
75g plain flour
75g dried berries

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a baking sheet or 2 with parchment.
Cream the butter and sugar together. I like to use a fork as when you get to the flour stage, it presses in really well. Stir in the vanilla and then pour in the flour and oatmeal.
So, using the fork, press the mixture together vigorously until everything starts to come together in to clumps of dough. Lastly, add the berries and then bring everything together using your hand.
Roll the dough in to bobbles about the size of a walnut and place on to the baking sheet. They will spread, so give them a healthy amount of room! Use a fork to flatten the dough then bake for 12-15 minutes until the biscuits are golden. Serve with a steaming cuppa!

Harley loves having homemade goodies in his lunchbox and it's great as I know exactly what he is eating! Much cheaper than ready made, too!
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