Today was a lovely sunny day and a much-needed boost for me to get baking my Oat Cream Biscuits in the kitchen.
Since Mr.CBB shared his version of a Starbucks Lemon Loaf last Sunday I thought I would share my little hidden gem of a secret today.
I was up early making bread, Apple sauce and my version of HobNobs that I remember enjoying as a child in Scotland.
First off, we say biscuits instead of cookies in the UK so don’t get them confused as they are the same thing.
Biscuits in Canada are also known as scones which can make it equally as confusing but don’t worry it’s fairly simple to understand.
What are HobNobs?
McVitie’s HobNobs are a British biscuit that you can buy in Canada at local British shops but are quite expensive. You can also buy them at the Bulk Barn and I’ve seen them at Walmart in the small British section that they offer.
I’m sure there are other places you can purchase them if you source out the small shops in your area that carry international foods.
HobNobs are generally a plain oat biscuit or you can get the chocolate version which is a layer of chocolate on one side or sprinkled with chocolate chips.
There’s also HobNobs Dark Cream, Chocolate Creams and Vanilla Creams where two HobNobs are sandwiched with a creamy centre like I’m going to make for you today.
HobNobs are crunchy which are similar to what you might know as a Dad’s Oatmeal cookie… but better. If you know me if I can make it at a cheaper price I will.
Secret Oat Cream Biscuits recipe
My Oat Cream Biscuits are filled with oats to create that Oaty HobNob texture. I’ve paired my oat biscuits with a creamy chocolate butter filling. This recipe will make 24 plain Oat Biscuits or 12 Oat Cream Biscuits.
On average a packet of biscuits can set you back (these are brand named) $3 a packet. I can tell you now that these Oat Cream Biscuits are nowhere near that price!
I buy all my ingredients when they are on sale such as flour $5.99 for a 10kg bag, oats $2.99 for a 5kg bag, butter and lard usually get down to around $2.99 a lb.
As you can see it’s worth baking homemade rather than buying store-bought baked goods. If you stock up on pantry items that you use all the time you will always be able to make biscuits, cookies, scones, bread or cakes with these products for a fraction of the cost.
These Oat Cream Biscuits a.k.a secret HobNobs are so good they won’t last long once they are cooled and ready to eat.
Enjoy my Oat Cream Biscuits plain with a tall glass of milk or as I have done today doubled up and filled them with a chocolate butter icing.
How to make Oat Cream Biscuits
Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden in colour.
- 1/2 cup Lard
- 1/2 cup butter/margarine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 drops of pure vanilla extract
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
- In a bowl cream together the lard, sugar, and butter until well combined.
- Mix in the oats and flour.
- Once everything has combined together roll into 1″ large sized cherries and put on a well-greased baking tray.
- Wet a fork with water and gently press down on each ball to flatten slightly.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and leave to cool before adding filling.
- To make the filling. Cream butter and then gradually add the sifted icing sugar and vanilla essence.
- Beat together well and use to sandwich biscuits together.
- Makes 24 Oat Biscuits or 12 Oat Cream Biscuits
There you have it a simple Oat Cream Biscuit recipe that I’ve created for the HobNob biscuit lover for a fraction of the cost in the supermarket.
Enjoy Nicky x
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