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Friday, July 15, 2005

SHF #10: Honey snaps


I love honey drizzled on toasted crumpets, dolloped onto hot buttered toast, spooned into peppermint tea and used to add a sweet caramelised glaze to everything from roast pumpkin to honey soy chicken wings.

So the theme of honey for this month's Sugar High Friday seemed easy-peasy. Until, as usual, I panicked as I rifled through recipe books, consulted the Internet and put on my thinking cap wondering what on earth I was going to bake that would, as Chairman Kaga would insist, "best highlight the theme ingredient".

As usual, the last book I looked at was my Edmond's Cookery Book, casually flipping through it and not expecting to find anything. And wouldn't you know it--there was the answer staring right back at me. Easy as. No shopping required. Simple and quick. And sounded tooth-achingly enticing. Oh Edmond. I knew there was a reason I treasured you so...

Honey Snaps
From Edmond's Cookery Book

50g butter
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Melt butter, sugar and honey together in a saucepan.
Remove from heat.
Add flour, baking powder, ginger and stir until mixture is smooth.
Drop teaspoon lots onto a cold oven tray, leaving enough room for the mixture to spread to double its size.
Bake at 180C for ten minutes or until golden.
Leave on tray for a few minutes to cool before removing to a wire rack.

Makes 20.

TIPS:
Make only enough batter that you can bake at a time. I tried to make a triple batch (yeah I'm a lazy but greedy cook) and the mixture dried out by the 2nd and 3rd batch (reheating it doesn't help, it only cooks your dough). Really though, this is sooo easy and quick to whip up, that making repeat batches is barely a hassle at all.

THE VERDICT:
YUM! They are just like Brandy Snaps (but without the brandy). Mine were quite gingery as I was deliberately heavy-handed with the ginger but the buttery sugary goodness seems to have caramelised as an almost toffee-like biscuit. You can see that toffee-like goodness by just looking at the number of holes in the biscuit. That's butter baby!

Terribly addictive. Mission successful.

Check out the full wrap-up of Sugar High Friday honey entries by this month's host, Nic from bakingsheet, here.

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 7/15/2005 12:01:00 am


15 Comments:

  • At 7/15/2005 1:10 am, Blogger Clare Eats said…

    These look great.. sooo buttery. The Edmonds cook book rocks! Pity my oven would burn these to within an inch of the toffey goodness selves.. *sigh*

     
  • At 7/15/2005 3:45 am, Blogger Nic said…

    Ooo! Those look tasty! Great entry, A.G. Thanks for participating in this round of SHF!

     
  • At 7/15/2005 4:46 am, Blogger J said…

    hiya, wow! that looks awesome...crisp, buttery and bursting with honeyed goodness...cheers,j

     
  • At 7/15/2005 8:56 am, Blogger tytty said…

    pretty!

    hey, we went to kasturi after reading your post. we had nasi lemak, soto ayam and a plate of kuih (2 each of 3 types) which were all not too bad and presented well. the food were on the right track towards authenticity, but the taste (in terms of spices used and spiciness) were all disappointingly reduced to a milder level.

    thanks, and have a great weekend! yay

     
  • At 7/15/2005 9:08 am, Blogger Kelly said…

    Yum! Looks delicious! I also poked around my recipe books looking for a honey recipe but didn't end up finding anything that tickled my fancy. Of course, I had forgotten about Edmonds! :(

     
  • At 7/15/2005 9:46 am, Blogger deborah said…

    These honey snaps were delicious! I ate half the packet you gave me on Sunday in one hit... and now with the recipe... honey snaps will be all mine for the taking! Thank-u Thank-u :)

     
  • At 7/15/2005 2:52 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Clare Eats - Yeah they were. I always forget about my Edmonds, but it is so great for simple, no-nonsense recipes without any fancy-schmancy variations.

    Hi Nic - Thanks for hosting Nic, and coming up with such a great theme. There should be a great wrap-up of varied entries!

    Hi J - They are highly addictive. And so easy to make too. I love easy recipes!

    Hi Tian - Thanks.

    I can't believe how many people I am sending to Cafe Kasturi (I should have arranged a commission!). Looking back, yes, I'd have to agree the dishes weren't very spicey and were a little on the spicy side.

    Thanks for your input. Any places you recommend for spice factor?

    Hi BrisKJJ - Hehe. I always forget about the Edmonds and then I smack myself for being so remiss when I discover the perfect recipe. For such a small book it really does prove its value per page!

    Hi Saffron - Glad you liked them! I'm surprised you showed such restraint! lol

    I was really impressed by how easy they were to make (have I said that enough times already?). Look forward to seeing your version posted =)

     
  • At 7/17/2005 7:00 am, Blogger Ana said…

    I love thin cookies. They are so elegant. And the recipe seems sinfully easy to make. I also like the picture very much.

     
  • At 7/17/2005 3:32 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Ana - Thanks for your comment! I love thin cookies too. They do lend an air of sophistication don't they? But I also think that thin cookies tend to be sweeter as they're more caramelised too!

    The recipe is so so easy to make. This is one recipe that anyone could make, with ingredients that should easily be on-hand. I think everyone should get snap-happy! =)

     
  • At 7/19/2005 2:00 am, Blogger Jennifer said…

    These cookies are the epitomy of honey, my friend. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us for SHF! I'm going to be trying these out sometime soon, for sure.

     
  • At 7/19/2005 7:59 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Jennifer - SHF's have been great for unlocking/justifying my sweet tooth! Thanks so much for coming up with this event!

    I hope you enjoy making these. Warning: they are very addictive! =)

     
  • At 10/14/2005 7:28 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They really look beautiful. And so simple! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :-)

     
  • At 10/14/2005 5:43 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Anonymous - It's a great way to showcase the delights of honey. Glad you liked the recipe. I hope you try it sometime!

     
  • At 1/18/2008 6:30 pm, Blogger ε=ε>cella<=ε=ヾ(э^・ェ・^)э said…

    wow sounds yum!
    what difference would it make if i put margarine instead of butter?
    thanks!

     
  • At 1/19/2008 6:56 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Cella - You could certainly have a go trying! Let me know how they taste.

     

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