Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A secret ingredient . . .

Secret ingredients are fun and I have a couple of recipes with very strange, random secret ingredients that nobody can guess. The following recipe is one of these and I originally found it in a random book that I picked up in the library. As usual I was choosing my books by their covers and this one was yellow and called 'the lemon meringue pie murder'. Obviously, it was a murder mystery. The main character was of course not a detective of any kind but just an ordinary person who has a strange habit of coming across murder scenes and then solving the crime. The main twist to this book is that the sleuth is a baker and owns a cafe, and each book (because there are actually many though I have only read one) contains a handful of recipes. The original recipe is named 'Mystery Cookies' but I have changed it a lot so I changed the name as well.

As for the secret ingredient? People go for ages trying to guess this one and they always begin with really obvious and clearly not secret things like cinnamon and oats. No; if I call something a secret ingredient you know it's going to be really weird. It turns out though that you should wait till everyone has finished eating before you let the cat out of the bag because some people are so fussy that they will refuse to eat any more even though they can't taste it. So what is it? You will just have to read on ...

Healthy Mystery Biscuits

2 cups wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup oats
1 3/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup sultanas
60 grams butter
1 egg
120 grams canned tomato soup (the plain condensed type, definitely no extra flavours)

As always begin by preheating the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a baking tray with non-stick paper..

Like all oat biscuits (that I make at least) this is a really easy recipe, it's got like three steps and that's it. So, in a large bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients: sift the spice and baking soda, then add the flour oats, sugar and sultanas. You can add a cup of crushed walnuts too if you like (I don't much like walnuts that's why I left them out)

Melt the butter over low heat or in the microwave. Add the tomato soup and mix together well. Whisk in the egg. Tip the liquid into the dry ingredients and give it a good mix - for oat biscuits you may have to use your hands to really combine everything.

Roll the mixture into balls and placeon the tray, about 12 or 16 should fit on each tray. Sometimes they spread out and sometimes they don't, I'm not entirely sure why. Bake for 15 minutes, and then enjoy! Seriously, they taste good. You can't taste anything weird, just sugar and spice!


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