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Probably taken aback slightly by my response she asked again, "Are you sure you wouldn't like tea?" to which I responded while pointing to my half-filled tea cup "I still have some left", a little embarrassed by my lack of tea-drinking speed.
That was when my husband, Daniel, intervened to explain what "tea" my mother-in-law was offering. She was not referring to drinking tea, of course. Instead, she was referring to "tea as a meal" which is a light meal consisting of cakes, crisps, cookies, finger food and sandwiches. That was one of my first British Culture 101 lesson.
To create the feeling of "Britishness" at home, I do make tea occasionally. Last weekend, I made some lovely Chewy Oats & Raisins cookies which I found on BBC Good Food. These cookies are meant to be slightly chewy and go really well with a hot cup of tea in the afternoon. Here is an adaptation of the recipe and I hope you will like it.
- 100g butter
- 70g caster sugar
- 100g all-purpose flour
- 160g porridge oats
- 100g raisins
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
Instructions (Baking time - 16 minutes)
- Heat the oven to 180 C. Grease a large baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, use an electric whisk to mix the butter and caster sugar together until soft.
- Add the eggs and cinnamon powder and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, oats, baking powder and raisins together. Make sure they are well mixed before adding it to the butter mixture with a spatula.
- Scoop tablespoonfuls of cookie dough onto the baking sheet and bake for 16 minutes (the cookies should be slightly browned, so do keep an eye on them).
- Remove from oven once they are cooked but DO NOT remove cookies from tray. Give the cookies a couple of minutes to cool slightly and settle before moving them to a cooling tray to cool completely.
I reduced the amount of sugar in the original recipe because the raisins I use are already very sweet. Some people who tried this recipe said that its texture was more like a cake rather than a cookie. Well, it is meant to be a little more on the soft side. So if you are looking for a crispy cookie recipe, this would definitely not be your cup of tea. (Note to self: bake more cookies)
It could be my oven, but baking for 10-12 minutes as per the original recipe definitely was not long enough for my cookies. They were slightly undercooked. Also, baking them a few minutes more will give you a more crispy texture.