I won, I won, I won! :D
And this morning I got my apron in the post! No pics of me in it as yet (and definitely not in the Greek style!) but I'll see what I can rustle up over the weekend!
The Royal Foodie Joust is a monthly event hosted by Jenn the Leftover Queen. Last month the selected ingredients were Sesame, Seafood and Cilantro - and my submission was voted top - an incredible honour.
As well as the prize of an apron, I was allowed to select the three ingredients to be used for the following month's event. I chose whole grains, ginger and citrus.
Check out all the submissions here - and if you have a food blog, be sure to vote next week!
And here is my submission!
Double-Dipped Ginger & Orange Oat Cookies
- 1 orange, juice and zest
- 2 tbsp runny honey
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups wholemeal flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 225g butter
- 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 75g crystalised ginger, chopped
- 100g plain chocolate
Prepare the Cookies...
Mix together the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, ground ginger and chopped crystalised ginger.
In a pan, melt the butter with the honey, orange zest and juice. Once completely melted, add the bicarbonate of soda, stir to mix in, then add to the dry ingredients. Mix well - the mixture should be crumbly, but hold form when squeezed.
I wanted to make small bites rather than huge cookies, so I rolled these into small balls about an inch an a half across. I put them on a lightly greased baking sheet and pressed to flatten slightly. Make sure you leave room for them to spread!
Bake the Cookies...
Pop in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes - do not allow to colour too much!
Take them out of the oven and allow to cool before attempting to move them.
Dip the Cookies...
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in whatever manner you see fit. (Not by chucking it in a pan over direct heat. Trust me - this never works!)
Once the cookies are cooled, dip their bases into the chocolate. Drip off the excess and put onto a flat surface. Put into the fridge until set.
I wasn't happy by the amount of chocolate that clung to my cookies - so I repeated this step - hence double-dipped!
Serve with a good strong coffee. Not for children!