Thursday, 28 August 2008

RFJ: Double-Dipped Ginger & Orange Oaty Bites

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
Heat your oven to 175c.

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!

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Anonymous said...

These look great! I am a total sucker for oatmeal cookies, as well as a big fan of chocolate and orange together. Yum!

Adam said...

Chocolate dipped oatmeal cookies? Awesome work Kittie. Oatmeal is one of my fav cookies, and the ginger and chocolate are going to have it going for gold :)

Dee said...

YES! The cookies are a winner!
But no Greek modelling... aww (insert dirty laugh here).

I do hope you get down to this part of the world - let me know how I can help.

noobcook said...

beautiful creation ... congratulations on your win! ;)

kittie said...

Croquecamille - me too... I reckon the oatmeal makes 'em healthy ;)

Thanks Adam... they were quite addictive really... I almost didn't manage to take pics!

Thanks Dee - I really hope I do too - and getting excited about it already!

Thanks noob - i was jumping around when I first heard!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those bites look delicious! What fantastic little cookies! A great combo!



JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those look awesome Kittie! I love these. I wish I could have one right now...guess I'll have to make them! :)

So glad you got the apron and I cannot wait to see the pics!

Dragon said...

Congratulations and I think I'll be saying that again after next week's voting. These look amazing, my dear!

Life for Beginners said...

Cool beans! Glad I found your blog. I'm a huge fan of oatmeal cookies and anything chocolate goes down so well with me...

More, please? ;)

Foodycat said...

These are a fantastic looking biscuit! Wow! I mean WOW!

nicisme said...

Those cookies look awesome, I am trying not to lick my screen here!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Congrats! Those cookies are beautiful. And lol, I think Peter set the bar high--its really the only way to show off the apron. ;-)

Psychgrad said...

Congratulations on winning! I also really like what you're doing with your blog - looks great.

kittie said...

Thanks Rosa!

Hey Jenn! I'd send one over if I could - but I don't think they would travel that well ;)

Thanks Dragon! Ps. talking of amazing - I made your roast corn/lime/chilli butter last night... YUM!!! Will post it soon!

Hi Kenny - thanks for stopping by! I'll see what I can do ;)

Woo hoo - someone else who calls them biscuits! :D Thanks Foodycat!

nicisme - glad you like them - trust me they taste better than your screen!

Cheers Mike - and I'll bear that in mind ;)

Thanks Psychgrad - it's definitely getting there now!

glamah16 said...

Very nice. You had me stumpd with the ingrediants.

Mallow said...

Ooooo! I'll be making these! They remind me of all those biscuits I ate while in Scotland, but can't find here! (Ginger Nuts, HobNobs...yum!)

kittie said...

ooops, sorry coco!

mallow - where did you live in Scotland?? I posted up a hobnob recipe a couple of months ago if you're interested!

Peter M said...

Congrats on the win, wee lass...well deserved!

I expect only the most lascicious of photo of you in the apron! lol

Jeanne said...

Chocolate? Ginger? Oats? I'm sold! These look fantastic and I've bookmarked them :)