Anyone for apple biscuits? From glorious weather, to weather that you can hardly stand up in because the wind has boon blowing so hard. These two extremes are a complete sample of winter gardening. This last week I have found that I have only been outside to do the bare necessities and that I have opted for cooking autumn recipes in the warmth of my kitchen.

And windy weather means that 'Fall' lives up to its name.  This means that there are plenty of apples ot be had.  So, here is a recipe for some of the remaining apples, yes I still have some under the apple trees that I can cook with.

Apple Biscuits

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These biscuits are delicious at tea time with a nice cup of tea or you can use them to jazz up a bowl of ice cream.


6oz (175g) butter – soft is better

3oz (75g) caster sugar

3oz (75g) light brown sugar

1 egg – large

½ tsp vanilla essence

8oz (225g) plain flour

½ tsp salt

½ tsp bicarbonate of Soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 cooking apples


Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes Makes 20 biscuits

1. Turn the oven on to 150°C, 300°F, Gas mark 2 (low - medium sort of heat).

2. Grease a baking sheet or two with butter.

3. Put the butter and all the sugar into an electric mixer or bowl if doing it by hand and beat until soft and creamy.

4. Slowly add the egg and vanilla essence.

5. When this is mixed in add the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon.

6. Peel the apples, and then grate them with a cheese grater.

7. With your hands squeeze the juice out of the grated apples. When you have done this add the apple to the mixture.

8. Mix it all in then, roll the slightly sloppy dough into large balls, flatten them and place them quite far apart onto the baking sheets. 6-8 per sheet.

9. Put in the oven for between 15-20 minutes, until the biscuits are a golden colour. Leave them on the trays for about 5 minutes and then put them on a wire rack to finish cooling.

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Hello John, thanks so much for pointing that out. I have gone back to what was actually published in Madeleine’s book and there is no mention of oats! So I have removed them. The only thing I can think is that when creating the recipe she tried a version with oats in but they didn’t taste as good so never made the final cut! or should that be ‘snap’ for biscuits?

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In step 7 you say “add the apple and the oats to the mixture.” but in the Ingredients there is no mention of Oats

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