I made these lovely Oat and Honey Flapjack Cookies for dog training. They are from The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking (42), but slightly adapted. I haven’t forgotten that I am cooking my way through this book although it really is stretching things to claim I am doing it in any semblance of chronological order.
In another world there would be lovely photographs of how I made the cookies and I would present them stylishly on a plate and everyone could think how lovely they were. Yesterday I realised I don’t live in a world where there is time for food styling and photographic set pieces. My life is chaotic, messy, full, and at times just a little desperate.
Yesterday morning I got out of bed, I let out the front garden chickens, the Pear garden chickens, the ducks and the smallholding chickens. I checked them all for food and water as well as the turkeys, alpacas and two sets of sheep. In an ideal world I would still have had time to make cookies, eat breakfast, walk my dogs and my neighbours dog, get my stuff ready for dog training and take some nice photos of the cookies all before arriving at my dog training day before 9.30.
I don’t live in an ideal world.
This dog here
rushed at these sheep here
causing one of them to jump over the hurdles and head off in search of greener grass. When I opened the hurdles to try and get it back in and the other three rushed out to join it – obviously – what was I thinking?
But then this lovely dog here
worked her little heart out and managed (without the bucket of power) to gather up the sheep from the field and push them back in their enclosure.
While this naughty puppy looked on, but did at least stay out of the way and didn’t rush around them squealing (as often happens)
Oat and Honey Flapjack Cookies: 125g butter, 150g muscovado sugar, 2tbs honey, 1 egg, 100g wholemeal or spelt flour, 1/2tsp baking powder, 1tsp cinnamon, 200g porridge oats, 100g dried fruit or nuts (I used raisins and walnuts).
Cream the butter, sugar and honey together in a mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the egg. Add in all the other ingredients and mix. Blob spoonfuls of the mix on a baking tray with baking paper on it and cook in a hot oven (200C) for about 12 minutes. Take out and let cool on a wire rack before shoving them in a tin and running out of the door to go dog training.
Never mind that there are no nice photographs – everyone loved these cookies and they were gone almost as soon as I opened the lid.
N.B. we had a great day tracking and doing crazy sendaways in the heather (see here for my idea of what working trials is!) under a brilliant blue sky and then in the evening we went out for a lovely dinner with friends – a perfect Saturday.