I’ve said before that my mum is, in my opinion, one of the best cooks ever. When we were growing up, she not only made and decorated beautiful birthday cakes every year, she regularly baked loads of other stuff.
It’s a real idyllic childhood memory; coming back from a long day to my mum’s shortbread, flapjacks or cakes. Baking with her was something we did a lot, which, I think, is why I still love it now.
One of her all-time classics was honey cookies. Soft and chewy and delicious, I suddenly remembered them the other day – and thought they’d be perfect for this:
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My mum’s honey cookies: (makes 20 small ones)
40z plain flour, sieved (I used the Doves Farm gluten-free plain blend)
2oz butter, at room temperature
2oz brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla
Cream the butter and sugar together till light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk, mixed with the vanilla, very gradually (it has to be gradual or the mixture might curdle)
Mix half the sieved flour and the salt in with a wooden spoon to a soft paste, then add the rest of the flour and mix well. Bring together in a ball and chill for an hour.
Preheat oven to 180C and form the dough into balls. Flatten slightly and bake for 12-14 minutes, till just browning round the outside. It’s important to bake them in the middle of the oven because, as you’ll know if you’ve ever fallen asleep on the beach, burnt bottoms ain’t good 🙂
They’ll still be soft when you take them out but will firm up as they cool.
I’d never tried making these gluten-free but they were great; soft, chewy and delicious? Yep to all three! It’s weird because I’m not a huge fan of honey and never have been but these are brilliant. They took me straight back to our old house in St John’s Park, a good few years ago 🙂
They weren’t quite as good as my mum’s used to be – but of course they were never going to be 🙂
Did you used to bake at home? What’s a taste that takes you back straight away?