If you fancy a quick and tasty treat to enjoy with your tea, these melting moments will be right up your street. I particularly love how quick they are to make, and the fact that I usually have the ingredients in the store cupboard, making it a doddle to just whip up a batch if someone’s popping round at short notice. And they’re incredibly pretty with their cherry on top!
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Delicious oat-coated biscuits with a cherry on top. With most ingredients readily to hand in the cupboard, they're also ideal to make for friends arriving at short notice. So good, you can't just eat one!
- 5oz / 130g margarine
- 3oz / 80g lard (or Trex/vegetable shortening for vegetarians)
- 6oz / 150g caster sugar
- 2 tsps / 10ml vanilla essence
- 10oz / 300g self-raising flour
- 1 large egg
- 3oz / 75g porridge oats, for coating
- 18 glace cherries - halved
- Heat oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4. Grease 2 baking trays or line them with baking parchment, and weigh out your ingredients
- Cream the margarine, lard and sugar.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla essence.
- Stir in the flour and mix well.
- Using dessert spoonfuls of mixture shape into balls.
(It helps if your hands are dampened with water)
- Roll the balls in the porridge oats to coat.
- Place and space the balls on greased baking trays.
- Flatten each ball slightly and place cherry.
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until light golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow biscuits to cool on a wire tray.
These are quick and easy to make, and also simple to adapt to make them gluten-free for your coeliac friends. Just substitute your preferred gluten-free self-raising flour blend - we like Dove's Farm, but there are some good supermarket own brand ones available these days, too - and some gluten-free oats, and everyone will be able to enjoy these with their tea.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 105mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g
Nutritional data provided is a guideline and will vary according to precise ingredients used and how large your home-made portions are.