Golden Oatmeal Honey Cookies – Gluten Free

Golden Oatmeal Honey Cookies

A pile of cookies waiting for tea time!

A pile of cookies waiting for tea time!

These cookies use no processed sugars just honey and no wheat flour, just oats! If you are cutting down on gluten these are perfect, if gluten is a serious issue for you, only use oats that are labeled “Gluten Free”. I don’t have any health issue with gluten, just trying to cut down on it, so I use regular oatmeal.

OOhhh look at all those chocolate chips!

OOhhh look at all those chocolate chips!

Golden Oatmeal Honey Cookies

Preheat oven to 325 F

Ingredients:

¼ c butter (1/2 stick)

¼ c coconut oil

½ c honey

1 c old fashioned rolled oats

½ c quick oats

 

1c oat flour (I grind oatmeal in coffee grinder that I use just for seeds and grains)

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cinnamon

 

1 c chopped walnuts + pecans (heavier on the walnuts)

½ c chopped almonds

1 ¼ c raisins, dried cranberries, apricots, dry cherries etc.

1 egg

¾ c chocolate chips (if you want)

½ c unsw. Shredded coconut (if you want)

  1. Put first 5 ingredients in a pan and heat on low to melt. Stir often to wet the oats and heat.
  2. Start mixing dry ingredients in a big bowl while the oats and honey heat.
  3. Remove oats from heat, put in glass bowl then in fridge or freezer to cool down just so it’s only warm.
  4. Mix nuts and fruits into dry ingredients. (and chips and coconut if adding)
  5. Mix egg into cooled honey oat mixture then mix into dry ingredients to form sticky dough.
  6. Drop onto lightly greased pans, push down a bit. It is very sticky, try to use spoon to scoop and then just touch with fingers to push into mounds. I do a bunch while waiting for first batch and put them on cutting board, they dry a bit and you can pick them up to put on cookie sheet, press down a bit after.
  7. Bake at 325 F 10 min. then turn pan bake 4 min. more. Let cool a tiny bit on pan then remove.

These taste so buttery and crispy, I’m really happy with them! I put too many chocolate chips in the ones pictured (is that possible?) because they kept wanting to fall apart before they were baked! So keep the chips to 3/4 c if you use them at all. I added the coconut oil to cut down on butter amount, I imagine you could use all coconut oil, but won’t have the same buttery taste. Add whatever dried fruits you want.

  • I also think these may be good baked as bars, I’ll try that next time, it’d be a lot less messy! (The dough is sticky!)
  • I think if you sprinkled little blobs of this dough all over the cookie sheet, and bake for less time, it’d make a wonderful snack to munch on!

 

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Old Fashioned Apple Cake

This is what I believe is an old traditional recipe, I adapted it from a blog post here.

Old Fashioned Apple Cake with my Cinnamon Sauce

I dropped some of the oil and used applesauce, I also topped it with my own cinnamon sauce creation, SCRUMPTIOUS!

Still warm from the oven, I couldn't resist cutting it!

You don’t need any glaze really but you can make up a simple confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla glaze if you want.

Is that piece for me? I don't mind if I do!

It makes a nice big cake and is SUPER easy to make! A good one for beginner bakers.

A warm slice cut...filled with moist apples.

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake

3 apples peeled and chopped (2 ½ c or more, use tart apples)
2 1/2 cup sself rising flour (or plain flour plus 4 tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp salt)
2 cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ c oil (original recipe called for 1 c oil, I cut it and added the applesauce)
½ c applesauce
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

I’ll add pictures here along with the directions:

Simple Ingredients

Gather your ingredients together; this cake is made with just a few.

1. Peel and chop about 3 apples, 1 1/2 c or more, using tart apples. Set aside. Grease and flour your pan now too so it’s ready.

2. Mix s.r. flour, sugar, cinnamon in a bowl with a whisk. Add nuts and or raisins now if using.

3. Measure oil into large glass measuring cup then add spoonfuls of applesauce to make the level rise to 1 c. Now add two eggs and carefully mix eggs in well. (Saves getting more cups dirty!) Add to dry ingredients and mix.

Oil and applesauce in measuring glass.

4. Add apples and finish mixing by hand; it’s a thick, heavy batter.

The Apple Cake batter is thick and heavy.

5. Spoon into well greased and floured bundt or angel food pan. I used an antique pan called “Re-Kul Pan O Cake”, I LOVE that, Pan O Cake! haha…More about that later.

My "Re-Kul Pan O Cake" pan.

6. Bake at 350 F 45 min – 1 hour. It comes out with a nice sort of crust on top, I think because of the sugar in it.

Apple cake finished!

Let cool 10 minutes in pan then remove to rack to cool by turning upside down. Or after removing, put on plate and drizzle with glaze made from confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla. Original recipe said to put it on cooled cake, but I liked putting it on warm, made it all melty.

Here it is unmolded and warm.

My Notes:

  • The original recipe called for 1 c oil, I cut it to 1/2 c and added 1/2 applesauce; it was great.
  • Try cutting the sugar back too if you like, I’ll try it next time and let you know how it goes.
  • Raisins are really nice in this!
  • Make sure ingredients are at room temperature, it helps.
  • I bet this would be really good baked in loaf pans too because the top came out with a lovely sort of crispiness.
  • I also baked this as a half recipe in a 9×9″ pan, plenty for one or two!
  • Gosh don’t you just love an easy recipe that comes out so great?!

So you’re wondering about that pan? Well I bought mine at a thrift store, must be ages ago, and never used it. When I was cleaning out my lower cupboards I pulled it out and thought it was interesting with the writing engraved on the sides. I guess a baker named Jackson M. Luker in Urbana, Illinois, was in competition with another bakery across the street. They started selling angel food cakes cheaper, this made him so mad he left ALL his cakes to sit and spoil. When they sat in the pan so long he thought they were ruined but actually, because of being made with egg whites they formed a sort of hard crust and it kept them quite fresh inside. He had the brilliant idea to offer them this way in the pan and was able to ship them all over the USA. You send the pan back in for a refill cheaper! You could buy one for $2.50 then the refill was $1.25.

Read the article here to learn more about this inventive baker: http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/1940s/1947/08/foodflashes . I saw a pan like mine for sale on EBay for $69!! No Way! Then I saw one on a site called “Proxibid” and it sold for $1, so hey, maybe you can find one?

Apple Dappy Makes Me Happy!

Apple Dappy hot from the oven

Apple Dappy, I think it was the name that first grabbed me, it sounded like something from an English children’s storybook. Or something you’d hear in a nursery rhyme…hmm…if there isn’t one maybe I’ll make one up someday.

oh yum…spices, apples, pastry and lemon sauce….ohhh can’t wait!

I saw the recipe in a very old cookbook I have in England, “Farmhouse Kitchen II”, a great little paperback that’s full of traditional recipes by housewives from all around Great Britain. It has no photographs so I had to use my imagination to think of how it might look.

Apple Dappy hot from the oven close up..mmm…smell it

It was a stab in the dark to say the least…I mean I never made a recipe where you poured a lot of liquid over dough, I worried it might be sloppy, heavy and wet but it wasn’t!

Apple Dappy is baked with a wonderful fresh lemon sauce over it!

In England “Pudding” or “Afters” refers to having dessert in general. A popular type of pudding is made by using dough and fruit then baking with liquid over it, I think an example would be “Eve’s Pudding”. You can see all the juicyness in the photo above after I scooped out some servings.

Cool, fresh cream drizzled over the hot roll and lemon sauce, oh wow!

I spooned some of this lemony sauce over the ‘roll’ then we drizzled single cream all over the top; you can also serve it with custard.  Now pouring cream on a dessert or liquid warm custard are also new things to me (in America), it’s very “British”! (my boyfriend loves custard on everything).

Served in a bowl hot, spongy and crisp at the same time.

I was happy with the results and glad my boyfriend approved as I love to bake for him and especially try to learn traditional recipes.  Believe me when I say it was EASY! Really!

Here’s the recipe then a few pictures of it unbaked for you to see after. First you make the sauce then the apple roll with an easy scone type dough.

“Apple Dappy”

Syrup:
1 lemon – juice of and thin rind strip
1 T golden syrup
1/2 oz butter (1 T)
4 oz sugar (1/2 c + 1 T)
7 oz water

Pastry:
8 oz self raising flour (2 c)
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 oz butter
5 oz / 150 ml / almost 2/3 c milk

1 lb / 16 oz cooking apples

1 T demarara (brown) sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp mixed spice

1. Grease a 8″ or 9″ square dish (I used my glass pyrex) with butter. Turn on oven to 375 f / 190 c.

2. Peel a thin strip of rind from the lemon, just go around the middle of the lemon, and put it with the juice of the lemon into a small pot. Add other syrup ingrediets and heat over low until melted and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside. (I left mine for a bit and it actually boiled, but was ok!)

3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.

4. Rub butter into flour, or use pastry blender then rub in till it looks like breadcrumbs.

5. Mix milk in to make dough, I didn’t add it all at once, leave a bit as you mix to see how dough comes together. Knead lightly on floured surface, then roll out to 1/4 ” thick to make a rectangle about 8″ x 5″ or 12″ x 8″. (Original recipe said 8×5 but mine got bigger than that, hey it’s just dough and apples, don’t sweat it!)

6. Peel, core, slice then chop up the apples, my recipe took about 2 c of chopped apples. Put them on the pastry but keep them away from edges.

7. Mix spices with brown sugar in a small bowl, sprinkle over the apples. (* The original recipe called for a mixture of or one of the spices, to equal 1/2 tsp. I used all I listed and it was great, I don’t think it’d be as good if it didn’t have the spices.) Then roll up pastry and apples like a swiss roll, pinching to seal edges, then cut into 1″ thick slices.  Use a sharp knife and cut carefully, use your fingers to hold the roll in place when you cut gently.

8. Grease a 8″ or 9″ dish, I used my pyrex dish, and lay slices on their sides in the dish. Arrange to make them fit and take the little bit of dough that’s left from the ends and push more apples into them then tuck into spaces between rolls.

9. Remove lemon rind from syrup and pour over slices. Make sure you taste the drippings in the pot, it’s really good!  Bake 375 f / 190 c for 30-35 min. (mine took 35 in a little oven) Serve with cream or custard.

** Don’t miss my notes at the end!

Recipe from Joan Guy- Tavistock, Devon from the  “Farmhoue Kitchen II’ book.

Apple Dappy unbaked in greased dish

Here’s how it looks unbaked, all the rolls pushed into a dish, 8×8″ or 9×9″, they will puff and raise up quite a bit so make sure the pan isn’t too shallow.

Apple Dappy unbaked.

You can see how chock full of apples it is, I thought it’d be way too much as I rolled it and pushed to keep them in. No…just right!

Apple Dappy unbaked close up.

**You can see where I squished one of the end bits into the corner here; it was mostly dough so I pushed some apples into it and sugar spice mixture and just fit it in. There were two pieces left from either end of the roll.

**I forgot to mention, I made the rolls up a few hours before dinner and let them sit in the dish without the sauce. I put the sauce ingredients together in a pan but didn’t heat it. When dinner was done I heated the sauce, then poured it over the waiting pastry, popped it into a preheated oven and just waited as the house filled with wonderful smells of apples, cinnamon and lemon.

Please let me know if you try to make this, I’d love to hear how it comes out for you. I think it’d be tasty made with apples and rhubarb too, or apples and raisins. Any other ideas? I can’t wait to have leftovers tonight!

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