Raisin Biscuits, 28p a batch – loads of variations
These little biscuits are fun to make, but a bit too moreish for a sweet toother like me. I thought I had taken some pictures of the last batch I made, but I can’t find them, so maybe I didn’t. I’ll just have to make some more – what a shame
Depending on the size of biscuit you make, you will get 10-20 from this batch
75g smartprice raisins, 85p/500g 13p
150g value s.r. flour, 45p/1.5kg 5p
60g sugar 88p/1kg, 5p
60g oil, £1.25/litre 5p
28p the lot
Bung everything in a bowl and add enough water to make a dough, about 2 tblsps should do it.
Roll out your dough to the thickness of a £1 coin and cut into rounds. You can use biscuit cutters, the top of a glass, or dispense with the rounds altogether and cut the dough into squares, oblongs, or indeed any shapes you fancy, including completely random. If you are making these for children, cutting them small and in ‘special’ shapes is fun, like tiny squares, or triangles, or long and thin, like a finger, with maybe an almond ‘fingernail’. Squash any leftover dough back together and repeat until you have used it all up.
Put the biscuits on baking trays and bake in a medium oven for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave on the tray or put on a cooling rack to firm up. Once cold, store in an airtight container.
If you are following meal plan two, use these to top up your calories as and when you need to, with your lunch, packed or otherwise, with a hot drink – any time
You could add cinnamon, which is available in meal plan 2, or mixed spice, or maybe some dried ginger. You could change the dried fruit to currants, cranberries, figs, sultanas, apricots, mango. Or if you have dried some plums, like me, you could put some of those in. Yum
Musing on what else could go in them, I am wondering if fine diced veg would work. Something like shredded carrot and orange zest perhaps, or beetroot and chocolate chip, or grated courgette, raisin and lemon zest. I think I might have to try one or more of those and see what I think! I’ll let you know if it works. Or not.
Ooh, ooh, or how about making them savoury biscuits? A squidge of tomato paste and garlic puree, a grating of carrot and a tsp of garam masala, shredded courgette and tandoori powder, fine chopped olive/capers/gherkins? with a tiny sprinkle of cheese on top, Marmite, peanut butter (with a smear of jam on :)) tapenade, cheese and mustard
My mind is now completely boggled and I must stop or I will be out in that kitchen experimenting and I can’t afford the calories to scoff lots of biscuits on the pretext of ‘testing’ them
These feature in Meal Plan 2, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one