A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit:
Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe
I love these biscuits (cookies), they are a real blast from the past and I have fond memories of them from my childhood – making these oaty morsels with my grandmother and my mum. These are not to be confused with Leicestershire Bosworth jumbles, a traditional speciality biscuit from Leicestershire in England; the story goes that these biscuits originate from the battle of Bosworth, where King Richard III sustained several losses in 1485. First he dropped his crown, which was picked up by the Earl of Richmond, who that evening became Henry VII; then his cook mislaid the recipe for his favourite biscuits (known ever since as Bosworth Jumbles) and later in the day, as well all know, Richard lost his life. Whether that is true or not is unclear, but Bosworth Jumbles are VERY different from my rustic biscuits, and I am sharing an image of them below:
My Jumbles biscuits may not have the regal history of Bosworth Jumbles, or the refined looks either but they are quick and easy to whip up and are really delicious. They are a ONE PAN recipe, everything is made in the same saucepan, and then all that is needed are a couple of baking trays. I made mine with some Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract that was sent to me; I was actually sent a little hamper, as you can see from the photo above, as part of a cooking challenge, but these we biscuits are NOT part of that challenge, the recipes for the Nielsen-Massey recipe challenge will follow on later…….I LOVE Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract, it’s the best vanilla extract on the market, in my humble opinion, and the warm notes of vanilla definitely enhance these biscuits and marry so well with the chocolate chops and oats.
As these biscuits begin with the letter “J”, that means I can enter them into Caroline and Ros’s Alphabakes challenge too, as the letter of the month is “J”, perfect! This recipe is also a FABULOUS way to engage your children (or grandchildren) in the kitchen with baking; as long as they are supervised for the melting of the butter part the rest is just a simple act of adding ingredients and dolloping piles of mixture into baking trays. We have not always added chocolate chips to our recipe, my grandmother used to add oats and dried fruit, but I tweaked the recipe a we bit, and the family all love the addition of chocolate chips - but do add your own extras if you wish, coconut is also lovely in place of oats, especially with cherries.
I made a batch of these yesterday as some friends came over, and we did indeed eat them with a cup of tea, but as you can see by the photos, I also sneaked an extra biscuit in this morning with a glass of milk, one of my favourite ways of dunking biscuits! I will leave you with the recipe, below, as I have to go now, it’s Christmas shopping for me this afternoon, and I hope I will manage to dodge the rain to get there, as Malton and Norton are heavily flooded, have a great day and see you later, Karen.