Last weekend my village had a yard sale and I usually bake a couple of batches of cookies and flapjacks to sell on a stall. I had my eye on the Apple and Macadamia Nut Cookies in John Whaite’s latest book John Whaite Bakes At Home and wanted to bake them from the Breakfasts chapter at the beginning of the book. This was part of my latest Cooking The Books Challenge for June 2014.
I read the recipe and realised that the recipe needed dried apple, not fresh apple chopped up in chunks. I hadn’t got any dried apple so I found a bag of mixed, dried fruit which I thought I’d use instead.
John says “These inelegant cookies are nothing short of heaven sent. The dried apples are chewy, the macadamia nuts are crunchy and the oatmeal adds great texture in between the two” I could imagine me scoffing a whole plateful of these! So I thought I’d try them out on visitors to our Yard Sale.
First I creamed butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, then added vanilla and egg. After this I tossed in some oats, plain flour and baking powder. Once this was brought together into a dough, in went some mixed dried fruit and some chopped macadamia nuts.
The ball of dough was then formed into a long sausage on a piece of cling film and wrapped carefully to chill in the fridge for about half an hour. When it was chilled enough, I cut the cookie sausage into 1cm slices and arranged them on a baking tray, baking them for about 10 or so minutes.
The Yard Sale started off well and all my chocolate flapjack and my white chocolate fudge cookies sold. I was left with about six out of twenty of these beauties. Many people who realised they had dried fruit in said “Oh no, I don’t like raisins” or “My kids won’t eat those,” The people who did buy them said they were delicious. I would love to bake the recipe again but will buy in some dried apple especially!
Here are a couple of pictures of the other two bakes for the Yard Sale:
Love Sam xx