October 12, 2013

Apple, Oat & Hazelnut Biscuits

We headed to the beach last weekend to make the most of probably one of the last spells of mild and sunny weather for this year. The beach was wide and quiet with warm autumn colours and changing skies. We jumped in our wetsuits and went for a morning surf – how I love this feeling of being in the water and gliding on waves! We then wrapped up in a few layers, sat in deck chairs and enjoyed our lunch in the midday sun. We had packed these apple, hazelnut and oat biscuits which I had made the day before – comforting and perfect to snack on after a surf. I’ve recently been enjoying making flour from oats or nuts and playing with this in biscuits and cakes. You could either blend the oats/nuts very finely for a smooth texture or keep them a bit coarse in order to get a bit more texture. I hope you’ve had a lovely week and have been able to enjoy autumn’s bounties and beauties.

Apple, Oat and Hazelnut Biscuits – makes about 18 biscuits
• 150g oats
• 100g hazelnuts
• 2tbsp coconut palm sugar
• ½ tsp baking soda
• A pinch of salt
• 3tbsp coconut oil, at room temperature
• 1 apple, grated + 1 apple, finely sliced
• 1 large egg, beaten

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
2. Place the oats in a food processor, and whizz it until you obtain a flour-like texture. Transfer into a large bowl. Place the hazelnuts in the food processor and process until they are finely ground. Transfer to the bowl. Add the sugar, baking soda and salt to the bowl and mix.
3. Add the coconut oil to the bowl, and rub it in with your fingers, until you obtain a crumbly texture. Add the grated apple and egg and mix well until the mixture holds together.
4. Take little spoonfuls of the mixture, make a little ball and flatten it between your hands. Place on the baking tray. Repeat until you’ve used all the mixture. Top up each biscuit with a slice of apple.
5. Place in the oven and cook for 15min, until golden. Check the biscuits while they cook to make sure they don’t burn. Leave to cool down on a wire rack.

Biscuits aux Pommes, Avoine et Noisettes – pour environ 18 biscuits
• 150g de flocons d’avoine
• 100g de noisettes
• 2cs de sucre de noix de coco
• ½ cc de bicarbonate de soude
• Une pincée de sel
• 3cs d’huile de noix de coco, à température ambiante
• 1 pomme, râpée + 1 pomme, coupée en fines lamelles
• 1 gros œuf, battu

1. Préchauffer le four sur 180°C. Couvrir une plaque de cuisson de papier sulfurisé.
2. Mettre les flocons d’avoine dans le bol d’un robot et mixer jusqu’à l’obtention d’une fine poudre. Transférer dans un grand bol/saladier. Mettre les noisettes dans le bol du robot et mixer de façon à obtenir une poudre de noisettes. Transférer dans le bol. Ajouter le sucre, le bicarbonate de soude et le sel et bien mélanger.
3. Ajouter l’huile de noix de coco et frotter le mélange du bout des doigts de façon à obtenir des miettes grossières. Ajouter la pomme râpée et l’œuf et bien mélanger.
4. Prendre une petite portion du mélange et former une petite boule, puis l’aplatir entre les mains. Mettre sur la plaque de cuisson. Répéter l’opération jusqu’à épuisement. Ajouter une lamelle de pomme sue chaque biscuit.
5. Mettre four pour 15min jusqu’à ce que les biscuits soient dorés. Faire attention à ce qu’ils ne brûlent pas lors de la cuisson. Laisser refroidir sur une grille.

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