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wi melting moments

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Serves 1 - 12 Biscuits

This classic biscuit is light and crumbly, with an oaty coating and a cherry in the middle. The recipe comes from a W.I. cookery book published in the 1960s, but we have made some substitutions

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  • 60g (2 oz) vegetable shortening (or lard)
  • 40g (1½ oz) butter (or margarine)
  • 75g (3oz) caster sugar
  • 1/2 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 110g (4oz) self-raising flour
  • 110g (4oz) oats
  • Jam (or glace cherries, halved), for topping


    Cream together the shortening, butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla essence, then sift in the flour and bring together gently to form a dough. Roll the dough in walnut-sized balls and press them into the oats to cover. Flatten on a baking tray and use a teaspoon to make an indent in each biscuit. Drop in ½ tsp of jam (or a glace cherry). Bake at 160 degrees C, gas mark 3 until golden

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