Wednesday, 12 October 2011

My New Cooker-thingummy and a recipe for Orange Biscuits


I mentioned my new cooker in my last post and was taken aback to discover that in the US it’s not called a cooker. I don’t know what it is called. I’m hoping that one of my blogger buddies will tell me. To clear up any misunderstanding, this is it and you can even see my delicious Orange Biscuits cooking in the oven.


It’s a Belling electric cooker with induction hobs and I love it. The only down side was that we had to have new saucepans. The induction works by magnet and so the saucepans have to be able to stick to a magnet (there is a technical term but...) It was worth the extra investment. The heat is almost instant... Hang on, I’m starting to sound like an advert so I’ll move swiftly on to the biscuits (cookies!).

These biscuits are so easy to make. All you need is:

5 oz self raising flour
2 oz castor sugar
4 oz butter
Grated zest of one orange

Put all the mixture into a bowl and rub together. 


Mix until it forms a dough and then roll small pieces into balls and place them on an ungreased baking tin.


Press down with a fork and bake at 180C/Gas 4 for about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with caster sugar, let them cool and eat them... if you can wait that long. The smell of orange oil is mouth watering!


I can’t promise they’ll do much for your diet or your cholesterol but they never hang around for very long in our house.

That’s it. I’m off to put the kettle on so I can have a cup of tea and an Orange Biscuit... but I’m still curious to know what people in the US cook their dinners on.

28 comments:

  1. Oh lovely new cooker and a fabby recipe for orange biscuits. Will let you know when I make some... sound scrummy. Must remember to keep them away from the doggies, they'll scoff the lot!

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  2. Ooooh shiny :-) and the biscuits look yummy!

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  3. It appears to be an oven, in US lingo. I learned something, had no idea this was called a cooker. But I do know that cookies (my favorite treat) are called biscuits and these look amazing and so easy to do. Thanks so much for posting the recipe. I'm going to write it down and try it in November. Only, what's castor sugar?

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  4. These are far too good for the doggies, Pauline!

    They ARE yummy, Sarah.

    Thanks, Karen. So it's called an oven. I guessed you'd understand the biscuit but forgot about castor sugar. It's finer than granulated but not as fine as icing sugar. It is possibly called superfine sugar in the US but I'm not sure.

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  5. Ok, now I am hungry! And that is one spectacular cooker-thingummy! May I use that word? I like it very much.

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  6. Looks gorgeous and fun to use. Enjoy!
    xoRobyn

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  7. Darn, I just dropped sugar from my diet. I'm trying to lose a little weight before the full force of the holidays hit and I lose all resistance to sweets. I may have to bookmark this page for use in another six weeks. :)

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  8. Thanks for the recipe. We have the same tiles lol!

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  9. Ditto to the last post! I will have to write down the coconut biscuits that are also hard to resist.. tried this kind of cooker on holiday and you are right it does work quickly...still an old fashioned gas girl myself though for the hob.

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  10. Enjoy your beautiful cooker/oven! The biscuits look absolutely delicious!

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  11. Cooker sounds so much classier than oven.

    Those biscuits/cookies look mouthwatering. Must try.

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  12. Your cooker is gorgeous, and those cookies look delicious! I may just have to test that recipe out. So after I'm done baking, what book do you recommend I curl up with while I enjoy the tea and cookies? :)

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  13. To complicate things even more, the entire thing is called an oven, and the part where you bake things inside is called an oven, but the flat part on top, where you boil water, etc. is called a stove. We crazy Americans!

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  14. I did know what a cooker is (I have family in Ireland). :) Your cooker is beautiful and I love the biscuits. If anyone here in the states is wondering what castor sugar is - you can substitute it with super-fine sugar. That is the closest thing we have and probably pretty much the same thing. Thanks for sharing Rosalind.

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  15. ooh I love your cooker! yes we are crazy that we have two words stove and oven for just one cooker. My daughter and I love baking together and we will have to try this recipe. Thanks!

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  16. So in America they don't have cookers? That's something new I've learned today. Your recipe looks really good and so easy but I've no oranges I wonder if the zest from satsumas would do. I think I have everything else so I'm going to whip up a batch I tell you if I did your recipie justice.

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  17. Roz, the cooker is beautiful, small and compact. I'm not really looking, but I've never seen any like that. I just cook on an old gas stove or it's also called a range.
    You had me again with the castor sugar but Karen already asked. At first all I could think of something like castor oil (from the bean).
    I'm up early and I can always depend on communicating with you gals across the pond. It always feels like everyone in the US is still asleep.
    Oh, those cookies with the orange flavor sounds yumm.
    Enjoy your book this weekend.

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  18. I made them! Lovely, moist and crumbly. Used zest from satsumas and it did work but would have been better with orange zest.Thanks for the recipe Rosalind.

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  19. I'm delighted the recipe is working for so many of you. I guess the satsuma won't give quite the depth of flavour, Cassam, but glad it worked. And just as a reminder, castor sugar is only sugar that's a bit finer than normal sugar - nothing to do with castor oil, Manzanita!

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  20. I must try those cookies. They're indeed easy to make. Nice cooker. At the rate our electricity bills are going up here, they're not a good option in Jamaica. We use gas mostly.

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  21. Oh, I could do with a cup of tea and one of those lovely biscuits!! ;-)

    Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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  22. Oh, beautiful, shiny cooker. We also use gas cookers.

    Thanks for the yummy recipe of the cookies.

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  23. Wonderful new cooker, and I'm going to try and make a sugar-free version of your orange biscuits. :-)

    (I'm thinking it'll be a great base recipe for other citrus or herb-flavoured biscuits as well. How about lemon-ginger?)

    Thanks! :-)

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  24. Fab new cooker! Yes, in North American lingo, it's an oven (the whole thing, both top and bottom). I always struggle with Mr TR over this terminology!

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  25. Cooker? Oven? Who cares!!!! The important thing is that your biscuits sounds delicious - ha!

    Happy Sunday!

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  26. I'm going to have to try making those!
    Thanks for the recipe.

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  27. Guess what I made today! Love them....which is not necessarily a good thing.I've eaten far too many already!thanks for the recipe Ros!

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  28. I am definitely going to make those biscuits, my mouth is watering at the pictures! Thanks for sharing. Your oven looks great too - very smart!

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