Aunty Olive’s, Aunty Olive Biscuits… A treat if ever I have had one!

6 Mar

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Heading home, back to the North of England, from London and thinking about its associations and my childhood brings me straight to food…  The main thing I think about when I am about to embark on my journey home will no doubt include all the meals I can have!  My mother will cook a certain selection of meals that we will agree on in advance, that will take me straight back to my childhood.  These include:

  • Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas (the nothern bit, they don’t do mushy peas down south)
  • Steak Pies with lashings and lashings of gravy, with mashed potato
  • Mince and Dumplings also known as a ‘Swimmer’
  • Hairy Chicken (this one you will have to ask my sister about; but it was simply something she noticed about chicken wings when she was little and used to enquire about… we don’t eat feathered chickens just because we are northern!)
  • A ‘sit around tea’ – which consists of sandwiches and a buffet style meal, only to be had when the whole family comes over
  • Cakes – my mum always has the cake tin stocked up, always.  When we were little people would come over to our house just to have my mum’s cake – not to play with me! Hehe!  So what cakes… parkin cakes, rock buns, chocolate chip muffins, bakewell tarts, and last but by no means least Aunty Olive Biscuits.

‘An Aunty Olive Biscuit?’ I hear you saying with a puzzled face!  Yes… that is correct, and you are not silly for not knowing what the heck they are.  Basically we had a fake aunty (it feels bad saying this, but you know what I mean!) who lived next door, with Uncle Harry and my little sister and I doted on them both.  We would be at her house 50% of the time we were at our own, and we would always be given homemade biscuits.  They were full of golden syrup and oats and my sister and I adored them.  Eventually my mother got a little bit sick of hearing about ‘Aunty Olive Biscuits’ and so she asked for the recipe and have made them ever since – to my families total delight!

They are a favourite of my mum’s, dad’s my sister’s and now my housemates.  I make them every so often and I know that they will be gone quicker than any cake.  The are special as they remind me of my late Aunty Olive and all the happy memories I had growing up.  So here we are, and do give a nod to Aunty Olive when you eat them…


COOKING TIME: 10 – 15 minutes

MAKES: 12 biscuits


  • 4oz (115g) margarine
  • 3oz (85g) caster sugar
  • 4oz (115g) golden syrup
  • 4oz (115g) self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 6oz (170g) porridge oats / rolled oats


First things first, as with any recipe you need to prepare your oven (180 degrees C or gas mark 4) and then prepare your baking trays with baking paper.  I would use two trays, as from this mixture you will make approx. 12 biscuits.

In a small pan melt the margarine.  You don’t want this bubbling, boiling and then burning, so do this very gently on a low heat.  To this you are going to add the golden syrup, which is what gives them their gorgeous golden glow.  So, this is quite challenging to do, as you know syrup is sticky.  Place the syrup on the scales, zero/tare them so that they are on zero, and now we are going to remove the required amount (115g).  Use a dessert spoon, place it into the syrup…. ummmmm… now lift it out and start twirling the spoon, so that any ‘extra’ sryup will fall off and fall back into the tin.  Once you have no trail behind whip this over to your pan (on a low heat), stop twirling and scrape the syrup off.  Repeat this until you have taken 4oz (115g) from the tin.  The scales will read -4oz or -115g.

(Well done if you have done this without getting syrup all over your workspace – you deserve to lick the spoon!)

Heat the syrup and the marg together until they have come together and then place to one side.  You can now weigh out all the other (dry) ingredients into your mixing bowl.

To the dry ingredients add the warm syrup/marg solution and then bring together to make a dough, using your spoon (not the syrup one if you licked it!).  The dough will be firm and stiff, which is exactly right, as we are making biscuits!

Take a small handful of the oat/syrup biscuit dough and roll this into a ball.  Place this ball onto the baking sheet and repeat, until there is no dough left in the bowl.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.  They now need to be patted down, so do this using a spatula – not your hands – and then bake for a further 5 minutes.  They should be a beautiful golden colour now and smelling divine.  Leave them to cool and then indulge!

It is as simple as that.  Thank you Aunty Olive.


4 Responses to “Aunty Olive’s, Aunty Olive Biscuits… A treat if ever I have had one!”

  1. frugalfeeding March 7, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    The blog’s looking better and better :D! Great biscuits!

    • gemsfoodgems March 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Thank you very much Nick! I am constantly trying to keep it fresh and up-to-date and add new little bits here and there. I am pleased you like it 🙂 Gems x

  2. thelittleloaf March 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    That’s a pretty good list of food memories there, yum! Same goes for these biscuits – they look delicious.

    • gemsfoodgems March 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      I do love my northern food. Thank you for your comment… If you make them I hope you enjoy them! Gems x

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