Mary Berry. What can you say about Mary Berry? Although a food writer and TV presenter since the 1960s, many people (here, at least) have only come to know her more recently as co-judge with Paul Hollywood on the runaway British hit, “The Great British Bake”. Each week on the show (known as The Great British Baking Show in North America) home bakers are pitted against one another, taking on a variety of challenges in order to win the grand prize: a much-coveted crystal cake plate.
I love food shows and this is one of my favourites. My husband, who is not a baker, watches as well…and enjoys the home baked treats somewhat inspired from my watching.
Mary’s bare bone bio is:
- she trained at The Cordon Bleu in Paris and ran a cookery school at her home
- in the 1960s she was the cookery editor two major magazines in the UK
- her first television series came in the 1970s
- since 1970, she has written 75 cookbooks…and counting
I recently borrowed her new book, “Mary Berry Everyday”, which accompanies the television program of the same name. Having a flick through, there were many recipes that I was tempted to try but in the end I went with the biscuits featured on the cover. And they ARE cover worthy! Melt-in-the-mouth, buttery and with a lovely citrus flavour thanks to fresh orange peel and juice in the glaze. Oh, and easy to bake too.
Two floury thumbs up from me. Borrow “Everyday” and get baking!
— Sandi H.
Mary Berry’s Orange Oat Cookies
1 c butter, softened
1 c white sugar
Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 ¾ c self-raising flour
¼ c oatmeal
1 c icing sugar
¼ tsp orange oil (optional)
2 tblsp freshly squeeze orange juice
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream together butter and sugar. Mix in egg, oil and 2/3 of the zest. Stir in flour and oatmeal.
Lightly dust a work surface with small amount of flour. Roll the dough into balls about the size of a walnut. The flour will make this easy; stopping them from being too sticky.
Set on prepared cookie sheets, about 8 per sheet as they do spread. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass until ½” thick.
Bake for 13 minutes or until just golden at the edges. Watch closely as they burn easily!
Cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack to cool completely.
To make the glaze, whisk together the icing sugar with approximately 2 tblsp juice.
When the cookies are completely cool, spread glaze on top of cookies or drizzle with the glaze. Sprinkle with rest of the orange zest.
Makes 2 dozen.