Baking day: Coconut and Ginger Hobnobs and Ginger Cake!

Bad On Call shift = Day off work! Woo! After doing a bit of marking when I got home at 5AM (one of my co-workers is being assessed next week, so I have been assisting our training officer in marking off the evidence and questions), I finished watching the last few episodes of Numb3rs (now need a new series to watch), then went back to bed to recover.

This morning Ruth Clemens (The Pink Whisk, runner up on the frist series of GBBO) posted a link to one of her old recipes.

I looked. I drooled. I realised I had run out of golden syrup after all the hobnob making the other weekend. Tragically this meant I had to get properly dressed, rather than just lounging round the house in my onesie, and pop to the shop.

A couple of hours later…………………


Moist and yummy. Although, I would reduce the treacle and up the golden syrup next time, as the flavour is a bit overpowering, and even though I increased the amount of ginger to 2tsp, I still couldn’t taste it that much and ginger cake isn’t ginger cake unless my mouth is ever so slightly on fire 😉

Other than that, I came up with another variation of the hobnob recipe:

Coconut and Ginger Hobnobs Recipe


2/3 cup sunflower oil

1tbsp golden syrup

1tbsp hot water

175g oats

50g desiccated coconut

225g self-raising flour

1tsp ground ginger

225g sugar

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Put the oil, syrup and water in a small pan and heat until the syrup is the same consistency as the oil.

Meanwhile measure out the other ingredients and combine in a large bowl. Add the oil mixture and mix thoroughly.

Take spoonfuls of the mixture and shape into balls, place onto a baking tray and flatten slightly.

Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden:


Allow to firm up on the tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.



To counteract all the baked goods, I made a nice stew full of vegetables, barley, lentils…. oh, and some herby dumplings:


I have also been practicing some more crochet, a lacy wheel:


…and this little stripey number:


They’re looking ok! Although are not necessarily the same size…..


  1. Yum! That ginger cake and biscuits look lovely. nice crocheting too!

  2. oiyoufood · · Reply

    the stew and the squares are my picks ! ( been off wheat since Dec and try to keep it to absolute minimum, I must be mad) . lacy wheel is the one we did in Dubs ! no ?

    1. Yeah I think so. Mine doesn’t quite sit square on the sides, they pull in a bit.

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