Today it was grey and gloomy. Today was the perfect day to make Banty Bisuits.
I have no idea why these little beauties are called Banty Biscuits. You can call them 'Cornflake biscuits' if you want to but these were a regular in my house growing up and Banty Biscuits is what my Mum calls them and it's what her Mum before her called them.... So, to me, that will forever be their name!
They are so quick and easy to make and once they're in the oven, the delicious nutty smell of them transports me back instantly to being little... the monotonous drone of the football results while anxiously waiting for Worzel Gummidge to start... playing Space Invaders on my Grandad's Atari... curling up on my bed reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory over and over again and wishing that one day, one day, I may just find my very own golden ticket!
Ahem, anyway, so, to make these wonderous things, here's the knowhow....
Makes 16 biscuits
115g butter or margarine
55g caster sugar
115g plain flour
75g crushed cornflakes (plus an extra 25g crushed cornflakes to coat the biscuits)
1 tsp golden syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbinate of soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
Cream the butter or margarine with the sugar until it is light and fluffy
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well to form a stiff dough
Form into small balls, about the size of a golf ball and roll in the extra cornflakes before placing on a baking tray. Make sure they are spaced well apart as they spread while they bake.
Bake for 14-16 minutes at 180 degrees celcius.
Enjoy with your favourite pot of tea!