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Soak the currants in 5 or 6 tablespoons of boiling water, until they are plump and swollen. Use a microwave-able bowl (see the next step)
Add the butter, sugar, Golden Syrup or treacle to the bowl of plump currants and water. Melt the mixture in the microwave.
Sift the flour, spices and raising agent together, and stir into the oats.
Next add the melted butter, sugar, syrup and currant ingredients. Mix well.
Drop tablespoonsfull on trays covered with baking paper and bake at 200°C for about 30 minutes.
Replace the Golden Syrup with Black Treacle for a darker biscuit.
The best secret ingredient is a small pinch of chilli powder - a smidgen. It really just enhances the flavour of the spices. Try it if you don't believe me!
after Green & Gold Recipe Book, via Karen Moody, Stockport.
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