We had visitors come to visit during the weekend and I wanted to enjoy blessing them with good food as part of being hospitable towards them. Food is such a part of being hospitable, and I for one always love to bake or cook something that everyone will enjoy and which will add to being welcoming and friendly.
Thinking through what was onhand, I chose to bake Anzac Biscuits, one of our household favourite biscuit recipes, plus I chose to bake scones. I envisioned how lovely it would be to have something of a Devonshire tea, so checking the budget situation I knew I could afford to purchase a small bottle of cream.
From the feedback received, everyone loved what was on offer for afternoon tea. I had found a packet of sultanas in my baking ingredient stash, and these added a little extra something to what otherwise would have been plain scones. With no actual jam or jelly preserve onhand, I opened instead a small jar of stewed plums, and these were used alongside the cream for the scones.
We can entertain when we are on a fixed or even tight budget. People appreciate seeing gestures of hospitality and kindness, and it does not have to be over the top in presentation or delivery. The simplest of afternoon teas, or any other meal for that matter, can still create a sense of welcome.
Here is the recipe for the Anzac Biscuits that I chose to use, for those that also might be interested in making them:
This recipe makes approximately 40 biscuits.
2 cups of Organic Flour
2 cups of Organic Raw Sugar
2 1/2 cups Dessicated Coconut
3 cups of Organic Rolled Oats
4 Tbspns Golden Syrup
2 tspn Baking Soda
8 Tbspns Boiling Water
1. Mix together the flour, sugar, coconut and rolled oats.
2. Melt butter and golden syrup.
3. Dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water, and then add to the melted butter and golden syrup mixture.
4. Stir butter mixture into the dry ingredients.
5. Place tablespoons of the mixture onto a cold greased tray.
6. Bake the prepared biscuits at 180 degrees celsius for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Place on a wire rack to cool.