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Who is Arnold anyhow…?

May 25, 2011

Who was he?  Why did he have a Circus? Why in Shoreditch?  Arnold Day on Sunday will celebrate his birthday with brass band music, cups of tea and Arnold Biscuits specially created by Rochelle Canteen.

Melanie Arnold and her colleagues at the Canteen are donating Biscuits, but we invite you to try the recipe and bring your own – or even your very own variant – to share.


Ingredients for around 36 Arnold Biscuits

100g rolled ots

75g cocount

100g plain flour

150g caster sugar

50g Demerara sugar

115g butter

50ml golden syrup (around 2 and a half tbs)

1 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp boiling water

1  Pre-heat oven to 350degrees F/180 degrees C. Line two baking trays with baking paper or grease them lightly with butter.

2 In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, flour and sugar.

3 Put butter in a pan and add the syrup. Heat slowly and stir with a wooden spoon till the butter and syrup have melted together.

4  Add boiling water to the baking powder in a cup and mix to dissolve before pouring the mixture into the pan. Stir with your wooden spoon.

5  Tip in all the dry ingredients and mix to a crumbly paste.

6 Drop heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the cold baking trays, leaving at least 1 inch (3cms) around each biscuit as they will spread.

7 Bake for about 10-15 minutes until they have spread out nicely and are a dark golden colour. Cool on  a rack and then store in an airtight tin.

Come and find out about the mystery man on Sunday afternoon, his hidden history and what his even more famous brother did in India.  And…

.answer the following question correctly, you could win a prize

Arthur Arnold was –  A.  A surveyor  or  B.  A politician  or    C.  A travel writer ?

Come and tell us on the Friends table on Sunday.

One Comment leave one →
  1. David Thompson permalink
    July 13, 2012 5:03 pm

    I enjoyed the TV programme last night and was delighted to find this engraving of Sir Arthur Arnold. I am descended from his youngest brother (he had no children of his own) and have been looking for a picture of him for some time. I am sure he would be delighted to see the estate in such good condition over 100 years later. If Melanie Arnold is also related perhaps she would like to contact me.

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