Sunday, 20 June 2010

Biscuits

Everyone likes biscuits, seriously everyone. Frankly if you don't, I don't want to know you, you're evil and disturbed. Not only—I hypothesize—does everyone like biscuits, everyone loves the biscuits I'm gonna teach you to make. They are perfect biscuits. A lovely crumbly texture, the perfect balance of sweet and bitterness. Not too rich, and just a little salt to make them extra delicious. They're also quite classy, you wouldn't be ashamed to serve these to the Queen. And what's more, I bet you she'd love them. Anyway that's enough up-bigging, the recipe:

Here's what you'll need:

285g Caster Sugar
225g Butter cubed (take about half a cm off a pack of butter and use what's left)
2tbsps Double Cream
2 Egg Yolks
285g Plain Flour
100g Cocoa Powder
2tsps salt
2tbsps coffee (can be ground or just instant it doesn't really matter)
100g pack of your favourite chocolate, I like Lindt Orange Intense

Here's how you make them:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees or 180 for a fan.

Use a Kenwood mixer for all the mixing or it will take a lot longer and your arm might fall off.

Put the Sugar and Butter into the mixer and mix, gradually increasing the speed until well creamed.

Next add the Cream and Egg Yolks, mix until well combined.

Add the Flour, Cocoa Powder, Salt and Coffee, start the mixer off slowly so you don't get Flour and Cocoa flying everywhere, once it starts combining better increase the speed, it will be loud and shaky but just endure it, nothing will break.... I hope.

Take well heaped teaspoons of the dough and roll into balls, and place evenly spaced on baking sheets.

Next take the chocolate, if you're using Lindt break each square into 4, until you have 32 pieces.

There should be two pieces left over which you can enjoy at your leisure.

Push a piece into each ball of dough.

Put the biscuits in the oven for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes remove them from the oven and leave to cool on the baking sheets.

Try a couple just to make sure they're good, which they will be.

There you have it, I'll be honest I don't think they're great for dunking but they sure go down well with a really nice cappuccino. I really hope you'll enjoy these and I hope you'll share them and this recipe with your friends.

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