Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Vanilla Orange Chocolate Biscuits

From Cakes

I've recently become addicted to home made biscuits. Especially mixed vanilla-orange and chocolate biscuits. They are quite easy to prepare, the difficulty lies in making them last!

Rub together (or use a blender) to create fine crumbs from:
  • 250g plain flour
  • 125g sugar
  • 125g hard vegetable fat spread/butter
  • 1/2 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 level teaspoon cream of tartar
  • (alternative to soda and tartar - use 1.5 level teaspoons baking powder)
add
  • an egg
  • freshly grated orange rind
  • a few drops of vanilla essence
Knead into a dough, it may be a bit soft at this stage.
Split the dough into two equal parts.
To one part add
  • 20g Cocoa powder
  • 15g sugar
  • teaspoon of milk
Knead until well combined.
If the dough is still sticky, chill for a couple of hours.

The two doughs can then be rolled out independently to create separate white and dark biscuits, by rolling out to about 5mm thickness on a floured surface and cutting out shapes.

Alternatively, combine blocks of the two together to create a multicoloured roll and slice off discs of about 5mm.

Place the cut out shapes or discs on a greased tray and bake for 7 to 10 minutes  at 170 deg C, in a preheated oven.

The biscuits should have risen and become golden brown.

Take off the tray and allow to cool on a grid.

Then store the crisp biscuits in a tin.

Whenever you open the tin, the delicious scent of oranges and chocolate will tempt you to have a biscuit or two!

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