Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chocolate Biscuits: Easiest Heston ever!

Unlike the millionaire shortbread (which were great but oh so fiddly) these were genuinely easy. So easy that the first time we made them, my nine year old did it all herself (supervised). We forgot to take photos half way through that time and then they all got eaten. Oops. So this is Mark II.

Basically its these steps:

  1. cream the butter and sugar
  2. sift all the dry stuff together
  3. mix the dry stuff into the butter
  4. put on trays and bake
 Seriously, that's it. The biscuits are nicely chocolate, but with a slight saltiness and not too sweet. Oh,  and we learned from the first batch that made as directed it makes about 10 biscuits. They only lasted a couple of days in this sweet-tooth household. So this time we made a treble batch, cooked half and froze half.

Wanna see how easy it is?

Step 1: Cream the butter and sugar.


Step 2: Sift the dry ingredients

Plain flour.. bicarb & salt... cocoa..

Step 3: Mix the dry stuff into the creamed butter/sugar

 (in batches of course)

Step 4: Put on trays and bake  

The  recipe suggests ice cream scoop sized balls. This is fine, but we felt they were a big on the large size. So these were large walnut sized balls.

 (I love it when the lumps get all melty)..

And here's the extra all set up to be frozen.

Things we learned:

  • Make a double batch at least. 10 biscuits from a single batch doesn't go far.
  • Ice cream scoops makes around 8cm diameter (from memory) biscuits. Downsize unless you want big un's.
  • Dead easy, your kids can make them!
  • Creaming unrefined caster sugar (that the brownish sugar, but caster sized crystals) takes a lot longer to cream, but it will get there. Be patient.
  • I think it is necessary to have the good Dutch cocoa in this, it doesn't use much.


Guest (Family) opinions:

  •  Excellent basic biscuit, sweet enough to kill a sweet craving but not so sweet you want to eat the whole batch.
Next: I have a dinner party to hold this Friday! I had to go to the art supply store and the hardware store to prepare!

1 comment:

  1. These look fantastic! Will definitely have to make two batches like you advise, one to eat right away and a stash in the freezer.