Sunday, December 7

Chocolate and Ginger Biscuits

I'd been planning these Biscuits for a while and when I came to make them (as in half the ingredients measured) I discovered that someone had used the last of the cocoa powder. So I improvised. Really improvised.
They turned out pretty yummy considering but I would say that if you intend to use this recipe then you should substitute the hot chocolate mix and grated chocolate for a good cocoa powder that will give you a darker chocolate taste.
(Makes about 25)
230g butter (softened)
210g sugar
256g flour
50g grated dark chocolate and 60g quality hot choc powder (or better 110g cocoa)
1 egg
2 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
50g crystallised ginger pieces
To decorate:
100g dark chocolate
100g white chocolate
Holly sprinkles

Sift the flour and hot choc powder in a bowl and mix in the salt, ginger and grated chocolate. Set aside
In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, being careful not to overwork the butter.
Add egg and combine carefully then gently stir in the vanilla
Gradually add the flour mix until a dough has form (I like to get my hands in on this actions but make sure I handle it carefully)
Halve the dough and wrap one half in cling film. Add the ginger pieces to the other half and mix in evenly before wrapping this also
Refrigerate both lots of dough for at least an hour
Once it has chilled, remove the dough from the fridge. Flour your surface and roll, cutting round biscuits and placing on a grease-proof paper lined baking tray.
Place baking trays with biscuits in the fridge and preheat the oven to 160C Fan
After at least half hour you can start baking - The biscuits need about 10 minutes in the oven
Leave them to cool completely on a cooling rack
To decorate: Melt dark chocolate, allow to cool a little then dip half of each biscuit (with the ginger pieces in) and embellish with some holly sprinkles*. Lay on a piece of baking paper to set. Then do the same with the white chocolate, this time dipping the other type of biscuit
*If you can't get hold of holly sprinkles (these were Tesco's last year) then you could use some red and green royal icing.

Aah Christmas Baking fun!
x

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