Saturday, February 04, 2006

Day 5 - Gooey chocolate biscuits

Today we had Felix's best friend over from 7.30am until 6pm as his mum is o/s at a conference and his Dad had to work. It rained nearly all day. Not hard rain, just that weird mist that eventually, they just ignored and played in as seriously, enough of inside already.

I made these to appease the restless monkeys. It's from
Jamie Oliver's Happy Days with the Naked Chef.

Gooey Chocolate Biscuits
140g butter
140g caster sugar

2 egg yolks
255g SR flour

30g cocoa powder

30 squares of chocolate

Cream butter and sugar

beat in egg yolks

add flour and cocoa powder
knead slightly then refrigerate for a while

Preheat oven to 190C.
Roll out one third of the dough until it's quite thin.

This was a bit fiddly, the dough is sort of crumbly and breaks a bit, but as it came to room temperature it became easier to work with. You still need to fridge it as it would be too sticky otherwise.

Use a smallish cookie cutter - I used a 5.5cm one as it was what I had, and stamp out shapes - I got about 25 but the aim is 30 (Jamie used a 4cm cutter, but using the squares of Cadbury chocolate and Nestle white melts I used, they wouldn't have fitted on that size).
Place on a lined baking tray. They don't spread much so can be quite close together.

Place a piece of chocolate on each disc.

Roll the rest of the dough out quite thinly, use a bigger cutter (I used 6.5cm) and cut out the same number of discs.
Put over the top of the other discs and chocolate, press gently around the edge to seal and keep the chocolate in.

They crumble a bit and look a bit rough and ready. Jamie assures this is what they're meant to look like, and they do work. See:

Bake for 10 minutes. Eat hot from the oven (they fall apart a bit but the chocolate is moltenly divine) or cold (it's sort of gooey).
they were a BIG hit.
Felix's friend: These are even better than the biscuits your mum made last time!


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