Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chocolate Snowcap Biscuits

100g soft butter
150g granulated sugar
2 medium eggs
½ tsp vanilla extract
160g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
½ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
60g icing sugar

With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until pale. Add eggs one at a time, beating well, then vanilla extract. Sift in the flour, then the cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, working with a rubber spatula until smooth. Cover and chill for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 170C. Place the icing sugar in a shallow bowl. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. Roll in the icing sugar until heavily coated.

Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, leaving room for spreading, and bake for 14 – 15 minutes until firm outside but still a little squidgy inside. Leave to cool on a tray for 5 minutes, then cool completely on a wine rack.

For hot white chocolate: Gently heat 250ml milk without boiling, When hot, remove from the heat and add 50g white chocolate, stirring. Beat with an electric mixer until frothy, pour into small glasses, cups or beakers and serve with the snowcap biscuits.

Serves 12.

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