Sunday, 10 November 2013

A treat fit for a lady

The Everyday Baker household is dominated by boys. Which isn't a problem, I'm not a girly girl by any means. But this is my version of getting all girly, these are the perfect little lady biscuits which I like to enjoy with a cup of tea, while my lads simply like to inhale and destroy them in a big chocolatey mess. They are a great biscuit to show off with and they are relatively easy to whip up, I find it easier to pipe them as I can't be bothered rolling a million little balls and try to get them somewhat even. 
The salt in these sounds odd, but it cuts through the sweetness and is divine.

Chocolate Salted Creams
125g butter
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 cup plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup coca
2 tablespoons custard powder
1 egg
1-2 tablespoons milk

100g butter
1 cup icing sugar
50g dark chocolate, melted
1-2 teaspoons sea salt flakes

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line two trays with baking paper. 
Place butter, sugar, baking powder, flour, cocoa and custard powder in a mixer (enter the trusty Kitchenaid mixer) and mix until crumbly. Add egg and milk and continue to mix until it binds together. If you're rolling into balls, it should be firmer but if you're planning on piping it, add more milk if needed.
Using a star nozzle (well I did, but whatever you've got is fine) pipe twenty cent piece sized balls onto the trays, allowing room for spreading. Bake for 12 minutes and allow to cool on rack.
To prepare icing, cream butter in a mixer until smooth and creamy and add icing sugar, melted chocolate and finally the salt. 
Sandwich together biscuits with icing and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee, like a lady. 

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