Sunday, February 1, 2009

Chocolate biscuits

It's been chucking it down non-stop today (as if someone had turned a shower on over Cadiz), so we've had a pyjama day. We were planning to go out and celebrate the reopening of our local ice cream place after its winter break, but we decided to stay in and have biscuits instead. (Cookies to anyone on the other side of the Atlantic.)

The recipe is incredibly simple - basically, you bung the ingredients into the food processor and whizz them. Of course, with kids things are never that simple, and it took quite a lot of negotiating over whose turn it was to use the blender and one stern lecture before we finally produced these.

5g margarine
125g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
50g brown sugar
50g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g plain chocoolate, broken into squares
1 large egg

  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC, and prepare two baking sheets. (These can be a bit sticky, so oiled baking paper is probably a good idea.)
  2. Put all the ingredients apart from the egg into a food processor, and blend for a few seconds.
  3. Add the egg, and blend again.
  4. Using a teaspoon, put blobs of mixture on the tray. Leave plenty of space between the blobs, as they will spread. With wet hands, shape them to make them round.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes, then leave to cool on the baking sheets.
Is there anybody out there?
I sometimes wonder if anyone ever reads this blog (other than those members of my circle of close friends and family who feel more or less obliged to pander to my strange obsession with kitchen craft). But my blog now has its first official follower, the owner of Alley Katz Antiques in Amarillo, Texas. Sounds so exotic to us over here in Europe, obviously the place to go if you want see some really cool cowboy boots.

1 comment:

Lucía Bazaga said...

Hello there!!! Your blog just amazes me so YES, people out of your circle of friends READ it. My name is Lucía and I'm gaditana stuying now for a year in Leeds and I LOVE FOOD. I'm studying teaching English for Primary Education and have been lately really interested in English food and now that I'm here I'm so fascinated discovering not only British, Irish or Scottish food but dishes and ingredients all over the world since live on campus is so international...and you can even find southafrican food in the Leeds Market!!!

Taking down all your recipes now I just made up my mind to go shopping this weekend and find everything and start cooking.

Seriously, it's been so nice to read "avíos del puchero", "garbanzos con acelgas"...from a scottish. It's amazing. I'm not from the capital and my family is not gaditana neither but I'm doing my degree there and have been recently close to gaditana's gastronomy (can you believe I ate garbanzos con acelga last year in Cadiz for my very first time?). My boyfriend lives there and her mother is a really good cook...a different dish everyday for me is incredible.

Well, after have written a complete literature, thank you so much for creating this blog!!!!