Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Easy Chocolate Finger Biscuits

I made these to go alongside the citrus squares – variety is the spice of life after all! They look so pretty and would make a great birthday/Christmas present in cute little boxes – and they’re REALLY easy to make. You can try different chocolate for dipping; milk or white chocolate would work just as well.

115g plain flour
Pinch of baking powder
2tbsp cocoa powder
50g caster sugar
50g unsalted butter
3tbsp golden syrup

100g dark chocolate
Chocolate balls or strands to decorate

Pre-heat your oven to 160c and grease/line your baking tray(s).
Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl, and then add the butter and golden syrup. Using your hands, rub the butter and syrup into the dry ingredients until it starts to form a soft dough. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes to make sure all the ingredients are well combined.
Take two sheets of baking paper and place the dough between them. Roll the dough between the sheets to a rectangular shape, about A4 size and just a couple of millimetres thick.
Trim the edges so the side of the rectangle are straight, then cut in half length ways. Cut each half into a dozen or so slices, about an inch in width and transfer them to your prepared baking tray(s). Re-roll and re-use and offcuts until all the dough is used up.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, and take them out just before they start to colour. They will still be a little soft when you take them out, so leave them on the trays to cool for a couple of minutes until they firm up. Once firm, you can move them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
Once the biscuits are cool, break the chocolate up into small pieces and place in a small but deep microwave safe bowl. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, heating it in 15-20 second blasts and stirring between each one, taking care not to burn it.
Dip one end of the biscuits into the melted chocolate, letting any excess drip off. Lie the biscuit on a sheet of baking paper (you can use the clean side of same pieces you used to roll out the dough) and sprinkle a few chocolate balls or strands onto the chocolate before it sets.

And there you have it - fancy looking biscuits are easier than you thought, eh?

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