Although I am a coffee drinker, I love the custom of afternoon tea. Generally, I make myself a cup of tea during the day. At times, and very rarely, I like a little something to snack alongside my cup of tea.
The other day, I put together a chocolate biscuit.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons sugar
4 Tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
6 Tablespoons, cold, unsalted butter
3/4 cup plus 2-3 Tablespoons milk
- Put all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- Using a wire whisk, mix until all the cocoa and other ingredients are combined.
- Cut the butter into 6 pieces, add to dry ingredients. Using a pastry cutter, cut butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Add milk; stir until dry ingredients are moistened.
- Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead dough lightly. Pat the dough into a circle, 3/4 inch thick.
- With a 2-inch biscuit cutter cut dough, re-rolling the scraps of dough as you go along, into 12 biscuits.
- Place biscuits on to a parchment lined baking sheet 1 inch apart.
- Bake in to the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Serve hot with butter, jam, jelly or preserves.
They are so tender with a touch of sweetness and just the perfect hint of chocolate flavor. Therefore adding a jam, or preserve doesn’t make for snack that is too sweet.
I chose a cherry preserve. It has a sweet/tart taste and was perfect for these chocolate biscuits.
During the day, indulge and pamper yourself once in a while. Brew a nice cup of hot tea, pour it into your prettiest cup and let your mind drift to all things good.