Friday, 12 June 2015

Lime & Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits

For a nice simple biscuit recipe there is nothing better than shortbread.  Today I decided to try some lime and chocolate ones.

The recipe below produces a lovely, crumbly shortbread, with a nice lime flavour infused throughout.  Then it is just a matter of adding some chocolate.  I decided to put my chocolate on the base, rather than dipping the biscuits, as they are so fragile.  But if you try them, and make yours slightly thicker than mine you may be able to dip them quite easily.

Now that the chocolate has cooled and firmed up the biscuits are no longer so brittle and are just so melt in the mouth delicious.
Lime & Chocolate Shortbread

Ingredients:

  • 140g plain flour
  • 30 g cornflour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp of lime zest
  • 113 g softened butter
  • 62g icing sugar
  • 100g dark chocolate

Method:

  1. Cream the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffly
  2. Add the egg yolk and lime zest and mix until combined
  3. Add the flour and cornflour also until fully combined.
  4. Take the dough and form it into a sausage, about 12 inches long.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for two hours to firm up.
  6. Preheat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/350 F.
  7. Grease two baking sheets.
  8. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut into slices no thinner than a quarter of an inch.
  9. Place on the baking sheets, leaving room for them to spread a little.
  10. Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes until beginning to brown slightly on the eggs.
  11. Remove from the oven and prick the top of each biscuit with a fork to allow any steam to escape.
  12. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie(or in a microwave oven if you prefer)
  13. When the biscuits have cooled turn them over and coat each one with chocolate and leave to set.



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