From Cakes, Pastries and Bread by Jennie Reekie.
A few notes:
- Make these as big or small as you want really, they would be very cute as sort of a 'nibble' size. I made mine sort of 'Bourbon sized' and so that's how I'll instruct you.
- Don't believe what they tell you about all the things that stop syrup being sticky-to-your-spoony...basically syrup is sticky, so I find the best way to keep it in check is to use a spatula to get it from soon to bowl.
Makes about 15
You will need
a baking sheet, lined with greaseproof
For the biscuits
50g butter, at room temperature
50g caster sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
100g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
15g cocoa powder
For the filling
25g milk or dark chocolate, depending on your taste, chopped or in chips
1.5 tbsp water
50g icing sugar
- Are you ready? Get your oven preheating to 170°c.
- Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric hand whisk or wooden spoon until it's light and fluffy and airy looking.
- Beat in the syrup to combine.
- Now sift in your flour, baking powder and cocoa and fold through with a metal spoon until you have a chocolate brown, fairly stiff dough.
- Roll the dough out thinly on a lightly floured surface and cut into rectangles about 2.5x6cm.
- Transfer the biscuits to your baking sheet and gather up the left over dough.
- Keep rolling out and cutting up until it's all used up.
- Prick the biscuits a few times with a fork for that authentic Bourbon styling daaarling and baking for around 15 minutes, until just starting to darken.
- Leave the biscuits to firm up on the baking sheet for a few moments and then transfer to a wire wrack to cool completely.
- Now to make the filling.
- All you need to do is melt the chocolate and water together, either in the microwave being careful to check regularly or over a pan of simmering water.
- Sift in the icing sugar and whisk together until you have a lovely paste.
- Pop in the fridge for a while, an hour or so, so it an cool an become a spreadable consistency.
- When the biscuits are 100% cold and the paste is ready, spread it over half the biscuits and make lovely chocolate biscuit sandwiches.
- Dingdong....vicar calling.