Thursday, 15 March 2012

Double Chocolate Chip Biscuits


My 8 year old son came home from school today with a very interesting homework assignment. He was given a "free choice", meaning he could choose what form his homework took. He chose to write out a recipe from one of his cook books. That's not the most interesting part. The interesting bit is that his teacher commended him on his choice then said, as part of the assignment he was to cook the recipe and bring it to school for her to try. I'm figuring she was pretty sure he wouldn't show up at school with a platter of lambs brains on toast. I love your work Mrs Jones (not her real name). Some how I think my kid is going to end up with quite a few extra homework assignments this year. We're expecting an A+ if your reading this Mrs Jones.

Double Chocolate Chip Biscuits
from Junior Masterchef Australia
Makes about 36

200g dark chocolate (at least 50% cocoa solids), chopped
125g unsalted butter, chopped
150g plain flour
75g self-raising flour
150g brown sugar
95g white chocolate chips
95g milk chocolate chips
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.

Place chocolate and butter in a microwave proof bowl and microwave until melted (about 2 minutes at 50% - keep checking until it's almost all melted then let it fully melt on resting). Or you can use the double boiler method - put the chocolate and butter in a bowl and set it over a pan of simmering water until melted. Don't let the bottom of the bowl touch the water.

Sift the flours into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and break up any lumps. Add the chocolate chips and stir.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Pour melted chocolate mixture and eggs into the well and mix until well combined.

Drop level tablespoons of the mixture on to the prepared trays, spacing them about 3cm apart to allow for spreading. Bake the biscuits in batches.

Bake for 15 minutes or until they have risen and tiny cracks appear on the surface. Remove them from the oven and leave them on the hot tray for 3 minutes to firm up a little. Using a spatula, carefully transfer the biscuits from the trays to wire racks to cool completely.

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