Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Chocolate Chip

One of my kids fav biscuit recipes is this yummy and easy Chocolate Chip.

For a long time I've always tried to bake biscuits for the kids rather than buy them. Something natural and simple has always been the key to the biscuit recipe, and of course easy to bake.

I like to get the kids involved with baking because it gives them something creative and gives them an opportunity to make something in the kitchen which they wouldn't normally get to do.

So during the holidays last week, Ash and her cousins made a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies which they made on their own with a little helping hand from mum. That batch didn't last long so today, straight after school Ash pretty much made her first batch of biscuits on her own and this is the recipe for those yummy Choc Chips.

Chocolate Chip Biscuits

150 g butter
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed firmly
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
2oo g chocolate chips or darking chocolate roughly chopped
1/2 cup desiccated coconut

Preheat the oven to moderate 180C.
1. Beat the butter, sugars and yolk until light and creamy. Add the vanilla essence, combine well. Whenever I make biscuits I would normally just use a wooden spoon to cream the butter it's a bit more work but you can always use an electric mixer if you like.
2.Gradually add the flour, baking powder, desiccated coconut and the chocolate, stirring all ingredients until combined into a soft dough.
3. Shape the biscuits using your fingers, about a tablespoon of the mixture into a rough ball. I've never really liked well formed, uniform shaped biscuits so the roughly shaped biscuits are my fav and the best because the always give that homemade look.
4. Arrange the biscuits on a tray leaving room for the biscuits to expand. Bake for 15 mins or until lightly brown. Cool the biscuits on the trays. This biscuit is crisp but if you like a more chewy biscuit you can bake the biscuit for about 12 mins. * The tray doesn't normally have to be prepared with baking paper but you can if you like.

* You can store these biscuits in an airtight container and it should keep for about a week.

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