December 24, 2011

Christmas chocolate biscuits

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At this time of the year I always deeply feel in my heart a gift of joyful, incredible blessed and glowing. There’s something about Christmas, it’s the special season to give very special caring and special sharing. To me, “December “has forever called for Christmas, A very wonderful holiday season!
Christmas is all about cooking and baking, having some pretty decorations to every corner of the house. I find it sensible and wise to do things that make the season shining through and celebrate with the joyful and cheerful


Although the day today had completely gloomy, it all really doesn’t matter because I think that was kind of the sky painted and dimness which brings the mood of Christmas is just perfect, pleasing and calm as the season has it own way which should be.
To celebrate the festive season, today I baked the Christmas chocolate biscuits and my favorite Christmas recipe that usually taken from none else other than NigellaLawason--the reasons, it because easy to make and it has very basic preparations, its an absolute requirement!
 
I did a minor modified to her recipe such adding vanilla, add-in extra amount of cocoa powder and fixing the quantity of sugar because I did some fun icing to the biscuit for them to looks appealing for the holiday season, *oh not to forget to mentions that I love my biscuits so have intensity of chocolate, the rest I followed the recipe exactly as I like to make sure that the recipe really works on my taste.



Wishing every one of you a wonderful Holiday season.

May your season be blessed with peace, be filled with all its joys and love.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas chocolate biscuits
Recipe via Nigella Lawson and modified by me



Ingredients

250g soft butter

100g caster sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder (40g for original recipe) 

300g plain flour--I use kunci biru flour 

1 teaspoon vanilla 

1/2 teaspoon  bicarbonate soda   

1 teaspoon baking powder 








  Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3 and line a baking sheet

Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl and, when you have a light, soft, whipped mixture, beat in cocoa powder (sieving if it is lumpy) and when that’s mixed in, beat in the flour with the bicarb and baking powder.
Or just put everything in the processor and blitz, if you prefer.

This mixture is very soft and sticky and I find it easiest to form the biscuits using smaller size of ice cream scoop or you can always do pinch off pieces about the size of a large walnut, roll them into balls, then slightly flatten into fat discs as you place them, well spaced, on your baking sheet, you should get about 12 on at a time.

Bake each batch for 15 minutes, even though the biscuits won’t feel as if they’ve had enough time, they will continue to cook as they cool. They will look slightly cracked on top, and it’s this cosy, homespun look I love.

  Remove the baking sheet to a cold surface and let it sit for 15 minutes before transferring the biscuits to a wire rack, with a sheet of newspaper under it (to catch drips while topping them).

** You can always decorate your biscuits with some festive topping or just simple icing as I do



FOR THE FESTIVE TOPPING:

2 x 15ml tablespoons cocoa powder
175g icing sugar
60ml boiling water, from a kettle
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Christmas sprinkles