It's National Chocolate week and I was surfing the net for some inspiration for a chocolatey treat. I landed at the Baking Mad web site which is totally dedicated to recipes of scrumpticious mouthwatering delights and it also has wonderful and very useful tips and tricks to perfect your baking.
The Baking Mad site has so many recipes that I was wonderering which one to pick when I came across this delicious chocolate cupcake recipe which I think every chocolate lover should definately try.
I was all ready to bake the chocolate cupcakes when disaster struck as I was all out of the cocoa . How can I make chocolate cup cakes with out cocoa.? Not to be beaten, I was adamant to make a sweet treat so I changed my plan and stumbled upon these awesome and cute heart shaped biscuits.
100 grams Softened Butter unsalted
100 grams Caster Sugar (Silver Spoon Homegrown)
1 Happy Eggs lightly beaten
1 tsp Silver Spoon Cakecraft Natural Almond Extract
275 grams Plain White Flour (Allinson Nature Friendly)
2 pinches bicarbonate of Soda.
1.For the biscuits: heat the oven to 190C /375F, gas 5. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
2.Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
3.Beat in the egg and almond extract, a little at a time, until well combined. Stir in the flour and mix to a dough.
4.Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1 cm | 1/2" thick. Using heart shaped cookie cutters, cut shapes out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
5.Bake the biscuits for 8-12 minutes, until pale golden. Leave on the baking tray for 5 minutes to firm up, then place on a wire rack to cool.
6.For the icing: sift the icing sugar into a large bowl and stir in water as directed on the packet to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring.
7.Carefully spread the icing on the biscuits and place a sugar flower on each biscuit before the icing sets. Alternatively decorate them with ready to roll fondant icing and Pipe with royal icing as I did.
The biscuits turned out really wonderful and simply delectable .I can't wait to try some more recipes from Baking Mad as I have definately become a fan of the site.
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