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Chocolate Lime Biscuits

Biscuits | 17th March 2013 | By

 

A while back, I won a book voucher from the wonderful Dom over at Belleau Kitchen. It took me a while to make a decision, but I finally bought a copy of Delia’s Cakes; it’s a rather sober choice for me, but I’ve never really had any dealings with Delia, so I thought I’d give her book a try. It’s very nicely laid out with cool pastel colours (also not my usual style) and clear, rather plain photographs. She also gives instructions as to which part of the oven to place the bakes in. This is an essential but often overlooked part of baking, but rarely do recipe books mention it – big bonus point. There are lots of recipes I’m keen to try but I started out with one fairly standard recipe and one that was a little more unusual, both were citrus recipes and as I still have several limes to use up I did a citrussy swap.

The Cow Lady and Gingham Chicken were hosting a cake and coffee morning for Red Nose Day at their shop Jelly Pebbles. I was unable to attend (chocolate course!), but did manage to get a cake baked for the occasion. Lemon drizzle always seems to go down well and I thought Delia was bound to have a recipe for this classic which I wanted to convert into a lime drizzle. She did and so I did.

A couple of friends were acting in an am-dram production of Calendar Girls so I thought a box of biscuits would be a nice post performance pick-me-up. Again I turned to my new book and spotted a recipe for chocolate orange biscuits that Delia seemed quite keen on. With all my recent chocolate and lime experience (chocolate key lime pie, ginger and lime cake, lime and coconut loaf) I couldn’t see why the combination wouldn’t work in biscuit form.

This is how I made:

Chocolate Lime Biscuits

  • Creamed 125g unsalted butter and 175g caster sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Grated in the zest of three limes and creamed some more.
  • Sifted in 225g flour (half wholemeal and half white) and 2 level tsp baking powder. Stirred it in as best I could
  • Squeezed in the juice of half a lime (about 1 tbsp) and stirred.
  • Mixed in 75g chopped 70% dark chocolate.
  • Brought the mixture together with my hands and rolled out on a floured surface to about 1 cm in thickness.
  • Cut out heart shapes. Re-rolled the trimmings and repeated the process creating about 30 biscuits in total.
  • Baked on a lined baking sheet, one batch at a time at 180C.
  • The first batch I set for 15 minutes (Delia quoted 20). Sadly they came out looking somewhat scorched, so the 2nd batch I set for ten minutes.
  • Removed onto a wire rack and dusted the tops with caster sugar.
The flavour of the biscuits was just what I was hoping for: the lime was present, but not  in the least overpowering and it complimented the chocolate nicely. Sadly, the rest didn’t go so well – the biscuits spread in the manner of pancakes and ended up about 2 mm in thickness rather than the desired 1 cm. As a result they were overdone, even those I cooked for 10 minutes were crisper than were comfortable to eat. I took the best of the bunch, placed them carefully in a box, tied them up with ribbons and hoped for the best. Whether they were just being polite or trying out their acting skills, I’m not sure, but our friends expressed their appreciation in very positive terms – darling they were simply marvellous ๐Ÿ˜‰
 
I didn’t get to try the lime drizzle loaf, but the absence of cake at the end of the day is usually a good sign.

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all Irish readers.

 

As I was trying to use up the last of my limes before they went off, I’m entering this into Credit Crunch Munch run alternately by Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla of Fab Food for All.

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    belleau kitchen
    17th March 2013

    well, i’m glad I could help with the book but a shame the biscuits spread so much. I made biscuits the other day that just wouldn’t work so I left the mixture in the bowl in the fridge and the next day they came together really well and didn’t spread when I baked them… very odd… love the idea of the taste though, chocolate limes were always a favourite as a kid… the lemon drizzle cake looks superb too! x

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      Choclette
      17th March 2013

      Well I do know, putting them in the fridge is what you are meant to do to stop them spreading, but dear Delia mentioned nothing about this particular trick. So a) I thought I’d trust her and b) I needed those biscuits in a hurry.

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      Choclette
      17th March 2013

      Thanks Dom – it’s only taken me 4 years to work out how to do it!

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    Susie @ Fold in the Flour
    17th March 2013

    I’ve just started dallying with Delia’s book, too. Only made one recipe so far, but it worked well. The lime and chocolate biscuits sound great, as does the idea of lime drizzle. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Johanna GGG
    17th March 2013

    Great pic on the new header – and the biscuits sound like something I would have loved if I was ever brave enough to get up on stage – sorry to hear they weren’t as you expected – I made savoury bikkies this weekend and did some to crispy and others that were more bready and the softer ones seemed to have more flavour – so I wonder if this altered the flavour or not.

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      Choclette
      17th March 2013

      Thanks Johanna – I’ve had the photo for a very long time but couldn’t work out how to get it up. Really pleased to have finally managed it. Savour biscuits are wonderful too – just what I need in fact when indulging in too much chocolate. I’m sure the amount of cooking will affect the flavour. Chocolate gets scorched and sugar turns to caramel.

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      Choclette
      17th March 2013

      Yes, I was thinking of those as I made them Jac. I wonder if they are still around.

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    Laura Loves Cakes
    17th March 2013

    I’ve been thinking about getting the Delia Cakes book and you may have inspired me to go ahead and buy! These are lovely biscuits and I like your substitution of lime…something a bit out of the norm! ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t know whether it would help in this instance but sometimes to stop biscuits spreading it can help to put the baking tray in the fridge for a while, with the cut biscuits on, to firm up before baking?

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    The Caked Crusader
    17th March 2013

    I bought that book and really like its no nonsense approach – I don’t want artfully blurred pics of a chef…I want the bakes! Your biscuits look lovely – chocolate and lime is not a combo I’ve baked with

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    Jen Price
    17th March 2013

    This sounds like a very tasty combination but don’t think it’s one I’ve tried before, something else to add to my mental list. Shame some of them didn’t turn out quite right, I seem to be a bit hit and miss with biscuits sometimes either because I roll them out a bit too thin or I lose track of the time and get a couple of crispy ones. I also tend to skip the fridge resting stage a lot of the time as well as I’m impatient!

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    Caroline
    17th March 2013

    Chocolate and lime sounds like a good combination for a biscuit. I had a quick flick through the Delia book and only spotted one recipe that I really wanted to make and haven’t seen in any of her other books, I think it was a chocolate loaf with fudge topping or something in that vein (my memory is rubbish!) and it did look good, but I’m not buying the book for one recipe! I hope you get to make lots more out of it though.

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    celia
    17th March 2013

    I always have problems with roll and cut cookies! I do much better with a sliced log, although then you wouldn’t have had such pretty heart shapes. It sounds like a lovely combination of flavours!

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    Alida
    17th March 2013

    Interesting combination Choclette. This is a very nice biscuit and very romantic heart shaped ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    vohnblog
    17th March 2013

    I love the idea of chocolate lime biscuits as the sweets are a favourite of mine. I don’t particularly like orange but for some reason hadn’t thought to swap it for lime. I’m looking forward to making these. Vohn

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    scrambled megs
    18th March 2013

    so lovely and would make a great and interesting gift. good combo x

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    Katie
    18th March 2013

    What a lovely gift for your friend and a delicious combination. Love your new header!

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    Camilla @FabFood4All
    18th March 2013

    This flavour combination sounds lovely. I’ve been making a similar biscuit with orange peel, no juice and no chocolate for years and recently adapted them for Christmas as Clementine cookies. They are so very easy to burn and I bake mine for 7 -10 minutes having learned by my mistakes many years ago. Thank you for flagging up this flavour combo which I must try and a fab entry to Credit Crunch Munch:-) You can’t beat a Lemon Drizzle Cake either and yours looked scrummy!

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    Shelley Jessup
    18th March 2013

    I like the sound of these as they combined two of my favourites tastes chocolate & lime.

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    Shu Han
    18th March 2013

    “but the absence of cake at the end of the day is usually a good sign.” lol. sounds like a gorgeous one!

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    mekristopher
    20th March 2013

    I made some for my coworkers and they loved them. Only change was to add a bit more flour. These had the perfect amount of lime flavor.

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    Dee Johnson
    2nd April 2013

    I love chocolate limes so I will probably love these. Should i make them because if i do i will probably eat them all myself.

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