Monday, 24 August 2009

Checkerboard biscuits

Very tasty, and a bit tricky to make. Have added a video at the end, which is around 20 minutes in duration.. So check the recipe below and if you need some more help, have a look at the vid.

This is what you need:

150 grms COLD butter, cut in small pieces
150 grms sugar - measure and then grind
300 grms flour
3 tbls cocoa powder
1 egg
1 egg white
Flour to dust

This is what you should do:

1- put the flour, sugar, butter and egg in the bowl of the processor, or, mix them together carefully with cool hands on a cold surface

2- wrap in foil and put it in the fridge for at least half an hour

3- take it out, flour your work top. Break off around a small third of the whole and set aside

4- halve the rest, set aside one ball and add the cocoa powder to the other one, so that you have two balls, one light and the other dark

5- roll both out, on a floured surface, to approximately the same size, trying to get as good a square as you can manage

6- brush the light sheet with egg white, and place the dark one atop it

7- mark and cut off strips of around 1 and half cm width

8- roll out the separated sheet of dough, thinner than the first two ones

9- brush with egg white, and place the strips, starting with brown, then white, brown, white, next to each other. Just use four at a time

10- layer them like this, to make three layers, brushing with egg white between each layer

11- fold the sheet over this log, to close it in, place the log wrapped in foil to cool for half an hour

12- mark thin slices and cut off with a sharp knife

13- bake for between 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool... and enjoy :)