Hi Bold Bakers!
I thought I would bring some Irish flavor to my desserts and share with you a biscuit that is very popular on the Emerald Isle–Homemade Chocolate Hobnobs.
They are best described as an oaty shortbread with chocolate on top. Biscuits in Ireland are not the same as the soft American biscuits, they are a cookie. However cookies can be soft and chewy where as biscuits are mostly crips and crunchy, with no softness.
Biscuit are made to be enjoyed with a cup of tea. Dunking them in your tea is what softens them. The Irish are a nation of tea drinkers.
Tea is consumed morning, noon and night in my house. Even living in the States now I still carry on the tradition and have tea time everyday around 3 o’clock. I sit down, watch my stories and have a cup of Irish tea.
I love making homemade versions of baked good that are commonly bought in the store. I have a fantastic recipe for Homemade Graham Crackers that taste just like the real thing.
- 8 ½ tablespoons (125g / 4oz) unsalted butter
- ⅓ cup (80g / 3 oz) brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons golden syrup
- ⅔ cup (100g / 3½ oz) porridge oats
- ⅔ cup (100g / 3½ oz) wholemeal flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ - 1 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
- ⅔ cup (100g ) chocolate
- 2 tablespoons ( 30g / 1 oz) unsalted butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 F /180 C and line a few trays with parchment paper.
- With a hand or stand mixer cream the butter and the brown sugar until pale, fluffy and smooth.
- Add the golden syrup and beat until it's incorporated.
- On a low speed, mix in the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- Once the dry and wet ingredients are evenly combined bring the dough together into a ball, wrap with cling wrap and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
- Roll the dough into small balls about the size of a tablespoon and flatten on the tray until they are about 2 inches in diameter. Be sure to leave a bit of room between the cookies for spreading.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown, then allow to cool on the trays.
- Melt the chocolate and butter together in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water or in the microwave.
- Spoon a teaspoon of chocolate onto the top of each cookie and spread out evenly using the back of a spoon.
- Once the chocolate has slightly set swirl your spoon across the chocolate working your way down the cookie in the shape of a figure eight. This will create that beautiful classic hobnob look!
- Allow to set before enjoying/dunking into tea.
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