Posted by: gillarbuthnott | April 12, 2020

The Best Biscuits Ever

cookiesI posted a picture of these on Instagram and have been asked for the recipe. If you have a subscription to The Times you can find it on line, if not, here is a compressed version. I do hope I’m not about to be prosecuted for breach of copyright… The recipe is by Rahul Mandal, of ‘Bakeoff‘ fame and the cookies taste as good as they look.

1 Cream 50g butter, 40g tahini and 90g dark brown sugar. Add one egg and beat until well combined.

2 In another bowl, mix 100g plain flour, 25g cocoa powder, a quarter teaspoon each of baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, 1 tsp ground ginger, half a teaspoon ground cardamom (If you have it. Mine were fine without).

3 Sift half of the flour mixture into the butter mix and beat in. Sift in the other half and fold in along with 50g chopped dark chocolate, 75g chopped white chocolate and 30g chopped crystallised ginger. Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours to firm up.

4 Heat oven to Gas 4/165C fan. Roll 50g lumps of dough into balls then roll in sesame seeds. Put on baking paper on baking sheet(s). They will spread, so give them plenty of room.

5 Bake for 10 mins then take them out and bash the sheet on the top of the cooker to help the cookies spread. Put them back into the oven for another 5 mins.

6 Cool on tray for 10 mins, then on a cooling rack for as long as you can resist them.

7 Enjoy!  Rahul’s recipe used double the quantities and froze half the cookies ready to bake.  They take an extra 5-7 mins to bake from frozen.

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