Sunday, 17 June 2012

Hazelnut and honey biscuits

5 oz (125g) plain flour
pinch of salt
4 oz (100g) butter
2 1/2 oz (±60g) sugar
3 oz (75g) ground hazelnuts (or start with whole hazlenuts and chop them very finely in a nut-chopper)
A few tablespoons clear honey
2-3 oz plain chocolate (optional but highly recommended).

Cream the butter and sugar until soft. Stir in the ground hazlenuts, flour and salt. Mix well then turn out onto a floured board and knead to a smooth dough.
Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick. Using a small plain round cutter (oval is also good, but avoid shapes with too many delicate edges), cut out as many biscuits as possible. Place the biscuits on a greased baking tray (or several greased baking trays) and bake in the centre of a moderate oven (350F, Gas 4, 180C, 160 in fan oven) for 10-12 mins or until just golden brown at the edges. Remove from tray and cool on a rack.
Next, sandwich the biscuits together in pairs by sticking them together with honey.
Lastly, break the chocolate into squares and melt it (either in a bain-marie or in the microwave). Dip the biscuits into the chocolate so that they are half covered, then allow to set (place biscuits on greaseproof paper to avoid chocolate coming off again).
These are excellent served with coffee :-)
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