Classic Chocolate Orange Biscuits

‘K you have been an angel and you can have a treat for being so good. What would you like?’
‘Mama, I wanna make biscuits..’
Can’t make this stuff up – love it!! Operation biscuit is a GO!

Chocolate Orange Classic Biscuits

I based these biscuits very heavily on BBC Good Food’s Basic biscuit dough recipe and added my own flavouring. The basic biscuit dough here gives quite a sticky, gloopy dough so if you want to do any specific shapes, then it is essential to chill the mixture.

I have added some notes on chilling the mixture and how to melt chocolate below so have a little read if you are not already familiar with the techniques.

 
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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 250g butter (soft) or margarine
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 300g plain flour
BASIC BISCUIT DOUGH
  1. Mix together the butter and sugar until fluffy
  2. Add in the egg yolk, vanilla extract and orange zest
  3. *There are some great videos on youtube on how to separate the yolk using an empty plastic bottle
  4. Sift in the flour and mix together to form a wet dough
CHILL
  1. Press out the mixture on a sheet of baking parchment
  2. Place another piece of baking parchment on top and roll out the mixture until it ends up in an even, flat layer
  3. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours
BAKE
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
  2. Remove the dough from the fridge and remove the top layer of baking parchment
  3. Carefully and quickly cut out your desired shapes and place on baking tray
  4. *Do this whilst the dough is cold or it will be difficult and you will need to refrigerate again
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges start to brown or go golden
  6. Remove (they will be soft) and place on a cooling rack to firm up
DECORATE WITH CHOCOLATE
  1. Melting chocolate can go horribly wrong if you don't do it properly or have the patience to wait it out
  2. I used Galaxy chocolate (simply because I love it)
  3. Place chunks of chocolate into a decorating bag (i used the Wilton disposable decorating bags)
  4. Boil some water in a pan and turn the gas off
  5. Place a bowl over the water but most importantly, don't allow the bowl to touch the water
  6. Place the icing bag in the bowl and cover with a lid
  7. Once melted, cut the edge and decorate the biscuits as you wish

 

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