Saturday, 27 October 2012

White Chocolate and Almond Biscuits

These biscuits are perfect for when you need something delicious quickly and despite the simplicity of the method, they are surprisingly sophisticated in both flavour and texture. Sweet and fragrant, yet nutty and biscuity they are as impressive as they are gratifying. You should get about 10 biscuits out of the mixture, but as you'll see below it's a really easy one to scale up if you need more!

Prep time: 10 Minutes
Baking time: 14-15 Minutes
100g Butter (Softened)
150g Caster Sugar
1 Medium Egg Yolk
1/2tsp Vanilla Extract
100g Ground Almonds
100g Plain Flour
100g White Chocolate (Roughly Chopped)

Ready...steady...go! Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line two large baking sheets with baking paper. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar then beat in the egg yolk with the vanilla extract. Mix in the ground almonds, then sift in the flour and do the same. Throw in the white chocolate, then using your hands bring the mixture together to a dough. Break off a piece of the dough and roll into a ball, about the size of a golf ball. Flatten the ball down to a thick round shape between your hands and place on the tray. Repeat for the other balls, leaving them well spaced apart as they will spread slightly during baking, then place in the centre of the oven for 14-15 minutes. When the biscuits are golden brown on top remove from the oven and leave on the paper for 15 minutes, then peel off and leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Done!

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