Chocolate Biscuits (and the strange cookie piping machine)
August 2nd 2010 00:36
A little over a year ago now I inherited a few kitchen items from my parents. As is often the way, I was filled with enthusiasm when I bought these items home, but some where along the line, life got in the way and I haven't made the time to play with most of the things.
The biscuit gun has been in the back of my mind as something to have a play with just about every weekend, but it wasn't until recently that I actually pulled on the bits and pieces and had a go.
I'll say from the outset, I was a bit disappointed with the results. I used the recipe which came with machine, thinking it would be an appropriate viscosity to use with the machine (after all, why supply a recipe that's not suitable...), but straight away I was aware that it was much to dry to easily pipe through the machine.
Adding half a cup of milk gave me a better consistency, but when I came to pipe the mixture out I still struggled with the machine. I played with the different shaped end pieces, and was most pleased with the results of the star piece, not ecstatic, but happier.
Once they were baked they puffed into shape a little more, and once I had sandwiched them together with the filling they weren't looking too bad.
And they were very tasty, which is guess is there main function!
If you don't feel like playing around with a biscuit piping gun, then feel free just to spoon these onto a tray and bake - they may even come out looking nicer.
Chocolate filled chocolate biscuits (I have converted the recipe from ounces, which is why there are a few odd measurements)
170g self raising flour
170g butter, softened
170g icing sugar
1/2 cup milk
pinch of salt
170g icing sugar
85g butter, softened
1 dessert spoon cocoa powder
To Make Biscuits: Cream the butter and sugar. Gradually add the beaten egg, then stir in the sifted flour, cocoa and salt. Mix well. Add up to half a cup of milk to form a wet batter. Put through the piping gun onto a greased tray. Bake in a moderate oven for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool before sandwiching together.
To Make Filling: Combine all ingredients, stirring well to ensure there are now pockets of dry ingredients. Spread a teaspoon or so between two biscuits and sandwich together.
Has anyone else tried to use one of these devices? Do you have a good recipe for them? Know of any tricks?
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