Ginger chocolate biscuits
There are some things, that you eat quite happily, then you taste homemade and there’s no going back. Biscuits (or cookies if you prefer) are a good case in point. Although I munch occasionally on a digestive or a bourbon they are a poor relation to the crumbly or chewy morsels that, with very little effort, can emerge from your oven in a short space of time.
Take these chewy ginger chocolate cookies from Joy the Baker for instance. The most arduous part of the recipe is rolling out the dough into balls, but that’s the soothing therapeutic nature of cooking for me (plus I had the audio version of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel keeping me riveted).
I won’t republish the whole recipe – pop over to Joy for that. But I have converted the ingredients list for people like me who prefer scales to volume. I could actually have a little rant about why weighing is preferable to measuring but Ms Marmite Lover has done it far better than me. In addition to the main argument about consistency and accuracy, I would add that it makes such a mess trying to ladle out an exact cupful of flour or sugar from the bag (and much more washing up).
Anyway, whichever method you choose, do try these. My biscuits have always emerged crisp rather than chewy after 12 minutes but are none the worse for that. I took them to our UAE food blogger picnic and they got the seal of approval. Need I say more?
Chocolate ginger biscuits (for full recipe visit Joy the Baker)
Makes 48 biscuits
340g plain flour
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
155g unsalted butter, softened
185g light brown sugar
1 large egg (55g if you are interested!)
Approx 83g molasses or treacle
Approx 60g dark chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate 70% cocoa solids)
Approx 75g granulated sugar, for rolling dough balls
The oven temperature is 180C
To quote Ms Marmite lover, ‘Are you comfortable with cups? Or do you groove to grams? How do you measure up?’ And what ‘bought’ goods have you made at home that have been a revelation? Let me know.