Saturday, 28 August 2010

Recipe on Test: Chocolate Brownie Biscuits by Paul Merrett


I recently read Economy Gastronomy - the collaboration between Paul Merrett and Allegra McEvedy that promises to show us how to cook substantial and delicious meals on a budget. It's a great book, and one I turn to again and again for family recipes that everyone will enjoy - even my fussy two year old. This recipe needed no introduction or persuasion however - Chocolate Brownie Biscuits.

The recipe promised soft fudgy brownie-style cookies with a crisp crackled topping. And that's exactly what I got, as you can see from the picture above. On biting, the crisp outer of the biscuit crackles and gives way to decadently moist and rich chocolate underneath.

One of the great things about it is that you don't need special 70% cocoa solilds or higher chocolate. I used regular Belgian Dark Chocolate which worked a treat. The biscuits turned out intensely chocolatey and very rich. They were all finished off in the same afternoon, and I've promised to make them again. The mixture smells wonderful even before it's gone into the oven which is always a good sign. 

The only annoying part was whisking the eggs and sugar together until they become light and fluffy and thicken. I had forgotten to use a food processor so whisked by hand and it took quite a while - about 15 minutes. Next time I will just get on with the extra washing up and get out the processor.

I urge you to make this recipe. It can be found in Economy Gastronomy: Eat Better and Spend Less by Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merrett. Published by Michael Joseph 2009 ISBN 978-0718155728 - Check it out here on Amazon (affiliate link)...