Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Chocolate Cream Biscuits

Recipe No: 214
I am a big fan of Britannia Bourbon (Chocolate Cream) Biscuits (Somehow I don’t like any of the other brands.) and unfortunately (or fortunately for me!) my kids are not. But even now, I buy these at times and indulge in a blissful moment all by myself!!! So I decided to make something that is similar to that Britannia Bourbon and along came these Biscuits… and I should say I didn’t get a chance to indulge in these Biscuits much, as my daughter went crazy over it and ate most of it together with her father!!!
Ingredients                                         Makes around 15
To make the Biscuits
  • Butter……………………….......1/2 cup/ 1 stick/ 8 Tablespoons (room Temperature)
  • All Purpose Flour/ Maida…1 ¼ Cup
  • Cocoa Powder………………...2 Tablespoons
  • Fine Sugar……………………..1/4 Cup (If Sugar has big granules powder it slightly)
  • Water……………………………2 Tablespoons
  • Granulated Sugar for sprinkling on top
To make the Cream
  • Semisweet Chocolate chips…1/3 Cup
  • Milk Powder…………………..…1 Tablespoon
  • Water…………………………..….1 Tablespoon
  • Vanilla Essence………………...1/4 Teaspoon
  • Instant Coffee Powder…….…1/8 Teaspoon
  • Butter………………………….…..1 Tablespoon
  • Powdered Sugar………………..1 Tablespoon
Method of Preparation
To make the Biscuits
  1. Mix together Flour, Sugar and Cocoa Powder really well.
  2. Mix in the Butter with your hands (just like you make Puttupodi) thoroughly until it resembles wet sand.
  3. Add the Water and knead it into soft dough.
  4. Cover the dough with Aluminum Foil and refrigerate for about ½ hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375˚F/190˚C.
  6. Once chilled, roll out the dough into a rectangle with 1/8 of an inch
  7. Cut 3 X 1 inch rectangles from the rolled out dough and place them on a buttered cookie sheet ½ inch apart.
  8. Prick the top of the Biscuits with a fork and sprinkle granulated Sugar on top of half of the Biscuits.
  9. Bake them in the middle of the oven for 12 minutes or until the sides start to turn light brown.
  10. Once out of the oven, let it cool on the sheet itself.
To make the Cream (Substitutes in the notes section)
  1. Dissolve  Milk Powder in Water thoroughly. (Use 1 ½ Tablespoons of Heavy Cream instead)
  2. Add Chocolate chips, Coffee and Butter to the Milk and double boil till it melts thoroughly. (You can Microwave it, but do stop and mix every 10 seconds.)
  3. Once slightly cooled, mix in Vanilla Essence and Powdered Sugar to the Chocolate mixture and keep aside till ready to be used.
To assemble the Cream Biscuits
  1. Spread some Cream on the flat side of the Biscuits without Sugar and sandwich it with  Biscuits with Sugar on top. Press slightly so that the Cream spreads till the edge.
  2. Allow it to set for 1 hour before serving.
  • In US, the regular Sugar is very fine. So I used granulated Sugar, which has bigger granules to sprinkle on top of the Biscuits. Fine Sugar will not be seen once the Biscuits are done. If the Sugar you are using have big granules(like the ones in India) do use that to sprinkle on top.
  • Rotate the tray half way through baking to ensure even cooking of the Biscuits.
  • This Biscuits will not rise or spread much as there are no leavening agents in the dough. But because of the amount of Butter it will be very light.
  • While making the Cream, mix in the Powdered Sugar to the chocolate mixture only after it is cooled otherwise the Sugar will melt.
  • If the prepared Cream is a bit on the loose side, keep it in the fridge and allow it to chill so that it hardens slightly.
  • Let the Biscuits cool thoroughly before making it into Cream Biscuits.
  • This Biscuits as such is not on the Sweeter side as it is meant to be eaten with the Cream which is on the sweeter side. But I have to say my daughter like it even without the Cream.
  • The Cream in the middle will become more stable as it sits. After 5-6 hours it will become perfect. (We didn't have so much patience and so the Cream came out a bit while eating.)
  • Substitutes for the Chocolate Cream:
  1. If you want a Vanilla Cream do mix Butter with Powdered Sugar and a bit of Vanilla Essence till it attains a creamy consistency.
  2. Avoid Vanilla Essence from the above Cream and add Cocoa Powder made into a paste with Water to get a very simple Chocolate Cream. Add Powdered Sugar as needed.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…


Jayanthy Kumaran said...

wow...this recipe looks amazing are really talented.
Tasty appetite

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow..this looks superb Asha...


Neenu M N said... most fav biscuit..did u really make them at home...I cant believe...really aprrecianle job..hats off ASha...

Unknown said...

Perfect...I think Britannia company is going to SUE you.....Just kidding Yaar ...wonderful Work.....

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, feel like grabbing some, very addictive and fabulous looking bourbon biscuits...Marvellous..

sojo said...

Ash, you never cease to surprise me!!!!!! amazing job....

Lifewithspices said...

They are awesome.. i love them..perfect like store bought ones..

Anonymous said...

Great Asha ... u r a real chef ...

കാര്‍ത്തിക.... said...

Hii asha chechi...i am a beginner in this cooking world..i'm taking that freedom to call u chechi..really ur recipies are awesome!!!really...
these look like my all time favourite borbon biscuits...which comes with some nostalgic favourite panchaara cream biscuits..

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