Hot chocolate biscuits

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Chocolate and spice can be a surprisingly good match - as anyone who has tried chilli chocolate will agree. Flavoured with cinnamon, cayenne and black pepper, these spiced chocolate biscuits from Vivek Singh pack a real punch.

First published in 2016





  • Electric mixer


Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add both sugars and continue beating on a high speed for 1 minute until fully incorporated
  • 85g of butter, softened
  • 70g of soft brown sugar
  • 185g of caster sugar
Add the egg white and vanilla and beat until smooth, scraping down the side of the bowl as necessary
Sift the flour, cocoa, spices, salt and bicarb into the mixer
Beat on a low speed until a soft dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add a splash of milk to the mix
Divide the dough into 2 equal portions, then roll into 2.5cm thick logs. Wrap tightly in cling film and chill for at least 10 minutes
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
Before baking, cut horizontally across the logs to make 2-3mm thick discs and arrange on an oiled baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and bake for 11 minutes
  • 1 dash of olive oil
Remove the biscuits from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack
Meanwhile, place the white chocolate in a bowl and heat on a low power in the microwave - stirring every 45 seconds until completely melted
Once the biscuits have cooled, drizzle with chocolate and place in the fridge to set. Then, place in an airtight container and store at room temperature before serving
First published in 2016

After ignoring his father’s advice to become an engineer, Vivek Singh has built a distinguished career as a chef.

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