Chocolate Biscuits, 1920

Posted in - Mrs C.S. Peel's Recipes & Peacetime & Recipes on February 14th 2014 0 Comments

This is an adapted recipe, using the other chocolate biscuit recipe on this blog as a base, which is not mine!  More butter, more sugar, more chocolate = better biscuits! The photograph below is the 1920 unadapted version which you see below from Granny Dot’s book.  The adapted version is below that.


In the words of Granny Dot:

‘Moderate oven. Time, 15 minutes.
Ingredients. – 6 ozs. of flour; 3 ozs. of castor sugar; 2 oz. of margarine; 2 ozs. of grated chocolate; 1 small tablespoonful of water; 1 egg or dried egg; vanilla essence.
Method. – Dissolve the chocolate in the water. Put the margarine in a basin and work with a wooden spoon.  Add the sugar and beat until the consistency of cream, add the dissolved chocolate and mix.  Then beat in the egg or dried egg, prepared according to the directions. Add the vanilla.  Sift the flour and stir in lightly.  Turn on to a floured board, roll our into a thin sheet, but into rounds or fancy shapes.  Place on a greased tin and bake in a moderate oven 12-15 minutes.’
(The Daily Mail Cookery Book, 1920, Mrs C.S. Peel)

150g sugar
175g butter
175g flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
80g melted dark chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 handfuls dark chocolate chips
1.  Melt the chocolate and set aside.
2.  Whip up the butter and sugar.
3.  Mix in the flour and baking powder in lightly.
4.  Add the vanilla extract and then the choc chips.
5.  Put the mixture into cling film and allow it to cool until it is hard.  Take out of the fridge and cut into biscuit slices, putting them on baking paper.
6.  Bake in the oven at 180 degrees C for 15-20 minutes and then cool on a wire rack.


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