Is there anything more delish that orange and chocolate combined? I have been a Terry’s Chocolate Orange fan gal since day one, and my love for ’em ain’t gonna end anytime soon.
It is the 1st of November, and I ain’t going all Christmas on ya just yet. I promise. BUT I do love a festive spice. A warming hint of cinnamon and nutmeg with added zest of orange… Then dipped in chocolate. OOFT.
I whipped these babies up ready to gobble for the Bake Off final last night. Which I ain’t gonna mention on ‘ere just in case you haven’t seen it yet! What are we gonna do on Tuesday nights now it’s all over?!
I also think these would be perfect towards the festive season, make a batch to devour with friends, brighten everyone’s day at work, or y’know make ’em just ‘coz. If ya fancy, you could even make a load of them as cute lil edible Christmas pressies, I absolutely love handmade edible gifts (obvs), and if money is tight – these are perfect. Oh, and the house will smell AMAZING once they are baked, is there anything better than the smell of freshly baked biscuits? I think not. ?
Wanna give them a whirl? You’ll need:
100g organic, unsalted butter (room temp)
50g caster sugar (coconut sugar if ya prefer)
Grated zest of one orange (bigger the better hehe)
1tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
A sprinkle of all spice
175g plain flour (or gluten free)
400g (two bars ish) chocolate (dark or milk, whatever floats ya boat)
A lil bit of orange zest to decorate
Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 5 / 170C / 375F
First up, beat your butter and sugar together till light ‘n’ fluffy. Then add in your orange zest, vanilla, spices and combine.
Slowly sift in your flour, gently combining as you go.
Once you have your dough, you may have to get your hands involved.
Put yo’ back into it and make sure everything is combined and you have a lovely, workable dough.
Dust a bit of baking paper and roll out your dough on top, aim for 1cm in depth I’d say. Grab your cookie cutter (or rim of a glass) and create as many rounds as ya can.
Stick ’em on a tray with baking paper and pop them in the oven for around 20-30 minutes (they take a little while!) Check from around 15 mins just to make sure – I know each over in a little different.
They should be slightly golden and firm to the touch.
Once they are out, transfer ’em over to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. (obvs try one whilst you’re at it hehe).
When you’re ready to decorate, sort yourself out a bain marie type arrangement (big saucepan balanced on a smaller one with simmering water).
Crack in your choc, one for the pan, one for you type situ. Gently stir with a wooden spoon so the chocolate is silky smooth and melted, make sure ya don’t burn it! Transfer over into a bowl and start dipping your biscuits!
Once all dipped, sprinkle over your orange zest, leave to cool slightly and voila!
I have probs eaten about three whilst writing this post, ooopsie ?
What are your favourite festive bakes? Always up for trying something new. ?