Recipe

Chocolate brazils

A pot of coffee or tea and a plate of home baking can give an otherwise drab afternoon a bit of a rise. I like to include nuts in sweet baking to balance out the butter and sugar. They also make baking taste scrumptious

  • 8 mins cooking
  • Makes 24 Item
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Ingredients

Chocolate brazils
  • 100 gram plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 100 gram butter, softened
  • 100 gram caster sugar
  • 1 small free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup valrhona chocolate dots or chopped chocolate
  • 75 gram brazil nuts, roughly chopped

Method

Chocolate brazils
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 190°C. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
  • 2
    Sift flour, a pinch of salt, baking soda and ground cinnamon together onto a piece of paper.
  • 3
    Beat butter with an electric beater until soft and loose, then beat in caster sugar and continue beating until light and creamy. Gradually beat in egg and vanilla extract. Mix in dry ingredients, adding lemon zest, chocolate dots and chopped nuts.
  • 4
    Roll mixture into small balls with floured hands, putting 6 to a tray. Press flat into small rounds.
  • 5
    Place trays in oven and bake for approximately 8 minutes, or until golden.
  • 6
    Remove from oven but leave on baking sheets for several minutes to set.
  • 7
    Bake remaining biscuits, always starting with a cold baking sheet.
  • 8
    Once biscuits are set, transfer to a cooling rack, cool, then store in an airtight container.

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