Sunday, August 1, 2010

Afghan Biscuits

This week my mum had keyhole surgery on her ankle and requested a good dose of love, affection and Afghans. Apparently Afghans are a comfort food that she'd been fed as a child by her grandmother and has an occasional hankering for. After conducting a little research I found that they are a classic Kiwi biscuit containing exotic ingredients including Kellogs' Corn Flakes and Cadbury Bourneville Cocoa. Google found me a wide range of recipes however I settled on using one that I found on Not Quite Nigella (thanks Lorraine!)

Both Rahul and the invalid deemed the biscuits a great success, and to be honest they're very simple to make so they'll definitely be added to my repertoire.

Ingredients

For the biscuits
  • 170g softened butter
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 180g flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 60g cornflakes, crushed into smallish bits

For the icing
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 45g caster sugar
  • 45g butter
  • 190g icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • walnut halves to decorate

Method

For the biscuits:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line two trays with baking paper
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift dry ingredients over the butter and sugar and mix together. The batter will be in little lumps. Knead in cornflakes and then gather little balls of the mix, round them by rolling them between your palms and place on a baking tray. Press down with a fork to flatten them slightly.
  3. Bake for 12-14 minutes, remove from the oven and cool on a rack.

For the icing:
  1. Heat the water, caster sugar and butter over a low heat until butter has melted and simmer for a minute to form a syrup.
  2. Sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl and then pour in the syrup whilst constantly whisking the mixture. Add some hot water to thin out the icing. (I did this a tablespoon at a time until I was happy with the consistency.) The icing needs to be thick enough to hold its shape but thin enough to spread and set nicely on the biscuit.
  3. Using a teaspoon place some icing at the centre of the biscuit and then decorate with a walnut half. Leave to set.
  4. You need to use the icing straight away as it will set. I found that the bowl of icing started to set as I was decorating the cookies however this was easily fixed by adding a splash of water and giving it a good whisk.

2 comments:

  1. Oh yum!!! looks simple and delicious - the perfect combination!

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  2. You're welcome! I love these biscuits too although they're freakishly moreish and hard to put down :P

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