Skip to content

Biscuits Très Chocolate from Chocolate & Zucchini

2010 February 8
by Reemski

I realised this week that I had successfully completed my first month of my new challenge, and after some concerted effort lost 1.5kgs! Yay for me!
What I also noticed is that I hadn’t yet made anything from the sweet side of life. Very unlike me.  I have to admit, I do miss baking. Chucking together the odd cake or muffin, and seeing the satisfaction on people’s faces as they consume whatever goodie I have made for them. So I thought to add some balance and to stay on track with my weightloss, I will blog just one sweet recipe per month. Challenging for me, but also still providing a little balance.

I was actually all set to do two recipes, but thought better of it and settled for one:  Clotilde Dusoulier’s biscuit très chocolate from her book Chocolate & Zucchini. Dusoulier is best known for her blog of the same name, and may have been the first food blogger to score a publishing deal. I really love this book for it’s simplicity, passion and personal commentary. Luckily, I had also ventured to the new Essential Ingredient in Rozelle and just happened to pick up a container of cocoa nibs. As luck would have it, Chocolate & Zucchini had just the recipe!

Biscuits Très Chocolate

  • 60g plain flour
  • 60g wholemeal flour
  • 30g cocoa (good quality)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 140g good quality bittersweet chocolate (I used Lindt 70%)
  • 30g roasted cocoa nibs (available in large jars at Essential Ingredient)
  • 110g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 100g packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon crushed Maldon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

In a medium mixing bowl thoroughly mix together both flours, cocoa powder and baking soda. Set aside

Melt half the chocolate (70g). Set aside

Chop the remaining 70g of chocolate into chip sized pieces, combine with the cocoa nibs and set aside.

Put the butter in a food processor and process until creamy. Add the sugar, salt and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the melted chocolate and mix again.

Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.

Fold the chopped chocolate and cocoa nibs into the dough with a wooden spoon or your hands. The dough is thick, don’t overmix.

Wrap the dough in gladwrap and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. You can wrap the dough up tightly at this stage and freeze for up to a month.

Preheat oven to 180° and line baking sheet with baking paper. Carve out heaped teaspoons of dough and shape into slightly flattened balls and place them on tray approximately approximately 1-2cm apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes (I baked mine about 15minutes) until the tops are just set, once removed from oven they will be soft and harden as they cool.

Enjoy on their own, with a glass of milk or with icecream!

Apologies for the late post. My laptop died after many years and I’m currently waiting for it’s replacement: a brand spankin’ new macbook pro

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
11 Responses leave one →
  1. February 13, 2010

    Congrats on the weight loss, it’s hard work but worth it. I saw the cocoa nibs at Essential Ingredient, too, but didn’t know what to use them for. I may pick some up next time – the biscuits look great!
    .-= Belle@OohLook´s last blog ..Valentine’s Day at Adriano Zumbo =-.

  2. February 14, 2010

    Aha! This is the recipe that I was waiting for. They look divine.

  3. February 14, 2010

    Well done on your healthier lifestyle! Yay for losing 1.5kg – I must have GAINED double that this month alone! Anyway – I must have gained another 1.5 kg from looking at your chocolate cookies. They look so chocolatey! YUM
    .-= Trissa´s last blog ..Cooking Lessons =-.

  4. February 14, 2010

    GOSH they look delicious! and well done on the 1.5, that’s no mean feat. HAVE to get to the new Essential Ingredient in Rozelle – I keep driving past those windows, dribbling! xxx
    .-= Inner Pickle´s last blog ..weekendiness =-.

  5. February 15, 2010

    Well done Reemski! I have foiled my weight loss regime by rediscovering baking. Whoops! Those biscuits look divine…. so sophisticated! Omnomnom.
    .-= felixexplody´s last blog ..Caddyshack =-.

  6. February 15, 2010

    Congrats on achieving your goals! I’ll need to get some tips off you, ever since I came back from my overseas trip I’ve turned into a blob! Those cookies look damn good though.
    .-= Howard´s last blog ..Picchu, Sapporo =-.

  7. February 17, 2010

    Woohoo for the 1.5 kilo weight loss! 😀 Love how darkly chocolatey these biscuits look. The new EI store so well stocked! I had to step away from the cupcake decorating items 😛
    .-= Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog ..A Gourmet Safari at Azuma Kushiyaki with Maeve O’Meara =-.

  8. February 18, 2010

    Hooray for weight loss, double hooray for new laptop and triple hooray for triple choc cookies! 🙂

  9. February 20, 2010

    The photos have started making my mouth water. Mmmm Chocolate biscuits!
    .-= Mark @ Cafe Campana´s last blog ..Opening Soon =-.

  10. February 20, 2010

    Woooo yes, I can imagine myself biting one and find a gooey chocolate bits!
    Awesome that you got a new mac. It’s almost my time to get a new one too!
    .-= Yas @´s last blog ..Potato Mochi & Agarrrrrrrrrrrrrr!! =-.

  11. February 21, 2010

    These cookies sort of look like the Arnotts Chocolate Ripple cookies. Yum! Will defeinitely try this some time!
    Btw, congrats on the wieght loss! I don’t think I’d ever be able to only make one sweet thing per month!
    .-= Von´s last blog ..Happy Birthday! =-.

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

CommentLuv badge