Cream the butter and sugar until nice and soft. Then sift in the flour, cocoa and salt. Blend in the flour mix and work until you have a smooth dough.
Roll the dough into two sausage shapes and cool in the fridge for at least an half an hour.
Cut into around 20 rounds (and try not to eat too much dough at the same time – very tricky, it is incredibly yummy………or maybe it isn’t and I’m just weird!) and lay out onto a large lined or greased baking tray.
Cook at 160 degrees for about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray.
Melt your chocolate – I take the easy route and do it in the microwave. Give the chocolate a good stir and spread onto the biscuits.
This time I added some sprinkles on top for extra prettiness. And I need to thank my niece for her help – with the baking and with cleaning the chocolate bowl….I did suggest to her that a spoon would be a good idea but she preferred to dive in with her fingers!
This next recipe is also very simple but definitely wouldn’t win any prizes for sophistication. However it is tasty and, in my experience, always works.
For Banana Chocolate Chunk Cake* you will need::
2 large very ripe bananas**
1/2 tsp vanilla
225g granulated sugar
275g self raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
3 eggs – beaten
100g chocolate – chopped
Peel and mash ( I use a potato masher, but a fork would work too) the bananas with the vanilla.
Gently heat the butter and sugar in a saucepan until melted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little. Sift in the flour and bicarb of soda. Beat in the eggs and mashed banana. Stir in the chocolate chunks.
Pour the mixture into two 8 inch lined sandwich tins and cook at 170 degrees for around 35 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Sandwich together with cream and sliced banana – and eat, it doesn’t keep all that well. It makes a yummy pudding.
* Sorry for the lack of photos, I did make it on Saturday as a pudding for lunch with friends but completely forgot to take any pictures.
** I freeze bananas (in a plastic bag or box, after removing the skins) when they get over-ripe and then just take out the appropriate number a couple of hours before baking.
On a completely different note I was delighted to find a copy of All That Katy Did in a local charity shop recently. I have been thinking that Islay would probably like the What Katy Did books in a little while so it was great to find them all in one. And I picked up a couple more too that I think the boys will like. Islay isn’t really reading by herself yet (although she loves being read to and looking at books) but the boys are voracious readers and I’m always on the look-out for new books for them.