Friday, August 15, 2008

Milo and Malteser Biscuits

Last Saturday, I had a Mother Daughter weekend away in the country with darling oldest daughter, and thought a batch of biscuits would be good for Dad and darling youngest daughter at home as well as the other Mums and Daughters at our weekend away. Flipping through my new Dorie cookbook(Baking From My Home To Yours" by Dorie Greenspan), I came across Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops, which looked like the right biscuit for this particular weekend. I was right. By Monday they had been demolished.

Yum, yum, yum and yum! I played around with the recipe a little. My youngest daughter, who adores chocolate couldn't believe her luck when I told her I had made biscuits containing two of her favourite things in the world - milo and maltesers. She adores both, and dessert for her is often a glass of milk with milo. Maltesers are a less common treat - but one she really loves. Translation for any readers overseas: Biscuits = cookies; Milo = chocolate ovaltine but better; maltesers = honeycomb balls in milk chocolate.

Chocolate Milo Malteser Drops
(adapted from Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops from "Baking" by Dorie Greenspan)
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup milo
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
170g unsalted butter at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole milk
2 cups maltesers, coarsely chopped
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Line baking sheets with baking paper. Sift the flour, milo, cocoa, baking powder and salt together. Beat butter and sugar together until light and floffy (about three mins). Add eggs one at a time beating well (1 min) after adding each one. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low, and add half the dry ingredients, then add the milk, then the remaining dry ingredients. Do not overbeat! Mix in maltesers and choc chips by hand.

Place tablespoons of the dough on baking sheets, a couple of inches apart. Bake for 11-13 mins, rotating your baking sheets half way through. When done, the biscuits will feel soft and puffy (don't worry, they firm up as they cool). Allow to cool on the trays for 2 mins before moving to a rack for them to cool.

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