I have a real savoury tooth. Normally sweets aren’t the thing that I crave; it is the cheese and biscuits, the chips and the nuts that knock me off the healthy eating wagon. However, on occasion I find myself really wanting for some chocolate and chocolate isn’t something that I tend to keep in my house. So when one of these chocolate cravings appear, I often find myself trying to come up with creative ways to satisfy it. Sometimes a hot chocolate will work, sometimes not. This recipe, however is a great way to get a chocolate hit without having to have any chocolate in the house. You just need cocoa. Designed to taste like the old chocolate bar; Golden Rough, this biscuit is a lovely combination of chocolate and coconut… and is super tasty and really does remind me of a golden rough. Might have to track one of those down and see if it is as good as I remember them to be… can you even get them anymore?
So to make these little goodies, grab all your ingredients.
Cream the butter and sugar until nice and fluffy
Add the vanilla, then measure your coconut out (and spill it all over the bench… because thats what the cool kids do!)
Add the coconut, flour and cocoa and mix. It should be a fairly firm mixture.
Put teaspoonfuls onto a greased tray. Be careful not to shape these at all, you want them to be messy and not uniform. Then bake in a moderate oven.
Chocolate Rough Biscuits
(Recipe by Jan Osborne from the Mulgowie Q.C.W.A. Diamond Jubilee Recipe Book 1925-1985)½ lb butter (225grams) ½ cup sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 ½ cups desiccated coconut 1 cup S.R Flour 2 tablespoons cocoa Pinch salt Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well. Add vanilla and coconut. Sift in flour, cocoa and salt and mix well. Drop small pieces onto greased tray and bake in moderate (180°C) oven for 15 minutes.