Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Cheecolates

Cheecolates I hear you ask? Cheeky little cheesy chocolate biscuits. I've been meaning to make the chocolate wafer biscuits in Paul A Young's Adventures with Chocolate since I first got the book. Like many other good intentions, this one hasn't quite made it. But whilst I was scratching my head as to what to make using cheese and chocolate for this month's We Should Cocoa, I remembered the concept of savoury chocolate biscuits to have with cheese. Why not try some biscuits actually made with cheese instead? I used this recipe on the BBC good food site as my starting point, but changed the quantities a bit and added cocoa.

This is how I did it:
  • Placed 120g flour (half wholemeal spelt and half white) into a bowl.
  • Added 10g cocoa, 1/2 tsp of mustard powder, a pinch of sea salt and a good grinding of black pepper.
  • Rubbed in 50g unsalted butter until a breadcrumb like consistency was achieved.
  • Added 50g grated Cheddar cheese and mixed in.
  • Added about 2 tbsp water bit by bit until the mixture was ready to be bought together in a ball but not wet - always quite difficult to judge in my experience.
  • Rolled the dough out to about 6mm thick and cut 8 cm rounds out with a cutter reforming the offcuts into a ball and rolling again. I got 19 biscuits.
  • Placed on a baking tray and baked for 12 minutes at 180C.
  • Removed from the tray and left to cool on a wire rack.
Well I have to say I wasn't bowled over by these biscuits. They were perfectly pleasant, but we couldn't really taste the cocoa, only cheese. The mustard also gave a bitter note that really didn't marry well with the bitterness of the chocolate itself. If I made these again, I would double the amount of cocoa and leave out the mustard. Given that they are not really chocolatey enough to be included for We Should Cocoa, I am going to have to think of something else for the challenge.

Luckily, Ros of The More Than Occasional Baker has picked B for this month's Alpha Bakes so I am going to submit these as B for Biscuits. This challenge is co-hosted alternately by Caroline Makes.

45 comments:

  1. These are so yummy!!!
    Have a nice day

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  2. 'Interesting'...at least you had a go at making them!!

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    1. Well, sometimes you just have to try these things :-S

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  3. I admit to thinking that you must have gone a little mad to make these. Has eating too much chocolate finally pushed you over the edge? I am as always impressed by your inventiveness though. Looking forward to seeing what your entry will be in the end.

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    1. Are you trying to tell me I'm barmy Kath? Think I might be better at tweaking around the edges than being out and out inventive - I played it very safe second time around.

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  4. I must try these - two of my favourite foods - chocolate and cheese, have never thought of putting them together - until now, thank you.

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    1. Oh well thank you Jennifer, I hope this has worked as inspiration, rather than putting you off. I do hear goat's cheese and chocolate go really well together - seriously. I haven't tried it yet, but I have high hopes.

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  5. Well done for at least trying to use 'real' cheese! Shame it didn't work out too well.

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    1. Thanks Suelle, I guess I should have known better about the mustard or at least tried them without the mustard first time around!

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  6. cheese and chocolate? I can't imagine what that would taste like - you are a mad scientist in the making!

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    1. CC, I love the idea of a mad scientist, but sadly don't think I've quite got it in me - apart from odd moments perhaps ;-)

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  7. Haha, once, I put some cheese in to the chocolate fountain to try the taste. Your cheecolates recipe sounds much nicer! Very interesting too, maybe you could try putting in dark chocolate to make it more cocoa tasting? :)

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    1. Now that really does sound mad Xinmei. You're right, some more experimentation is needed with these biscuits :)

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  8. I had thought of trying these for the We Should Cocoa Challenge. And I am interested that you think they are not eligible for WSC. After all I think that chocolate in savoury food often adds dspth of flavour rather than a traditional chocolate flavour. I vote that this goes in the event. (Otherwise my ideas for WSC might also be ineligible - though I am still trying to find time to try them out.) But it also shows that ingredients can be unpredictable when going off the beaten track - I have had this experience before with other experiments. But am sure you are on the road to something great!

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    1. What a hard task master you must think me Johanna. No, it's not that they are not eligible, it's just I wanted something that was more obviously chocolatey for my entry. I'm very muchin favour of cocoa adding a depth of flavour to other things and I'm happy for you to submit whatever you think fitting (as long as it has the two requisite ingredients of course). I do think these could be improved with a little work.

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  9. The biscuits look brilliant but like you, I am not sure if they really need the cheese element in them. Like the sound of using the spelt flour though. I have my cheese & chocolate dish ready but it's savoury......is this ok??

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    1. Savoury is absolutely fine Laura, but it sounds from what you've been saying on Twitter that you might have changed your mind!

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  10. Well the idea behind these biscuits sounds good even if the result wasn't what you were hoping for. I've seen a few chocolate biscuit recipes out there, but I don't think I've ever seen one that combined in cheese - quite unique. I must have missed the mustard in the ingredient description, but that really has me scratching my head ;)

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    1. I think the mustard was the ingredient at fault here JW. They would be worth trying again without it AND maybe goat's cheese rather than cheddar.

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  11. i agree they are a little odd looking... is it wrong that I think they look like veggie burgers?... but I think the concept is intruiging... clearly I have a busy weekend ahead... not only do I have to make your cheese chocolate stuff but I have to make mine own rr's and alphabakes... could I do them all in one perhaps?

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    1. You are so right Dom, they do look like burgers - hmmm, now there is an idea veggie chocolate burgers! Hope you've managed to bake up a kitchen full of goodies this weekend :)

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  12. Interesting experiment, you have to have a go or you would never find out whether it works! Will be interesting to see what else you come up with for the choc/cheese combo.

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    1. Wasn't quite so adventurous 2nd time around Janice :-S

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  13. Chocolate and cheddar is certainly a brave combination to attempt! I'm a bit worried I played it too safe with my entry now!

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    1. Nothing wrong with playing it safe - an enjoyable eating experience is what it's mostly about.

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  14. Interesting experiment. I like the idea of a cheese and chocolate combination like this - I think it could work well. I'm much less sure about the mustard, though.

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    1. Phil, the mustard was surely their downfall :(

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  15. They sound really interesting. Bet they would be great with some goats cheese and a little honey or fig. Very gourmet :)

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    1. Katie, thank you. I'm thinking savoury chocolate biscuits without the cheese would be really good with your suggestions. I haven't given up though and will try again at some point.

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  16. Great experiment though, Choc. I think you're right - twice as much cocoa and leave out the mustard, and you could end up with a real treat...

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    1. Celia, thank you. I will just have to try again and bring forth my marvellous biscuits upon the world ;-)

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  17. I like the name cheecolates :) Thanks for entering these unusual biscuits to alphabakes. It sounds intriguing and I wouldn't mind trying one. It's a shame it didn't quite work out but bravo for trying! look forward to seeing what you come up with for we should cocoa.

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    1. Thanks, more experimentation definitely needed. I think they'd be better with a different type of cheese.

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  18. LOVE the name and love the look of these wee biscuits too! Not sure about the mustard, but I would always give it a go!

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    1. Definitely leave out the mustard Karen - chilli would work much better I'm now thinking.

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  19. Very interesting recipe! Sad about the lack of chocolate flavour so if I tried these I would add more like you suggest. Very cute name of "cheecolates" :) I wonder what they would be like with a different type of cheese, too.

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    1. Yes Hazel, I really must experiment more with these and I think a different type of cheese would make for quite a different biscuit - not sure quite what though!

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  20. Ha Ha, I did change my mind. Have done a sweet version of my latest savoury post and it's a goodie!!

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    1. I bet it is Laura - in fact I know it is ;-)

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  21. I have made these & they rocked my tastebuds! ooh yes!
    A huge thank you! :)xxx

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    1. Oh splendid Sophie - so pleased you not only made them, but liked them too :)

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  22. Something about the mixture of cheese and chocolate strangely appeals to me, I have to make some just to see for myself!

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    1. Would love to hear what you think of them if you do get around to it.

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