Sunday, 30 April 2006

Drunk Chronicles I : Rummy Mocha Biscuits

The beginnings of the alcohol collection. Finally! This is heaven babe. Sam has always talked about adding that dash of gin, or kahlua, or brandy into biscuits and cakes and i've never got round to doing it because i think i'm a whimp (so you'll find out when you read more) and besides, no one in my family would really fancy it i suppose since they link alcohol to festivities or some special occasion. But yes, i think it's preeeetty exciting don't you think? Simply thinking about vodka truffles and brandied biscuits makes me all hot and bothered. Heh, kiddin but seriously, it makes the end result so much sexier.

Anyway, hear ye. hear ye! My oven gave birth to rum flavoured biscuits this morning. I used the Rum flavoured Coffee granules from Whittard of Chelsea which i got from Leamington Spa. The rum taste wasn't as strong as I liked it. It wasn't real liquer. (yea..i'm a whimp aren't i?) Good enough an end result though. I thought it would give the mocha a nice little twist too, something different from the usual and it reduced the usual intensity of the cocoa. The coffee was a very black colour after it dissolved in the boiling water and contributed mainly to the body of the biscuit, expanding its flavour and enhancing the deep brown of the dough. I used Hershey's Cocoa Powder. However, I don't really like it because of its bland and weak brown colour. Quite unlike Valrhona's cocoa which is a very deep dark sexy brown. Couldn't use any other since I didn't have Valrhona with me and didn't have the heart to open my Cadbury one yet. :S

The first time I tasted mocha was at Starbucks. Sounds pretty pathetic, yeah I know, but from then on I was hooked. I thought it was such an exciting taste. Bitter yet sweet. And it didn't mask the flavour of the coffee all that much and yet it didn't entirely remove it. I'm really not a coffee person so the only way to drink coffee for me was to have it blended with chocolate! Honestly, I was ready to kiss the cutie toes of the genius who invented mocha. I read this book once titled Marrow about this chef with a huge you-know-what (hence the title and his restaurant Marrow), and there was a page right about the middle of the book that listed out the best pair of ingredients in the world. Chocolate and coffee was on that list and i couldn't agree more. Anyhow, that's what I tried to bring out in these biscuits. The beauty of mocha, with the sidekick flavour rum!...unfortunately, i think i failed. the biscuits didn't turn out crispy like i thought they would. instead, they were chewy and kind of brownie like. I guess that isn't bad but it really wasn't what i was hoping for. As mentioned earlier, the rum flavour wasn't as evident as I would have it too and the coffee tended to come out more than the chocolate. They were very pretty though and the dough came together very easily. It's definitely a recipe i would keep trying to improve and work on and with their prettiness, every one at home can't seem to keep their hands off it despite it's letdown for me.

I'm gonna forget bout this for now and work on my next experiment with real alcohol this time. :D Got a bottle of Irish Cream just seating there waiting for me to pour it out. Now tell me, what would you do?

For whoever's brave enough, recipe's here:

Rummy Mocha Biscuits (inspired by 'The Complete Cookie' by Barry Bluestein & Kevin Morrisey)
2 tbs instant rum flavoured coffee granules
1 tbs boiling water
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt (i didn't add salt at all because i didn't want any savoury taste)
heaping 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tbs vanilla
granulated sugar and whatever for decorating :)

Preheat oven to 190dCelsius.
Dissolve coffee in boiling water. Smell the good ol' scent of coffee whilst stirring carefully and set aside to cool.
Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cocoa.
In another bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and egg. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla. Follow with the coffee liquid. Stir in the flour mixture and mix by hand in gentle folding movements.
Drop on cookie sheets.
(the original recipe requires you to use the oiled base of a glass dipped in granulated sugar to flatten the cookie but the dough was a little on the sticky side. i didn't bother to flatten the cookie as i didn't think it would matter much and just went ahead to decorate it as i liked)
Bake for 9-10min, just until cookie starts to form nice-looking cracks. Remove and let cool on sheets for 1min then remove to wire rack to cool completely.


*sam said...

heehee.. all hail alcohol baking! :) uve got sam's stamp of approval. hehe.. anyway i think what uve got there are pretty much like choc pixies - brownie like chewy cookies. but they still look yummy. cant wait to bake w u again soon, if u need me to get anything from UK that u aint got enough of now just holler! haha..

diva. said...

oh that case help me check out LUSH store k. i might wan some stuff. mom too. if u get there, give me an sms :D

Anonymous said...

goodness girl, i've missed you! and lucky you, got to go to UK! mann. jealous pout. keep food-blogging! love it, but it would be better if I could literally pluck those yummies out from my screen and taste them! :)

-YUX! (who misses you:))

linda said...

Your cookies look great...especially the contrast between the dark colour of the cookies and the white sugar on top!

*sam said...

DAV! haha.. got ure sms yestd but im replying here cos auto roam is ex! hahaa.. :p anyway, PLEASE do not fret over the medical lah! to console u im an entire 3 digits away from u so yes.. heh. be contented cos its absolutely healthy! just popped into LUSH today! wooo.. the scents! simply blow u away eh? shit and the food and Pauls?! did u go when u went to UK? oh boy! all the BEAUTIFUL pastries and stuff. woah..! heh. tc for now honey, keep u updated. muah