In the oh-so-eloquent words of Dom over at Belleau Kitchen, this month “the inevitable, filthy, sordid and quite frankly scary has finally happened.” A ménage a trois consisting of dashing Dom, Karen from Lavender and Lovage and Kate from What Kate Baked has seen two of my favourite blogging challenges *ahem* get together. That’s right. Random Recipes and Tea Time Treats have procreated and spawned a love child – the ingeniously named Tea Time Random Recipes.
Obviously this news was too much for my blonde head to cope with for it was with a blank expression that I stared at my bookshelves, trying to decide which of my recipe books best represented “tea time.” I don’t have a lot of baking only books and those that I do have (such as Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet) have been heavily road tested already. On a whim, I decided to do something a little different. I typed the words tea time into the search function on the BBC GoodFood website and lo and behold got 31 results. A whirl of a random number generator gave me a stupendous ‘6’, which corresponded to these custard and white chocolate biscuits.
I don’t bake biscuits very often as, for the calories, I would rather eat cake. But on the rare occasions I have made them, it never fails to surprise me how easy they are. This recipe was no exception and in less than half an hour, I had several trays of these custard laced, chocolate studded biccies cooling in the kitchen.
Sadly, in spite of the 19 glowing reviews of these biscuits on the GoodFood website, I wasn’t a fan. They were pretty darn sweet as you would expect from a white chocolate cookie but it was more the texture I had issue with. Despite baking as indicated in the recipe, they were soft and floury on the inside. I tried baking them for longer to crisp them up but then the white chocolate caught and went an unappetising shade of burnt. I even made a whole new batch of biscuits, so convinced was I that 19 BBC GoodFood readers couldn’t be wrong. But sadly the results were the same.
So now I have a monumental amount of pretty average biscuits sitting in my kitchen with no one to eat them :-( But maybe the recipe will work for you and you can join the legions of fans that love these biscuits. If you want to give them a whirl, you can find the recipe here.