Custard and White Chocolate Biscuits

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.

8 comments

  1. kind of unusual and I agree, these would be way too sweet for me too… but i’d still bake them and eat them, so what can I say… thank you so much for the entry and glad you at least enjoyed baking them it seems!

  2. It’s a pity that they weren’t all the BBC Good Food website made them out to be, but I think yours look better – the white chocolate in their picture seems to have scorched somewhat. I do appreciate honesty in a review! I think I might find them too sweet too.

  3. It’s such a shame that these didn’t turn out to be as interesting as the name suggests. They look great and ‘custard’, ‘chocolate’ and ‘biscuit’ are three words that are normally guaranteed to cheer me up.

  4. Anonymous

    these look lovely and the idea of custard in a biscuit is appealing but having read your review I won’t try them, possibly wouldn’t have done anyway once I knew the recipe was from BBC GoodFood, their recipes often have errors and are fairly pedestrian – I have to say I trust recipes from dedicated bloggers much more than the beeb these days – thanks for sharing!

  5. makeycakey

    Ah well – the baking disappointments just make the successes all the sweeter – sure the next thing you bake will taste even better!

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