CHOCOLATE AND ORANGE BISCUITS

Yields35 Servings
 200 g blanched almonds, roasted
 4 eggs
 300 g golden caster sugar
 425 g plain flour
 100 g cocoa powder
 100 g mixed peel
 Finely grated zest of 1 orange
 1 ½ tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp salt
1

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Gas4

2

Whisk the eggs and sugar together until pale, thick and fluffy

3

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and stir into the egg and sugar mixture; add the mixed peel and the orange zest and mix to combine; add the almonds and knead with your hands to make a stiff dough on a cocoa-dusted work surface

4

Divide the dough in 2 and press into long, thin, loaf shapes about 6cm thick; place onto two lined trays and bake for 30 minutes; remove from the oven and when cold, carefully cut the loaves into 1cm thick slices using a sharp serrated knife

5

Lay them back onto the baking trays and bake for another 10-12 minutes; transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool and crisp up and serve

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