It has been a very interesting weekend up here in Queensland. Will and I headed up the beach on Friday night for the long weekend. We knew the weather wouldn’t be good but we had no idea what we were in for. I’ve never seen winds and rain like it. The noise, entirely made by mother nature, was just incredible. I can’t imagine what a cyclone must be like.
On Sunday afternoon we had to head out in our trusty 4wd to rescue mum and dad who got a little stuck in flood waters (I won’t go into details but let’s just say a tow truck was involved but everyone is fine!). The extent of flooding was unbelievable but nothing compared to what’s happening in other areas. I can only hope that people are being safe, heeding the warnings and getting out of the danger zones.
Baked Relief, established during the 2011 floods to bring sustenance to the thousands of volunteers and flood victims helping with the rescue and clean up effort, has been re-activated and is in full force. Today I’m hosting a lunch for my grandma’s 95th Birthday but if I wasn’t I’d be baking up a storm to help with the relief efforts.
I’m sure these chocolate chip and lime biscuits would be welcomed.
I thought that the lime-chocolate combination was new to me until I remembered that I had made Nigella’s flourless chocolate and lime cake for my Birthday two years ago. I can still taste the tang from the lime if I think about that cake (tell me I’m not the only one who daydreams about food?).
I’ll admit, when I opened the oven I thought this recipe must have been a dud. They don’t look too good after all but that’s where their defects end. The crisp butter biscuit almost melts in your mouth and the tang of the lime somehow compliments the rich dark chocolate.
You can make up a log of the dough and pop it in the freezer then next time you want some fresh biscuits, just slice off a few pieces, bake and enjoy!
If you are in Queensland and want to help out with Baked relief check out the Facebook page.
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- 125g unsalted butter, softened
- 90g caster sugar
- 1 free-range egg
- 90g plain flour
- 20g rolled oats
- ½ tbsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 100t good-quality dark chocolate
- zest of 1 lime
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy.
- Add the egg and mix it in.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Sift in the flour, tumble in the oats and shake in the baking powder and salt and then mix them into the dough.
- Carefully chop up the chocolate and add it to the bowl along with the lime zest.
- Keep mixing until the dough comes together.
- Tip it out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll it into a log shape 5cm thick, then wrap it up and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 180C fan-forced.
- Line two baking trays with baking paper.
- Take the dough from the fridge and slice it up into 1cm thick discs then place them on the trays leaving at least 3cm between each one.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until they turn golden.
- Leave the biscuits to sit on the tray for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.