A wife of noble character who can find?...She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue...Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Proverbs 31:10, 26 & 28

Friday, July 23, 2010

Update for July

Hi everyone. Sorry I haven't been blogging much. This week we've been getting the house ready for an inspection. I've been scrubbing walls and floors and moving furniture. The inspection was this morning and it seemed to have gone well. The owner came through as well. It was a little strange as I expected him to come with his wife, who I've met, but he came with a different woman. I'm hoping that it's not a new wife and he wants this house for them to live with, but I'm such a pessimist and always looking at the worst case scenarios. The real estate agent said that the place looked great and that the owner was happy so here's hoping for another 12 month lease. Whilst cleaning this morning I slipped on the wet tiles and scraped my elbow and landed hard on my backside, but I also hit my head on the wall. I thought it might have gone through the wall I hit it so hard. So I'm off for a rest and some panadol. Hopefully it won't be so long until the next post.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Chocolate Biscuits

I haven't posted a recipe in ages so here's my new favourite biscuit recipe. I've mentioned previously how I LOVE my mum's old Commonsense Cookery book and am so thankful she passed it on to me when I bought her a newer version. I'm not known for liking change and trying new things but every now and then I will try another recipe and reading through this cook book once more I noticed this chocolate biscuit recipe. It asks for grated chocolate and I don't have any in the cupboard so I used cocoa.

4oz. (125g.) butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons condensed milk
Vanilla to taste
1 cup self raising flour
4oz. (125g.) chocolate (grated or chopped)

1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Add condensed milk and vanilla. Beat well.
3. Add flour and lastly chocolate.
4. Place in small spoonfuls on a greased slide.
5. Bake at 300 degrees to 350 F. for 10 to 15 minutes. (150-180 degrees C.)
I have a fan-forced oven so I went with 160 degrees C. and they took 15 mins. They puff up and then flatten. When they come out they're still soft so I let them cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. I made a double batch of chocolate biscuits using a few tablespoons of cocoa instead of the chocolate and then made a double batch of custard biscuits, replacing the cocoa with custard powder. They were a real hit with everyone. The next day we were going over to my brother and sister in-laws new house for dinner and the whole family was going to be there so I made a double batch of both chocolate and custard biscuits and they were all gone by the time we left to come home. The next time I make them I might try substituting the cocoa or custard powder with some lemon juice. I can see so much potential for this great biscuit recipe.