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Paul A Young’s Chocolate Water Biscuits for Cheese

February 25, 2012

Welcome to my savoury We Should Cocoa part deux

Chocolate water biscuits with mozarella, tomato and pesto

Just before Christmas I made a selection of biscuits for cheese which I packaged up to give to various members of my family. I was so excited about wrapping and giving them that I forgot to take any photos .So, this seemed like a great chance to re-make one of the slightly more unusual flavours.

The recipe is adapted slightly from one by Paul A Young‘s  ‘Adventures with Chocolate’ which you can buy direct, or get a sneak preview via Amazon here.

Chocolate Water Biscuits for Cheese 

125g of plain flour
10g of cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon mustard 
42g of butter, cubed
1/2 tsp of seasalt if using unsalted butter, or to taste
You can also add a pinch of the spice of your choice – eg Paprika, Chilli
Iced water

Throw everything except the water into a bowl and rub it together until it’s the texture of fine breadcrumbs.

A little at a time, carefully add the water until you have a soft dough which just holds together

Knead the dough a little until it’s nice and smooth – shouldn’t take much work at all

Now throw it in the fridge to rest for a bit (you might want to wrap it in clingfilm or put it in a pot…just a suggestion!)

Preheat the oven to 180c

Roll out the dough to about 3mm thick and cut the biscuits out in whatever shape you desire

Prick with a fork. If you want a bit of shine, give them a bit of an egg-wash

Back for about 10mins until they are crisp and slightly darker than they were.

Once they are cooled, store these in an airtight container (apparently they should last 2-3months) or better still find some cheese and munch away! I’ve used mozarella, tomato and a little pesto on mine as that’s what I had. However, I imagine a good strong smelly cheese would be the best accompaniment.

Thanks to Lee at  for bringing these to my attention and to  Nudge PR for their swift response giving me the go ahead to post this recipe

Biscuits in the nude!
Ready to go under the grill
Ready to eat. Yum

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2012 6:14 am

    Another brilliant idea. I’m very impressed with your we should cocoa series! Chocolate and cheese do go well together. These biscuits look great!

    • March 2, 2012 1:56 am

      Thanks, they are ridiculously easy to make and the recipe is really easy to adapt for lots of different flavours. I did sea salt biscuits, fennel seed and a few others for my Christmas bundle

  2. February 25, 2012 6:41 pm

    Oh fantastic. I love water biscuits, but would never have thought of putting cocoa in them. These look really good and I bet made a fantastic Christmas present.

  3. March 3, 2012 6:53 am

    These Chocolate Water Biscuits look so nice. I am going to try these very soon. Thank you!

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