Thursday, 13 February 2014

Milk Chocolate Homemade 'Hobnobs'


It's Valentine's Day. A day to celebrate love, greeting card manufacturers and growers of red roses.

Whether you are spending this evening in an overpriced, candlelit restaurant a deux complete with a novelty heart shaped menu or if you are studiously avoiding all romance by conscientiously completing next year's tax return I promise you'll love these biscuits. 




A classic oaty biscuit, smothered in milk chocolate and baked in a heart shape for February 14th. 

NB: In the research for this post, I discovered you can get CHOCOLATE CREAM HOBNOBS! Forget a dozen red roses, I just want a pack of these for Valentine's Day. 




Milk Chocolate Homemade 'Hobnob' Hearts

100g porridge oats
100g plain flour
100g golden caster sugar
100g butter
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

100g melted milk or dark chocolate
1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas Mark 4
2. Put the oats, flour and sugar in a bowl
3. Melt the butter over a gentle heat in small pan and stir in the golden syrup. Add the bicarbonate to 2 tbsps of boiling water then stir into the syrup and butter mixture
4. Make a well in the middle of the dried ingredients and pour in the butter and syrup mixture. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients
5. To make the heart shaped biscuits I used a silicone heart shaped mould: dollop 1 tbsp of the mixture into each heart. 
6. Bake in batches for 8-10 minutes until golden

7. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes then remove from the mould and dip half of each heart into the melted chocolate. Place on a wire cooling rack to set

Baker's notes...

  • If you'd prefer to make the traditional Hobnob rounds: Put dessertspoons of the mixture onto buttered baking sheets, allowing space for spreading of the biscuits
  • In an airtight container, these last ages. Well, in theory.
  • Happy Valentine's Day!



8 comments:

  1. Did you just say milk chocolate homemade hobnobs?? Yuuuum. I would prefer a tin of these to an engagement ring any day! Haha.

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  2. Wow, that would win my heart over. Have you seen the Peter Kay sketch about hobnobs?

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  3. I love oaty biscuits - these look great!

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  4. These are lovely - the shape has stayed so crisp and perfect. I am a sucker for a hobnob!

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  5. Oooh I forgot about hobnobs, not made in far too long! Love the heart shaped ones!

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  6. I've not seen the Peter Kay sketch....until now! Brilliant!

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  7. Glad the heart shaped ones were met with approval- cheesy, I know, but it IS Valentine's Day!

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  8. That blog is nice! Your idea is so great. I like the milk chocolate. This chocolate is so cute!

    Posted by Jon Mark | Chocolate Novelties

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