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The trouble was I then went away for the weekend and coming back home the blackcurrants had all been sold, what a disaster! But I would not be thwarted. Lurking in my fridge I had a lovely jar of homemade blackcurrant preserve, bought in Pickering. From this, these lovely chocolate and blackcurrant thumbprint biscuits were born. Taaaa daaaaa! (one day soon I will get to make the dark chocolate and blackcurrant mousse I really had planned)
225g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
225g golden caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste
90g cocoa powder
190g self raising flour
2 egg yolks
half a small jar of good quality blackcurrant conserve
pistachio nuts - finely chopped
1. Pre heat the oven to 180C fan. Line 2/3 baking trays with baking paper.
2. Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer until the mix is pale and fluffy. Add the 2 free range egg yolks and the vanilla paste, mix again.
3. Sieve the flour and cocoa into the mix and combine everything together. Leave this mix to rest for about 30 minutes.
4. Take a spoonful of the mixture at a time, and form into ball between your hands, put each ball onto a baking sheet (leave room for this to spread when cooking). Use either your thumb OR a teaspoon to make the thumbprint indentation into each ball.
5. Add about half a teaspoon of the blackcurrant conserve into each indentation. Sprinkle the edges of some biscuits with chopped pistachio's. Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes.
6. When baked leave to cool slightly before removing to harden on a cooling rack. Sprinkle some of the finished biscuits with more chopped pistachio's.
These were quite a change with the rich buttery chocolate flavour of the biscuit against the blackcurrant conserve. An unexpected hit with a cuppa in the summer months!