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Checkerboard biscuits

Checkerboard biscuits

These biscuits are half and half chocolate and almond in a checkerboard pattern, both in colour and flavour.

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Last modified on: March 8th 2012

For 20 shortbreads biscuits, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
1 hour 24 min.2 hours 45 min.15 min.4 hours 24 min.
Preservation: A few days in an airtight tin.
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Step by step recipe

1 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #1Put 250 g flour, 125 g butter, 125 g caster sugar and 1 egg into a food-processor bowl. Knead until evenly mixed. 10 min.
2 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #2Take out half the dough and set aside. Add 30 g ground almonds to the remaining dough and knead for a further 1 or 2 minutes until evenly mixed.

Gather the almond dough into a flattened cake, wrap in stretch plastic film and refrigerate for 2 hours (or overnight).
2 min.
3 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #3Put the other half of the dough back in the bowl, add 15 g powdered cocoa and knead for a further 1 or 2 minutes until evenly mixed. 2 min.
4 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #4Gather the chocolate dough into a flattened cake, wrap in stretch plastic film and refrigerate for 2 hours (or overnight). 2 hours
5 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #5After this time, roll out the chocolate dough into a long rectangle about 1 cm (0.4 inch) thick.

It is best to use guide rules to help you do this (I'm using 2 iron bars here).
5 min.
6 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #6Then cut the dough lengthways into long strips 1cm wide.

Do the same with the almond dough.
25 min.
7 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #7Use a deep cake tin or mould and lay a first layer in the bottom, alternating stripes of chocolate and almond. 5 min.
8 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #8Moisten the top of this layer with a brush dipped in water. 30 min.
9 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #9Arrange a second layer of alternate stripes, but the other way round. So, if the first layer began with a chocolate stripe, the second layer should begin with an almond one.

Continue alternating the strips in layers like this until you have used them all, moistening between the layers.

Put in the freezer for 45 minutes to firm up the dough a little and make it easier to cut.

Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F).
45 min.
10 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #10After this time, remove the block of dough from the mould and cut into slices about 1cm thick. 5 min.
11 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #11Place the slices on a baking sheet.
12 Checkerboard biscuits : Photo of step #12Bake for around 15 minutes 200°C (390°F), but do not let the almond part brown. 15 min.

Remarks

As always with shortbread-style biscuits, it is important not to overcook them. They should still be slightly yielding and not completely hard and dry.

You can vary this recipe however you wish, using flavours other than chocolate and almonds, so use your imagination.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
265640 gr322 gr134 gr
133 %15 %30 %20 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
4397 gr53 gr22 gr
22 %3 %5 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 20 shortbreads biscuits : 2.13 €
Per shortbread biscuits : 0.11 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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