|January days - ice, snow and blue skies at Lac de Vassiviere |
These crunchy chocolate biscuit bites are just the thing to enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee after a walk outside in the cold January air. I knew them first as biscotti, but here in France they are known as croquants. This recipe is just as good with almonds or hazelnuts instead of the chocolate chips, or use a mixture of both if you would like.
So, as the saying goes, 'there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing'. I got a batch of these baked, then wrapped up warm and went out for a long walk with the dogs, and enjoyed the peace and beauty of the snow dusted Lac de Vassiviere. Happy January days.
200g plain flour
100g dark chocolate chips/finely chopped chocolate
pinch of salt
preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.
mix all the ingredients together until they form a dough. Shape into 2 flattened sausage shapes about 20cm long and 5cm wide.
bake on a greased/lined baking sheet for 10-15 minutes or until they are just dry to the touch. Take out the oven and carefully slice into 2cm pieces. Bake again for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container.