About this recipe:A chocolate version of an Italian favourite. You can substitute milk for the water in the egg wash, if you wish.
75g butter, softened
125g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
225g plain flour
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
100g chocolate chips or buttons, roughly chopped
30g chopped walnuts
1 egg yolk, beaten
1 tablespoon water
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:45min › Extra time:30min › Ready in:1hr45min
Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5. Grease baking trays, or line with baking parchment.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and baking powder; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Dough will be stiff, so mix in the last bit by hand. Mix in the chocolate and walnuts.
Divide dough into two equal parts. Shape into 23x5x2.5cm loaves. Place onto baking tray 10cm apart. Brush with mixture of water and yolk.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. Cool on baking tray for 30 minutes.
Using a serrated knife, slice the loaves diagonally into 2.5cm slices. Return the slices to the baking tray, placing them on their sides. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes on each side, or until dry. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Oh goodness, these were totally amazing (I hate to say, especially dunked in a cup of hot tea!!!). I followed the recipe exactly but did baked on waxed paper for the first stage of cooking. Cut after 10 minutes of cooling and had no trouble with breakage. I did think the dough was not the easiest to handle. Once cooled I drizzled with melted chocolate and wrapped individually. Perfect finish to my dinner party. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I know I will be using it again and again... - 12 Jan 2013