Malted Milk Sandwich Biscuits
These malted Milk sandwich Biscuits are just the most wonderful biscuity mouthfuls. My children love them as much as I do too. It’s something about the maltiness combined with the chocolate filling that makes me feel like I’m giving them something healthy as well as delicious.
But first……….some rookie mistakes
The kids have finally left the building……..this time I think I fared better. This time I managed to maintain daily changes of underwear and even kept on top of my cracked heels. Check me out school holiday b.tches……The trick to it I think was keeping them out in the garden and only allowing them in for serious toilet trips. In-fact I required them to fill out a short questionnaire in order to cross the threshold come rain or shine. This I feel encouraged a sense of independence appropriate of their coming new school years. Learning how to take shelter from the rain, wind and hail is a hugely valuable skill to learn early in life. I even taught them how to make an emergency tourniquet with a skipping rope, albeit through the lounge window. All great life experiences. They will thank me for it later if ever caught near a hurricane or a chain saw……
However even though my cracked heels were kept under control or at least only visible from five feet rather than twenty, my school uniform sh.t was not. I sent my angels back unprepared, limping and looking ridiculous. In other words extremely vulnerable to any self-respecting bully…….. True to form I shunned a nerdy dry run trusting my judgement and motherly instincts. What a t.at. I never learn. One child’s shoes did not fit at all, so much so that she actually hopped home from school sporting a massive red blister and the other’s new school jumper, ordered as a pair, on-line with no returns, is TWO sizes too big for him. To say he looked foolish was an understatement. Poor kids. I felt truly dreadful. Letting them go to school in ill-fitting clothes is akin to letting them get sunburnt……..usually completely avoidable and massively guilt inducing. But what could I do? I just had to wave them off, knowing one was in significant pain and the other mortified/bully fodder……..it was small comfort they were at least weather hardy.
So at four in the morning whilst lying awake sweating profusely and contemplating my failures, I came up with a cunning plan. I will boil wash the jumpers and bake them some lovely biscuits. Buying new shoes was the easy part. Although I was concerned that the shoe police might appear at the till to take me in for questioning as I was irresponsibly buying children shoes without them being digitally fitted first. I could be charged with wilfully causing fallen arches or parenting without tarsal due care and attention……ever more guilt……… But do you know what? I am a genius. I can’t believe it worked. No police, jumpers shrunk to size and biscuits bloody lovely. Balance is restored and no-one’s staring in disbelief at my children at the gates. Bring on half-term mofo’s.
Malted Milk Biscuits
This Malted Milk Biscuit recipe is simple and delicious and what’s more my children love them. I think they have forgiven me…..
After I have cut out the biscuit shapes I marked them with a button pattern using the base of a piping nozzle and the tip of another.
Malted Milk Sandwich Biscuits.
For the Biscuits
- 150 grams unsalted butter room temp
- 100 grams caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 1 medium egg
- 1 medium egg yolk
- 250 grams plain flour
- 75 grams malted milk powder like Ovaltine
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
For the icing
- 75 grams milk chocolate
- 75 grams unsalted butter room temp
- 50 grams icing sugar
- 2 heaped tbsp malted milk powder
- 1 tbsp milk
- Cream the butter and sugar together until it is pale and fluffy. I do this in a free standing mixer.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple of times and then beat in the vanilla extract.
- In a small bowl or mug whisk together the eggs and beat into the sugar mixture a little at a time.Mixing well before each addition and scraping down the sides intermittently.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and milk powder into the batter and mix until smooth and well combined. Be careful not to over mix as biscuits tend to be tough when overworked.
- Gather into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and chill for at least an hour.
- Preheat oven to 170 C and line two baking trays with baking paper or I use bakoglide. Lightly dust the surface with flour and roll the dough out to the thickness of 2mm. I cut the dough in half and put one half back in the fridge. My dough kept getting too soft so in actual fact I popped it in the freezer for five mins at one point.
- I used a 5 cm round cutter and a large and small piping nozzle to cut out and decorate the little beauties.
- Arrange the biscuits with gaps in between and bake in batches in the middle of the oven for 11 minutes until crisp on the outer edges and golden brown.
- Leave to cool on the baking tray for a few minutes before gently transferring to a wire rack.
- To make the icing melt the chocolate and beat in the butter. Gradually add the icing sugar and mix until pale and light.
- In a cup mix the milk and milk powder together and add to the icing. Use the icing to sandwich the biscuits together and leave until set firm.
- Apply to summer holiday mofo face.
I have linked this recipe to Great Bloggers Bake Off 2017 at (http:///www.mummymishaps.co.uk