I have been reading food blogs for ages and I always enjoyed reading the blog challenge round ups to see how different people interpret the various themes, When I decided to write this blog I was looking forward to entering some challenges myself, and this recipe I've been wanting to try for a while meets the criteria for two.
My daughter is a big fan of Oreos so I was keen to try a homemade version and see how they matched up. The biscuits were tasty, however I wouldn't say they had the very distinctive taste of Oreos. Apparently black cocoa is key to this taste, I plan on trying it out soon! This is the first time I have ever used vegetable fat in my buttercream, I deliberated over including it but felt it was necessary to keep the filling firm and stop it squidging out of the sides of the biscuits when they're bitten into .
I am entering my homemade Oreos into:
We Should Cocoa was created by Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog, I think this will be a popular challenge for me - a great excuse for more chocolate in my life (not sure how well it will fit in with #2, #7 and #15 on The List mind!). This month's challenge is hosted by Rebecca at BakeNQuilt who has chosen the theme of Cookies in honour of her favourite holiday treats.
AlphaBakes was created by Ros from The more than occasional baker and Caroline from Caroline Makes; Caroline is hosting this month's challenge. The random letter generator came up with O this month.
I'm not sure where this recipe is from, I just have a list of ingredients written down, on searching the internet I found quite a few similar recipes but if anyone knows the original source please contact me so I can acknowledge them.
170g plain flour
45g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
150g salted butter
1 large egg
Using an electric mixer beat all of the ingredients together until it forms a dough.
Then roll the dough into into 2 logs approx 5cms in diameter, wrap them in cling film and leave in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Preheat the oven to 170oc (for electric fan, or whatever is equivalent for your oven) and slice the cookie dough logs into 0.75cm thick rounds, space out on a lightly greased baking tray - they will spread a little and bake for approximately 10 minutes until edges are starting to feel firm. Transfer to wire rack to cool, they will crisp up as they cool.
For the filling
50g salted butter
50g vegetable shortening
200g icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk fats until soft then add icing sugar and vanilla. Pipe into the centre of the bottom biscuit and flatten with the top biscuit.
Enjoy, with milk of course!
I'm wasn't stingy with the filling but I had quite a bit leftover, I think this recipe could be scaled down by a third. I ended up with about 20 homemade ores.