What do large commercial manufacturers put in their cakes and biscuits these days?
I rarely buy them but whenever I do I find that it is just like eating a lump of sugar and they often have no taste at all.
Read the ingredients on the label and you will often find "Palm Oil" which is an unhealthy oil often disguised under "vegetable oils".
Palm oil is being used all the time by the industries because it is much cheaper than corn or sunflower oil. Sometimes I find it shocking that even more expensive organic biscuits contain it. Palm oil is bad for the environment, the animals and bad for your health too! It is very high in saturated fat (which won't help your cholesterol levels) and it cannot be obtained organically, the oil must be extracted from the pit with a gasoline-like hydrocarbon solvent. It is also heavily refined and this process depletes many of its nutrients. Sounds good eh?
I would love to see this oil disappear from labels ASAP, industries need to consider who they are impacting as well as their profits.
Talking about cookies I made shortbread cookies that hide a delicious chocolate to bite in the middle. They were a treat for my children. These are made industrially in Italy and the recipe has proven very popular among home bakers around the internet. I thought I give them a go too.
They are great dipped into your tea or coffee or just on their own.
- Prep Time : 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 20 minutes
- Yield : 25
In a bowl work the butter with the sugar to a creamy consistency. Add the egg, the vanilla essence, a pinch of salt, flour, corn starch and mix well.
Working with your hands form a ball. Take 1/4 of the pastry and add the melted chocolate and the cocoa powder to it, combine it well with the pastry.
Wrap both the pastries with cling film and put them in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
Roll the white pastry and form a long rectangle.
Make a long roll with the chocolate pastry and put it in the middle of the white one.
Seal well with the white pastry and press well so you have a compact roll.
Now with a knife cut your roll into pieces. I made my biscuits about 1 +1/2 cm or 0.60 inch long . With the back of the fork press well on each biscuit.
Cook at 170C or 330 F for about 15 minutes.