I don’t keep biscuits in the house for fear of Sedentary Bum Syndrome (it expands to fill the available chair), so I always make them fresh, cunningly keeping leftover batter rolled in plastic in the fridge for the next time.
Peanut Butter Cookies? Delicious but usual. However on Saturday I tasted a thin dark biscuit I really liked at Sur la Table, and on Sunday Will bought an artisanal chili xocolatl, so I combined that inspiration, and here is the result:
Adult Biscuit Noir
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup whole flour
1/2 cup good dark cocoa
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
12/ teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Mix it all in a processor, tip it onto plastic, wrap it and mould into a sausage.
Unwrap the plastic (of course!) and cut it into thin slices, put on a tray and bake.
Sort of addictive. Not too sweet, lovely depth of flavour from the olive oil, just a hint of bite from the pepper – I could have used more. Maybe I would have been better off making something less delicious.
p.s. Next time I will substitute dried red chilis for the cayenne – it could do with a hint more danger.