Chocolate Shortcakes with a Peanut Butter Filling

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Sunday baking is becoming a bit of a tradition it seems. Paul and I were up early today for a screening of Iron Man 3 courtesy of work (amazing film by the way), which meant there was so much time in the day for other things! Not that we’ll be getting up that early on a weekend in a hurry though!

I decided to try ‘Chocolate Shortcakes with a Peanut Butter Filling’ from the third Hummingbird Bakery Book ‘Home Sweet Home’. (It’s the latest baking book I’ve bought, hence the reason for baking from this particular book again!)

Ingredients:

Shortcakes:

340g plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
80g caster sugar
65g unsalted butter
85g milk chocolate chips
60ml double cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
30g demerara sugar

Filling:

280g full fat cream cheese
60g crunchy peanut butter
60g icing sugar

Firstly line a tray with baking paper. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and then add the caster sugar. Rub the butter into the ingredients and then add the chocolate chips.

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Mix the double cream, vanilla extract and two eggs in a jug and pour this into the flour mixture. This will form a rough dough when you stir it.

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Lightly flour a surface and pat the dough down onto it to a thickness of about 4cm.

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Using a cookie cutter, (I actually don’t have one, so I used a small glass ramekin) cut out about 6-7 pieces and any extras from your dough.

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Place the cakes onto your tray and put them into the freezer for 20 minutes.

After this time is up, preheat the oven to 170ยฐC and then beat the last egg in a bowl and brush the cakes. Sprinkle some of the demerara sugar onto each cake and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese and the peanut butter until it’s smooth and then add the icing sugar.

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Once the cakes are baked and cooled, cut them in half and spoon a few teaspoons onto the bottom halves of the cakes and sandwich the cakes together.

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I always need a cup of tea with a cake and Earl Grey is my tea of choice so this was perfect for a weekend afternoon treat! (I have started walking to work to make sure all of these cakes don’t take an effect! Ha!)

2013-04-28T18-09-16_0In future, I may make the shortcakes slightly smaller as they are quite filling! But if you like your chocolate fix then keep them this size! ;)

What do you think? Hope you enjoy them like we did!

Have a good week!

.:M:.

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