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 170Β°C 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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