Seb & I spent a last-minute week away in Edinburgh last week, after finding some cheap coach tickets & deciding that a city would be our best bet for a holiday during a week that could potentially be grey and wet. So where better than the city I have heard to be teaming with great coffee shops & pubs? Well more on those later. But the other thing we spent a lot of the week doing together, was playing games.
Our magnificent ‘castle’ hostel provided a stack of board games as did, it seemed, almost every other pub & café in the city! And our friendly competitiveness meant that there were many focused games of scrabble and dominoes. Plus the pool table which we gratefully accepted during the afternoons when we couldn’t walk another step on those steep streets until we had refueled, filled up on free tea & coffee and had a few games.
This week has rolled by quickly, mostly consisting of much-needed downtime at home. And as you can see above, I’m a little worse-for-wear at the moment (with a bug/cold or something which really won’t go away!). So it’s the perfect time to bake & catch up on some episodes of Lewis, Midsomer Murders, and Smallville.
However, these aren’t just any old biscuits, as you can see! They’re a sort of giant bourbon-domino creation, from a very old recipe book called “Home Baking”, which I have been baking from since I was a child. The recipe is a very simple, good old-fashioned biscuit & butter-cream combination:
225g self-raising flour, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, pinch of salt … combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Rub in 100g butter, until it resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in 100g sugar.
Stir in 1 beaten egg and 1-2 tbsp water until it forms a stiff dough. Knead until smooth & roll out thinly on a floured surface (if your dough is very soft sprinkle lots of flour onto your surface).
Cut into equal sized rectangles, place on a baking tray & bake for 7-10 minutes at 190 C (375 F).
Sandwich biscuits together generously with chocolate buttercream (cream together 100g butter & 175g icing sugar, add 1 tbsp cocoa powder). Glaze with chocolate glacé icing (icing sugar & a little cocoa powder, mixed with a few drops of water at a time to make a thick enough icing) then silver/white balls and a little rolled up fondant icing for the divider.
And good luck! I’m sure you can find the rules for dominoes elsewhere! We didn’t make a complete set of the dominoes, but we made enough variations that they worked rather well for a game! Until you start eating them that is…