A person who works in our laboratory was recently diagnosed with MS, (a friend of mine also has MS) so we decided to have a bake sale. Charity + Cake? What could be better.
Alas I am working at a different trust this week and couldn’t participate in the bake sale with everyone else, so I suggested that I host one in the North…. Apparently if I bake it… they will come…
Coffee Kisses Recipe – taken from The Great British Book of Baking by Linda Collister
175g self-raising flour
100g caster sugar
100g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
2tsp instant coffee powder
1 medium free-range egg
75g very soft unsalted butter
150g icing sugar
4tsp cocoa powder (optional)
Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/gas 3. Grease two baking trays.
Put the flour and sugar into the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and process until it resembles fine crumbs. Dissolve the coffee in 1 tsp of hot water. Beat the egg until frothy and add to the coffee. While the food processor is running, add the coffee/egg mixture and process until the dough comes together.
Tip the dough onto a work surface and divide into 16 pieces.
With floured hands, shape each piece into a neat ball. Arrange them well apart (to allow for spreading) on the pre-prepared trays.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until light golden and firm to the touch.
Leave to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to allow to cool completely.
Make a simple buttercream by combining the ingredients and beating well. Sandwich the biscuits together in pairs…. and Done!
To be honest… I don’t like coffee, but Mr M does, and these are good. I am going to have to protect them to ensure there are some left for tomorrow!
Cake sale a go go!