Giant Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Biscuits

Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip BiscuitsOne of my clients owns a large commercial bakery on Long Island, New York. For years I have been trying to convince him to make biscuits to enhance breakfast with all the same wonderful flavors as the most popular muffins. One such variety is a chocolate biscuit (see the recipe below).

My recipe makes the largest, most incredible biscuits in the history of the breakfast! Serve these gems with butter, preserves or honey. They can also be used as a base for dinner time (or any time) strawberry shortcake. I love the way the milk chocolate chips ooze from between the layers of the warm, freshly baked biscuit dough.

Got Biscuits?The dough can be prepared several hours in advance of baking by turning the dough out onto aluminum foil that has been floured, lightly buttered or lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Roll up foil until it is sealed, and refrigerate. Don’t be surprised if your biscuits rise even higher because the baking powder has had more time to act with the dough.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Baking Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 extra large-sized yummy chocolate biscuits

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup shortening, very cold
1 cup whole milk
1 cup Choclatique Milk Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Measure all ingredients and have at your side.
  2. Preheat oven to 425º F.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  4. Cut in the very cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  5. Gradually stir in milk until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. You may need more or less milk depending on the humidity of the day.
  6. Turn out onto a floured surface, add the chocolate chips and knead 15 to 20 times. Do not over knead or you will make the biscuits too tough.
  7. Pat or roll dough out to 1 inch thick. Cut biscuits with a large cutter or juice glass dipped in flour. Cut straight down without twisting cutter to ensure tall, straight biscuits.
  8. Repeat until all dough is used. Brush off the excess flour, and place biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges begin to brown.
  10. When the biscuits are removed from the oven, immediately brush with melted butter.

ChefSecret: I like to use White Lily flour for making biscuits of any kind. White Lily has been helping Southern cooks create incredibly delicious foods since 1883.

I sometimes like to add some dried cherries to the dough. Simply substitute 1/2 cup of cherries for half of the chocolate chips and then you will have the best Giant Chocolate, Chocolate Chip-Cherry Biscuits. Yum!

Serving Suggestion: Put a decadent spin on an old favorite—Fresh Berry Shortcake. Split and layer the biscuits with some fresh macerated berries and top with whipped cream.

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