“ Brand: Jane Asher / Type: Chocolate „
I have a sweet tooth and not much cooking ability so I quite often rely on baking mixes. I recently bought this Jane Asher Giant Chocolate Yorkie Cookie baking mix as the illustration of the biscuits on the packaging looked mouth watering and Jane Asher has a great reputation and expertise in creating recipies for sweet treats.
The baking mix is produced by Victoria Foods and Nestle and comes in a cardboard box with just two seperate ingredients inside. The front of the box shows a photo of what that finished product should look like. The back of the box tells you what extra ingredients you need to add to the baking mix and also how to make the cookies. Full ingredients are given on the side of the box as well as storage instructions, contact and guarentee information and Jane's own tips and hints. There is also a nutritional information table which gives values per 100g or per 73g cookie. The per cookie value is 329 calories and 16.1 g of fat.
The baking mix makes six 'mansize' or large cookies. The extra ingredients and utensils you need to prepare are:
60g of softened or spreadable butter
Large Mixing Bowl
Greasing paper if desired
Inside the box I found a packet of chocolatey flour and sugar blend and a Yorkie bar - yes, they just stick a normal Yorkie bar inside! The Yorkie bar has it's own nutritional values and information printed on it's packet.
The steps to make the cookies are listed on the back and are written out in numbered instructions. This makes it really easy to tackle one at a time and not lose your way. After pre-heating your oven to 190 degrees you need to empty the flour mix into a bowl and add the butter. I was surprised by the amount of flour/sugar mix and should point out that you will need a deep mixing bowl. I used spreadable Lurpak butter to blend and found it melted pretty quickly although I needed to put some effort into it. If children are making this they may need a strong hand just to properly blend the mix. You need to kind of squash the mix with the back of a large spoon.
You should then add the water little by little until a firm dough is produced. Now when I did this I found that the mix was too dry so I added a little bit more butter and water. When the consistency was dough-like I stopped mixing. Be careful though not to make the dough too wet and sticky.
The instructions state to seperate and roll the dough into six balls and place them on a baking tray. You are supposed to have a baking tray that leaves 4cm between each cookie. My baking tray was just a little bit too small and so the edges of my cookies ended up merged but it didn't matter as they broke apart easily.
I was a bit concerned that the instructions didn't state to press the balls down onto the greased baking tray but I followed the instructions and left them round. They flatten as they cook though.
It takes 12-15 minutes for the cookies to bake. You should check the cookies regularly to make sure they don't burn. Whilst they are cooking you need to snap the Yorkie bar into pieces. You can break it into it's natural chunks or slice it into smaller bits. I tried slicing smaller bits but the Yorkie bar is so thick it's a bit difficult to slice with a knife (only an adult could manage this).
If you like softer cookies you should take them out earlier. I removed mine at 12 minutes for a moist and crumbly texture. When the cookies come out of the oven they are sizzlig and blown up. At this point you need to press the pieces of Yorkie into the top of the biscuits. You shouldn't need to touch the actual hot cookie to impress the chocolate (I didn't) but watch out.
The chocolate then melts. You need to leave the cookies to cool.
When my cookies were ready I was really surprised at how delicious they were. Family members agreed. What makes the cookies though is the stodgy Yorkie pieces. You need to make sure these are evenly placed over each cookie. I found that when I ate a piece without the Yorkie in it I didn't think it was sweet enough. It tasted like chocolate and had a gorgeous texture but it just didn't seem sugary enough without the bits of Yorkie chocolate. The chocolate never actually returns to a hardened state but remains in a softened, half-melted form. It melts quickly in the mouth and feels velvety alongside the more chewy dough.
As far as hassle free baking this is probably the quickest and easiest sweet treat I've ever made. I've bought and attempted lots of cake mixes, brownie mixes and biscuit mixes and this is definately the baking mix I've found most easy to complete with the end result being most like my expectations and Jane Asher's intention!
Jane's tip for the Yorkie Cookies is to put dough into ice-cream for a delicious cookies and cream variety. I am definately planning to do this next time I buy a pack!
Available from some supermarket stores (I got mine at Asda) and costing around £1.79.
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