Chocolate custard cookies – vintage recipe

Chocolate Custard cookies

Once upon a time the world, well Britain, stopped for Elevenses. A daily ritual where people up and down the country would take a five minute break and enjoy a cup of tea with something to nibble on. It could be a biscuit, a piece of cake or any number of special small treats.

We’re all so stressed these days running from one task to the next, stopping off half way to do a school run and then back indoors, the ironing, the dinner, the shopping, the cleaning we’re constantly on the go. What used to be an enjoyable daily ritual got put to one side in favour of…what? Taking the dog for a walk? Cleaning the bathroom? Cleaning the oven? Heaven forbid!

This was my favourite snack as a child, I could eat a whole tray of it and I can confirm that my girls both feel the same way although I stop at just one or two pieces these days :) It’s an ancient recipe that my mother found in a magazine, cut out and stuck in her scrapbook, she can’t even remember which magazine it was and we’re probably talking 1970’s so here goes for a real step back in time to ‘proper’ Elevenses

Chocolate Custard Cookies

Ingredients for 18 cookies

1st Layer

100g Anchor butter
40g caster sugar
3 level tbsps cocoa
1 beaten egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
125g crushed digestive biscuits
50g walnuts (optional)
 

2nd layer

200g icing sugar
2 level tbsps custard powder
50g soft margarine
3 tbsps hot water
 

3rd layer

75g plain chocolate
40g butter
40g icing sugar

Method

1. Grease a 25 x 12 cm swiss roll tin

For 1st layer – Melt the butter, sugar and cocoa in a small saucepan. Add the beaten egg and essence and stir for 1 minute without boiling. Remove from the heat and stir in the crushed biscuits and finely chopped walnuts if using. Spread mixture into tin, level and chill

For 2nd layer – Sift the icing sugar and custard powder into a bowl, beat in the margarine and add enough hot water to bind. (note in my photo my cookies are sliding a little bit – probably a tad too much water). Spread over the biscuit layer and chill.

Chocolate Custard cookies 2nd layer

For 3rd layer – Melt the chocolate with the butter in a small basin over a saucepan of hot water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove form the ehat, beat in the icing sugar and spread over the custard layer. Chill until firm cut into 18 squares

Chocolate Custard cookies 3rd layer

Perfect for a special treat, dessert buffet and once you’ve tried them you won’t be able to stop yourself going back for another ;)

 


17 Comments

  1. Aly
    January 26, 2012 / 6:56 AM

    Scones with with my home made lemon curd and clotted cream.Hmmmm.I’m going to try your recipe this weekend.

  2. January 26, 2012 / 6:57 AM

    If I was still allowed sugar, I’d have a nice chewy piece of home made flapjack

  3. January 26, 2012 / 8:47 AM

    Your recipe looks lush! If I have a choice, I would have a slice of homebaked cake any day, but alas, then I would balloon. I do have an occasional slice, as I bake often, but most of the time it is just a handful of nuts and dried fruit. Many thanks!

  4. January 26, 2012 / 9:23 AM

    That recipe looks amazing, I will have to try it. I would have a slice of home made fruit cake

  5. Anonymous
    January 26, 2012 / 9:45 AM

    These look great. I have to try it so I have pinned it so I know where to find it!
    If I could choose my elevenses I would have one of these…but as I can’t I suppose I will settle for a crumpet & peanut butter – yum!

  6. Nic Davis1
    January 26, 2012 / 11:54 AM

    Got back from my body pump class at 11am and promptly sat down with a cup of tea and a two finger Kit Kat, has to be done!  Give me butter any day, I have to limit myself cos of hereditary high cholestral but toast, scones, crumpets etc are just not worth eating without real butter! Will show your recipe to Alex, as he loves to bake and these look quite easy. Nx

  7. reluctanthousedad
    January 26, 2012 / 1:42 PM

    You OUTRAGEOUS woman. Those look amazing. Bookmarked. Gotta do these. 

  8. Anonymous
    January 26, 2012 / 2:41 PM

    My favourite is a slice of malt loaf with real butter, and a cup of tea. Yum! @RedRoseMummy 

  9. January 26, 2012 / 2:50 PM

    God, this looks divine. I’d have it for elevenses quite happily

  10. Laura@howtocookgoodfood
    January 26, 2012 / 4:27 PM

    Wow I have not heard of these before, but they sound great as an elevenses treat. If I had to choose something myself it would  be  a slice of my home-made white farmhouse loaf with butter and marmalade. :-)

  11. January 26, 2012 / 4:28 PM

    Wow I have not heard of these before, but they sound great as an elevenses treat. If I had to choose something myself it would  be  a slice of my home-made white farmhouse loaf with butter and marmalade. :-)

  12. January 26, 2012 / 6:02 PM

    I make something called dollar slices which has 2 of the same layers as yours.  Would never have thought of adding custard.  I’d always want some sort of cake for elevenses.

  13. January 26, 2012 / 6:03 PM

    I make something called dollar slices which has 2 of the same layers as yours.  Would never have thought of adding custard.  I’d always want some sort of cake for elevenses.

  14. poppyfields
    January 26, 2012 / 7:04 PM

    yum love your recipe I will have to try that at the weekend. 

    I have a fab recipe for Harvest Apple Cake so I make this at least once a week.The kids think it’s a big treat when they see it in there lunch boxes. We grow our own apples so it’s the perfect recipe to make use of them! I love to make the best of fresh seasonal produce so it’s perfect recipe.Would love to win the anchor cake set to display my new found baking talent!

  15. Emma Clement
    January 27, 2012 / 4:54 PM

    Hello :-) 
    Yum – your chocolate custard cookies sound lovely!
    My two year old has been a little fussy with food recently and my 7 month old is just at the start of weaning so we’ve been doing elevenses!

    To make it feel a bit special, we set up the kitchen table like a little cafe and have a small selection to chose from.

    Currently our faves are hot chocolate to drink with hot buttery crumpet quarters, homemade blueberry muffins and slices of apples!

    Would love to win one of the sets – I think it will make our little “cafe”  look great with the cake stand and matching items :-) Also, my two year old loooves cows!

    Emma Clement on twitter as @beachpebble:disqus 
    Thank you xx

  16. January 27, 2012 / 7:51 PM

    I work in a bakery so my favourite snack is when my boss makes sourdough by hand… Oh it’s good.

  17. Anonymous
    January 27, 2012 / 10:12 PM

    Cheesy toast :)

    @caro_mad x 

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