Dark Chocolate Chip, Rosemary and Fleur de Sel Biscuits

Dark Chocolate Chip, Rosemary and Fleur de Sel Biscuits
It seems that I have given everything in my life over to preserving at the moment. It’s an addiction, I can’t get enough of filling up those jars and watching them stack up and up. My study, once the calm area of reading, writing and reflection has been invaded. Bookshelves have been emptied of books, books taken up to the attic as the jellies, relishes, pickles and jams have taken over.

I think that’s why I had a little moment this weekend in between the piccalilli and the apple and stem ginger chutney when I needed a recipe with instant results, something I could actually eat right that second. You know, dinner. And what better dinner than butter, eggs, sugar and flour. For a quick baking fix, you don’t need to go much further than a biscuit. The only impatience you need to overcome is that initial 20 minutes when the butter is being brought up to room temperature. Don’t let it kill your instant fix fun though, do what I do which is which is sit on my kitchen stool, a model of calmness as I leaf through a cookbook. Don’t shoot the butter murderous looks as the edges refuse to soften on this chilly August afternoon but instead… Oh alright then, after 10 minutes I might have
thrown the butter cubes unceremoniously into the kitcheanaid to let my faithful friend do the rest of the work. Whizzed up on high, it beats the butter around so it has no choice but to yield and when it does sugar is launched into the bowl as well and mixed for 3-4 minutes until light with air.

From there, it is no time at all to add the rest of the ingredients one at a time, mix, then add, mix then add. The egg, the vanilla, the flour, baking powder it all goes in before the chocolate chips, rosemary and fleur de sel are stiffly stirred in. At this point I forced myself to have the time and patience to weigh the dough out properly so my biscuits would all be the same size. It probably had a lot to do with the episode of GBBO I had just watched on catch up so was shamed into doing so, no one wants to get on the wrong side of Paul and Mary. However, this step was worth it as 12 minutes later, after the bake, seeing the biscuits lined up so uniformly, tweaked a little bit of perfectionist pride in me.
Dark Chocolate Chip Rosemary and Fleur de Sel Biscuits | Stroud Green Larder

I made these biscuits a few weeks ago and for some reason didn’t write about them. A bit of a travesty as they really are quite delicious, I was happy therefore to have found an opportunity to whip them up again for inclusion in the blog. These are more biscuit than cookie as the idea is that they should be crisp, with pockets of oozing chocolate providing the only give in the biscuit. They are also a little bit grown up and refined and are absolutely ideal sitting on the saucer of a cup of tea when you need a bit of time off from pickling, jamming and jarring.

Dark Chocolate Chip, Rosemary and Fleur de Sel Biscuits
Makes 20 biscuits

125g butter, at room temperature
185g caster sugar
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
185g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g dark chocolate chips
2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
½ tsp fleur de sel

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix in until thoroughly combined.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, rosemary leaves and fleur de sel then add to the rest of the biscuit dough along with the chocolate chips.
  5. Bring the dough together to form a ball.
  6. Bake the biscuits in two batches. Weigh out half the dough, setting one of the halves aside for a bit, then split into 10 balls, which should be about 30g each. Place each ball on a large baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes when the edges should be turning golden.
  7. Once the biscuits are ready, remove from the tray with a spatula and transfer to a cooling rack.
  8. Take the second half of the dough and split into another 10 balls, place them on the baking tray and bake also for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the tray and transfer to a cooling rack.

Bacon Salt

Try Homemade Bacon Salt on anything and everything. From sprinkling on chips to whisking into salad dressings and even adding to your margarita salt rim. It just makes everything taste better.

Bacon Salt is the ultimate condiment which can be sprinkled on anything and everything

Bacon is brilliant and salt is marvellous so this recipe was always going to be a winning combination. I first experienced bacon salt a few years ago dredged onto my fries at a local restaurant. It just made complete sense, adding a delightfully savoury saltiness and immediately set about creating my own recipe so I would always have this incredible condiment to hand. And now I put it on everything, sweet or savoury.

Once you’ve tried it you won’t want to go back to ordinary salt.

Why should you make bacon salt?

  • This special umami dust will pep up any humdrum meal.
  • Easy to make – with just 3 ingredients!
  • Keeps well in the fridge so you can always have it to hand.

How do you use bacon salt?

It will be the magic ingredient sprinkled over your buttered popcorn as you settle in for an afternoon of Netflix.

Potato or sweet potato wedges will be heartily pepped up as a dredging of bacon salt will make them the key feature of the meal instead of a lowly accompaniment.

A humble lunchtime salad will be taken to another dimension with a liberal dusting of bacon salt.

Adding a good shake to your marinara sauce will completely transform a plain jane dinner into blissful reflection.

How do you make it?

  1. Place smoked streaky bacon on a small oven tray and bake for about 20-25 minutes until the bacon seems crisp and dry but is not in any way burnt.Raw bacon on a roasting dish Roasted bacon sizzling in a pan
  2. Remove from the oven to dry on kitchen towel.Bacon resting on kitchen paper
  3. Place the bacon in a food processor with the sea salt and grind until the bacon is in minute pieces flecked through the salt.

Crumbled bacon in a food processor Crumbled bacon and sea salt in a food processor Bacon salt in a food processor

4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

A jar of bacon salt

What salt should you use?

A good flaky sea salt works best here that can be ground well. I love to use Maldon Sea Salt for this recipe. The flakes are beautifully delicate and give a wonderful subtle taste.

Maldon Sea Salt

Recommended Equipment

A good food processor. I really recommend the Magimix food processor. I have easily had mine about fifteen years. It was the first kitchen appliance I ever bought and has been proud on my work surface in every kitchen I’ve had since then. 

How long does bacon salt keep for?

You can keep your bacon salt in the fridge for as long as you see fit. The proper advice is to eat within a week but since salt is a preservative then I find the bacon salt lasts a lot longer. I tend to use a whole batch within 2-3 weeks so it never gets to the point where I think to throw it away.

Can you grill the bacon instead?

You can grill your bacon for this recipe which takes half as long as the roasting time given below and if I’m pressed for time then this is a fine option. However, it is nice to roast the bacon as the roasting dish hangs onto the bacon fat which renders off the meat.

Bacon Fat

This bacon fat is a real added bonus to the recipe. I scrape the fat into a jar to keep in the fridge and if you do this every time you bake or fry bacon then you will build up a little store.

Now that we all know that fat isn’t the big scary health risk that we all once thought we can embrace the flavour that bacon fat gives to our cooking without repercussions. Have you tried bacon fat instead of butter when frying steaks or pancakes or as a base to your roux? It’s how I do it in my weird little bacon obsessed world. And then I cement matters by sprinkling bacon salt over the top.

If you like this recipe then why not try:

Homemade Lemon Powder
Walnut Dukkah
Homemade Smoky Fajita Seasoning Paste

If you make Bacon Salt then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own baking creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on Instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your versions and variations of my recipes.

Bacon Salt

From sprinkling on your chips to adding to your salad dressings and even adding to your margarita salt rim, Homemade Bacon Salt just makes everything taste better.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: British
Servings: 50 servings
Calories: 11kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 135 g maldon sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground white pepper

Instructions

  • Place the bacon rashers on a baking tray and then into an oven, pre-heated to 180°C.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until just starting to turn crisp.
  • Remove from the oven and place the bacon rashers on some kitchen paper to dry.
  • Once cooled, place the bacon in a food processor. Whizz up until the rashers have crumbled into tiny shards.
  • Pour in the salt and the pepper and continue processing together until the bacon pieces are tasty meaty dots running through the salt.

Notes

Bacon salt keeps well for at least 2 weeks in the fridge.
Adapted from thewannabechef.net

Nutrition

Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 1064mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 1mg