A nice treat to accompany a warm cup of tea.
I had a thin sheet of leftover vanilla sponge and i'm not a fan of wasting food. So, something had to be done! I simply cut the sheet into rectangles as pictured above, placed them in the oven at a low temperature and dried them out for 45 minutes or so. It only took some melted dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt to jazz them up a bit, but not even that was needed. 
I was surprised at how much these resembled boudoir biscuits. I love the crunchy texture, and the salt just...wow, goes so well with dark chocolate. It's such a versatile biscuit too. 


- 40g butter
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 75g caster sugar
- 65g self-raising flour
- 1 tbsp cornflour

- 30g dark chocolate
- 1 tsp sea salt

1) Preheat the oven to 160 C fan forced, 180 C, 350 Fahrenheit. Grease a square tin and line the base with baking paper. 

2) Gently melt the butter in the microwave. Set aside to cool slightly. Measure the eggs, sugar and vanilla into a bowl and beat at full speed until a mousse like consistency is reached. The mixture should be pale in colour and the beaters should leave a trail when lifted out of it. 

3) Sift the flours into a bowl, and then gently fold half of this into the egg mixture. Drizzle half the melted butter around the outside of the mixture, and gently fold that in too. Repeat with the leftover flour and butter. 

4) Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the cake springs back nicely when lightly pressed with your finger. Leave to cool in the tin when done before lifting onto a wire rack. Once completely cooled, slice in half and then in the opposite direction to form rectangular biscuits. 

5) Turn the oven down to 50 degrees fan forced. Place the cake slices onto an oven tray and put in oven for 45-50 minutes or until nicely brown and crunchy. Flip them around halfway through. When they're done, transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool. 

6) Once cooled, melt about 30g of dark chocolate in the microwave. Add 2 tablespoons of cream and combine. Dip each biscuit in the melted chocolate and then lightly sprinkle with sea salt. There are so many options. :)

Voila. Serve with a cup of tea or coffee. 

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