Well, it has been awhile since my last post.
With a trip to the country for easter, my recent university graduation and my home care job it has been one busy month. But not worry I haven't forgotten about you guys. And I hope this recipe more than makes up for my absence
I absolutely LOVE these biscuits (in all seriousness I love all my recipes) but there is something about Monte Carlos that gets me excited.
When I first started baking, I always had a soft spot for these biscuits and they got made quite often. I remember waking up at my ridiculous time of day and have them ready before I headed off to school. I must say there is nothing like having a freshly made biscuit for play lunch....one of my many small pleasures in life.
I think what I love about Monte Carlos is the coconut! I can't quite put my finger on it, but coconut is just one of those ingredients that gives a certain something no matter what you add it too. Sitting here now these biscuits would be even more AMAZING if you toasted the coconut beforehand (mental note for next time).
I also love the contrast of the jam and vanilla icing. Whenever my mum made these she'd mix the jam into the icing. But I didn't think it had the same effect. And the good thing about doing it this way is you can use as many different flavour jams as you like without having to make umpteen different icings.
Much like an Oreo, Monte Carlos are fun to split apart and eat the two biscuits separately (well that's how I do it anyway). But no matter how you eat them, these biscuits will soon become one of your all time favourites as they are one of mine.
185g Butter, Softened
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/4 cup Self-Raising Flour
3/4 cup Plain Flour
1/2 cup Coconut
3/4 cup Icing Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 teaspoon Milk
Jam (Any Flavour of Your Choice)
To make the Monte Carlos...
Pre heat oven to 180°C
With an electric mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until light and fluffy. Stir in the dry ingredients until well combined.
Roll mixture into balls of your size, place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and press down with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool before sandwiching together with icing and jam.
To make the Icing...
Simply beat all ingredients together until fluffy.
To assemble the biscuits...
Pair up biscuits so they matched roughly for size. On half the biscuits place the vanilla icing and other half the jam of your choice (you should use approx. half a teaspoon of both, depending on the size of your biscuits). Gently press the two sides together, being mindful of slight oozing.