I’ve talked recently about how the Hong Kong weather has been less than beautiful lately. Well, this morning things took a dramatic turn. This morning, things got biblical. We were woken up by thunder crashing over the house, shaking the windows. Lightening lit up the room, even though the blinds were down. Water came under the front door and through the kitchen ceiling. At 4am we were up stuffing towels under the door to try and stop the rain coming in. The Hong Kong Observatory, our guide and guru to local weather, was going crazy sending out landslide warnings, wind warnings, flood warnings and, most importantly; black rain warnings. Black rain means over 70mm of rainfall in a hour. Black rain and the observatory tells everyone to stay inside. Black rain and all the schools shut. Hurrah!
For me this meant a few extra hours at home this morning, a few extra hours to make up these little treats before the rain storm ended and I was called into work. Unfortunately I don’t have many of these cookies left to show you. The black rain warning also meant my boyfriend’s work was cancelled, and the lucky thing got the whole day off. I left him at home to keep an eye on my cookies as they cooled. It doesn’t take much to imagine what happened there!
Chocolate Bottomed Orange Cookies
(Makes about 10)
110g butter (room temperature)
55g caster sugar
140g plain flour
zest of one orange
50g dark chocolate
1. Preheat the oven to 170c
2. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy.
3. Add the orange zest until evenly combined.
4. Sift in the flour and bring the mixture together until you have a firm dough.Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for about an hour.
5. Roll into small balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Gently press the balls down with the back of a fork.
6. Bake for about 12 minutes, until they are just beginning to turn golden. Cool.
7. Heat the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of gently boiling water. Dip the bottom of each cookie in the chocolate and turn upside down on a baking sheet to set.
8. Dust with icing sugar.