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Chocolate Orange Sponge Drops

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2 eggs
50 g/2 oz / cup caster sugar
2.5 ml/ teaspoon grated orange rind 50 g/2oz/ cup plain flour
60 ml/4 tablespoons finely shredded orange marmalade
40 g/1 oz plain chocolate, chopped into small pieces


Makes: 14


1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Line three baking sheets with baking parchment. Put the eggs and sugar in a large heatproof bowl and whisk over a pan of simmering water until the mixture is thick and pale.

2. Remove the bowl from the pan of water and continue whisking until the mixture is cool. Whisk in the grated orange rind. Sift the flour over the whisked mixture and fold it in gently.

3. Put spoonfuls of the mixture on the baking sheets, spacing them well apart to allow for spreading. The mixture will make 28-30 drops. Bake for about 8 minutes or until the biscuits are golden. Allow them to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Sandwich the biscuits together in pairs with the marmalade.

4. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Drizzle or pipe the chocolate over the tops of the sponge drops. Leave to set before serving.

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