Need I say more?
Perhaps only a word of warning: these chocolate crackers are quick to make and very, I mean, very addictive! Consume at own risk…
Now, the inspiration for the crackers came from our recent trip to the Philippines, yes, I seem to have picked the least Filipino of foods to be inspired by, but I just couldn’t get enough. Plus I feel it’s my job to take a commercially-made biscuit and healthy-it-up a little.
The Philippines is a country of many stark contrasts but I always enjoy my time there. This time around, I loved doing a little exploring of my own… First stop – a must in any foreign country I visit, the supermarket. It gives you one of the best insights into the culture of the country, both in terms of the food and how long people are happy to stand in a queue before letting out a number of loud sighs. Based on my experience, Filipinos are a patient folk.
It only so happened that Merowyn tweeted this picture of her favourite Filipino crackers, the Sky Flakes, as I was about to head out of the hotel’s wi-fi range. Intrigued, I set out to find them and have a little taste test for myself. But what I’d found in the same biscuit aisle was an even more exciting offering: Jack’n’Jill Magic Cream Combo Peanut Butter Choco Crackers – a crisp, light chocolate cracker with a smooth peanut butter cream and a mouthful of a name. Excited, I pounced on the promotional packet of Buy 10 get 1 free and proceeded to munch on one before I got to the check out. I was onto my second biscut sandwich by the time I’d paid – probably in an attempt to keep myself from said sighing, already trying to work out how to replicate these original cookies back home… I’ve not seen these in Australia, and knew it was my job to spread the delicious concept the world over. Okay, maybe just share it with you, my readers.
I was also super excited to visit Makati City’s most central organic food market, Salcedo, searching for local delicacies. I enjoyed all of the mango incarnations available there – fresh, dried and pickled; more barbecue pork sticks and noodle (pancit) buns than necessary. Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring any of those home, but under the watchful eye of one of the expat friends there, I managed to shop up a storm, mainly in the homewares department where I procured a large number of cutting boards, bowls, spoons and plates, 11 kilos of those in total.
And yes, for those of you in the know and wondering, I did buy a balut at Salcedo, but didn’t have the courage or heart to eat it… Not sure that I ever will, so for now I will enjoy another couple of these delightful choc & pb crackers. And so should you!
Makes about 10-12 cracker sandwiches
Chocolate crackers with peanut butter filling (gluten free)
If you’re not into peanut butter, or are allergic, try them with some creamy brie and sour cherries. Otherwise, use 100% natural or organic peanut butter for the filling. Gluten free flour can be substituted for regular self-raising flour if you wish. You will need a rolling pin, baking paper and a cookie cutter or a sharp knife.
For the chocolate crackers:
- 1 cup self-rising gluten free flour
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 75g (cold) butter, diced
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp honey
For the peanut butter filling:
- 1/2 cup organic peanut butter
- 1 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced, 350F, gas mark 4).
To make the cookies: mix together flour, sugar and cocoa. Add diced butter and process or rub together with your fingers until fine breadcrumbs form. Add milk and honey and mix to form dough. Transfer to a lightly flour-dusted surface and knead for another minute or so, until the dough is nice and smooth.
Flatten the dough and place between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out until the dough is about 3-4mm in thickness. Cut out your shapes as required, transfer onto a baking tray lined with extra baking paper. Re-roll the scraps and repeat the process. Prick each cracker with a fork a few times.
Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes. Transfer to w wire rack and allow to cool before sandwiching with peanut butter.
To make the peanut butter filling: mix together organic peanut butter with icing sugar.
To make the cracker sandwich: place about a teaspoon of peanut butter into the middle of half the crackers. Top each with the remaining crackers and squeeze together to stick and push the filling to the edges. Store in an airtight container for upto 1 week.