What you Need: 75g/3oz plain chocolate 100g/4oz caster sugar 150g/5oz ground hazelnuts 1/2-3/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground allspice 2 egg whites, lightly beaten 50g/2oz icing sugar, plus more if necessary
Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F/180C/Gas 4. Line two baking sheets with rice-paper (available in packs from the baking section at supermarkets). 2. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little before stirring in the caster sugar, hazelnuts and spices, followed by the egg whites. Put the mixture to one side and allow to settle slightly. 3. Sift 2 oz icing sugar onto a plate. Form teaspoonfuls of the chocolate mixture into balls, then roll in the icing sugar. Place the biscuits on the baking sheet, spacing well apart. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon or your fingers. 4. Bake for around 15 minutes, until just firm. Allow to cool on the tray then break off excess rice-paper. Makes around 18-20 biscuits.