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A tribute to the iconic Tim Tam – kids of all ages will love this!

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Chocolate Cream Biscuits, Matt Morans <i>Australian Food</i>>

Chocolate Cream Biscuits, Matt Morans Australian Food [©Murdoch Books]

Matt Moran's <i>Australian Food</i>


Matt Moran has gathered his favourite traditional and more modern Australian dishes together in his book Matt Moran's Australian Food. From the coast to the country, It's all about ingredients that are fresh and seasonal, and not too many of them.

The dishes are a mix of the tradional and the more modern but to Matt, they all sing Australia, perhaps none more so that this tribute to one of the county's iconic indulgences.

Matt writes: this is my homage to that great Australian bikkie, the Tim Tam. Although there have been all sorts of new flavours added to the range over the years, for me it’s all about the original version. Here’s mine:

Chocolate Cream Biscuits

Ingredients (makes 15 biscuits):

  • 160 g (5½ oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 40 g (1½ oz/ 1/3 cup) icing (confectioners’) sugar, sieved
  • 40 g (1½ oz/ 1/3 cup) Dutch-process cocoa, sieved
  • 80 g (2¾ oz/ 1/3 cup) unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g (3½ oz/ 2/3 cup) each dark chocolate buttons and milk chocolate buttons

Chocolate cream filling

  • 100 ml (3½ floz) single (pure/pouring ) cream
  • 80 g (2¾ oz/½ cup) dark chocolate buttons


Preheat the oven to 160°C (315°F) and lightly grease a baking tray.

To prepare the biscuit dough, sieve the flour, icing sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl and add a pinch of salt. Add the butter, then rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Mix in the egg to make a dough, form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to rest.

While the biscuit dough rests, make the chocolate cream filling. Bring the cream to the boil in a small saucepan over a medium–high heat, remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Stand for 5 minutes, then stir until the chocolate is smooth and combined.

Refrigerate until beginning to firm, then transfer to a piping bag and set aside.

Roll out the biscuit dough on a lightly floured work surface into a 5 mm (¼ inch) thick 20 x 50 cm (8 x 20 inch) rectangle, then cut into 4 x 8 cm (1½ x 3 inch) rectangles (use a ruler to help keep them even). Place the rectangles onto the prepared tray, bake for 10–15 minutes until crisp, then cool completely on a wire rack.

To prepare the chocolate coating, melt all the chocolate buttons in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water), stirring occasionally until smooth.

To assemble, pipe the chocolate filling over half of the biscuits, then sandwich with the remaining biscuits. Dip each of the chocolate sandwiches into the melted chocolate, then place on a tray lined with baking paper until set.

Serve with a nice hot cup of tea.


This recipe from Matt Moran's Australian Food is reproduced with the kind permission of the publisher.

Read the press release here »

And see links below for more recipes.

Matt Moran's Australian Food: Coast + Country by Matt Moran is published by Murdoch Books (Sydney, NSW; Nov 2017; Hb; 240pp, RRP A$45.00). Photography by Will Meppem. It is available from all good bookstores and directly from the publishers here »

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