Yesterday was Waitangi Day, the closest thing there is to “New Zealand Day”. To celebrate I baked, for the first time, Afghan biscuits. This is a traditional Kiwi biscuit, with no known link to Afghanistan itself. The origin of the name remains a mystery, and the Kiwis are staunchly protective of this biscuit’s NZ roots.
The Afghan is a chocolate cookie made with cornflakes and topped with a chocolate ganache and a walnut. It’s notable for its high quantity of butter and lack of raising agent so it melts in your mouth – perfect with a Flat White. I’ve used a recipe from TVNZ, but like all Kiwi classics it was probably first in the Edmond’s Cookbook.
For any fellow Kiwis In London I’ve made a list of cafe’s and restaurants to get a bit of Kiwi kai and quality coffee.
- Lola & Simon: http://www.lolaandsimon.co.uk/
- Sacred: http://sacredcafe.co.uk/
- Kopapa: http://www.kopapa.co.uk/
- Flat White:http://www.flatwhitecafe.com/
- Long White Cloud:http://longwhitecloudhoxton.com/
- Kiwi Kitchen: http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/restaurants/kiwi-kitchen-info-58116.html
If you consider yourself an International Foodie this is the perfect recipe to prove it, there’s something mysterious and diverse about an “Afghan” biscuit from a little country in the Pacific…