Chocolate and Vanilla Sponge Paws

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Flour - 120 grams (1 cup)
  • Sugar - 120 grams (1/2 cup)
  • Butter - 120 grams (1/2 cup)
  • Egg - 2 pcs.
  • Cocoa powder - 1 tablespoon
  • Vanilla sugar - 1 package
  • Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - pinch

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowls

    Use multiple bowls to separate your ingredients and mixtures. **Pro tip:** Have one medium-sized bowl for wet ingredients and another for dry ingredients.

  • Hand Mixer

    Essential for achieving the creamy texture. **Tip:** Start at a low speed to avoid splattering.

  • Pastry Bags

    Use two different bags for the plain and chocolate doughs. This ensures a neat and clean work process. **Hint:** Use different colored bags or labels to avoid confusion.

  • Paw-shaped Molds

    These fun molds add character to your pastries. **Tip:** Lightly grease the molds for easy removal.

  • Wire Rack

    Allow your pastries to cool evenly. **Tip:** Ensure your wire rack is sturdy to prevent tipping.

Instructions

Step 1

Instructions

In a bowl, beat the soft butter with sugar, vanilla sugar, and salt until creamy.
Gradually add the eggs, beating continuously until the mixture is fluffy and homogeneous.
Sift in the flour and baking powder, and mix until combined to form the dough.
Divide the dough in half. Place one half in a pastry bag.
To the remaining half, add cocoa powder, mix until smooth, and place this mixture in another pastry bag.
Fill paw-shaped molds with both types of dough, filling each mold to 2/3 of its volume.
Bake at 180-200°C (350-400°F) for about 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack before serving. Enjoy your delicious and fragrant sponge paw biscuits!

Servings

Serving these **Chocolate Paw Pastries** is an adventure on its own! Here are some charming ideas to make this delightful experience even better:

Special Occasions 🌟: Decorate each paw pastry with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or edible glitter for birthdays, kids' parties, or holiday gatherings. The glistening touch will leave your guests in awe!

Coffee Companion ☕: Pair your Chocolate Paw Pastry with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or hot cocoa. The rich chocolatey flavor complements your beverage, creating a moment of pure bliss.

Afternoon Delights 🍓: Serve the pastries alongside fresh fruits like strawberries or raspberries. The fruity tang balances the sweetness of the pastries, offering a well-rounded treat.

Decor Party 🖌️: Turn pastry decorating into a fun activity! Provide toppings like mini chocolate chips, colored icing, or assorted nuts. Let your creative juices flow and enjoy the process!

Variations

Gluten-Free Variation:

Substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend at a 1:1 ratio. Ensure the baking powder used is gluten-free as well. This small change allows those with gluten sensitivities to enjoy these scrumptious pastries.

Vegan Variation:

**Replace** the butter with a plant-based butter and the eggs with a flaxseed mixture (1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal mixed with 2.5 tablespoons of water equals 1 egg). Also, make sure to use a dairy-free cocoa powder. These tweaks transform the recipe into a vegan-friendly delight without compromising on taste!

Faq

  • How do I prevent my pastries from sticking to the molds?

    Make sure to lightly grease the molds with butter or a non-stick spray before filling them with dough.

  • Can I make the dough in advance?

    Yes, you can prepare the dough a day ahead and refrigerate it. Just let it return to room temperature before baking.

  • What's the best way to achieve a smooth cocoa mixture?

    Ensure that you thoroughly mix the cocoa powder into the dough, and sift the cocoa powder beforehand to eliminate lumps.

  • How do I know when my pastries are done?

    Insert a toothpick into the center of the pastries. If it comes out clean, they are ready! Also, golden-brown edges indicate they are perfectly baked.

  • Can I use this recipe to make other shapes besides paws?

    Absolutely! Feel free to use any fun-shaped molds you have on hand. The dough consistency is versatile for various shapes.

  • Can I add nuts or dried fruits to the dough?

    Definitely! Chopped nuts or dried fruits like cranberries or raisins can add an exciting texture and flavor to your pastries.

Nutrition facts

Chocolate and Vanilla Sponge Paws
Recipe Yield:12 servings
Calories:Each serving contains approximately 150-180 calories
Calories (Min - Max):150 - 180
Total Fat:10g
Saturated Fat:6g
Protein:3g
Total Carbohydrate:20g
Total Sugars:12g