These jammy hearts were something I made for a Valentine’s present for my boyfriend this year. Although they weren’t much of a surprise as he watched me make them, but he took them to work to spread the love on Valentine’s Day. They are easy to make, look good and are a bit like jammy dodgers, so if you like them then these are the biscuit for you to try. And there is no need for them to just be hearts, you could try any shape and try different jams too. I think they would work equally well with a nutella filling if you are nutella lover. Or lemon curd if you are a lover of lemon.
You will need: (based on this recipe from Waitrose)
140g plain flour
100g unsalted butter
50g icing sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2tsp vanilla extract
For the filling:
80g icing sugar
Jam of your choice (I used raspberry)
To make the biscuits start by mixing the flour and butter until they resemble breadcrumbs. You can do this with your fingers or in a food processor. Add the icing sugar, egg yolk and vanilla and mix together to form a dough. Chill the dough for about 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 200C and grease a baking sheet. Thinly roll out the dough and cut out the hearts. To make the top hearts you need to cut a smaller heart inside the larger heart. I used a cookie cutter to cut out the large heart shape but just used a knife for the inside shape. You need to cut a top and a bottom biscuit for every biscuit you are going to make. This recipe makes about 12.
Place the biscuits on the baking tray and cook in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Be careful because the dough is thin so they will cook really quickly and you want them to be quite a pale colour.
Remove the biscuits from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack. After cooking the biscuits will all be slightly different shapes so pair up the top and bottom biscuits that fit together best!
Meanwhile make the buttercream for the filling. Mix the butter and icing sugar together with 1tsp boiling water. Once the biscuits are completely cool you can spread a little buttercream on each of the biscuits for the bottom. Then spread a little jam on top of the buttercream in the middle of each of these biscuits. Now sandwich the top and bottom biscuits together. There should be a lovely read jammy heart in the middle of each biscuit.
Lottie xx (follow me on twitter @lotts_louise)