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jammy biscuit hearts

Jammy Biscuit Hearts

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:

50g butter
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.

Cut dough

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)

This post is entered into Tea Time Treats hosted by What Kate Baked and Lavender and Lovage. The theme this month is Romance!

Lebkuchen

Christmas started in our little flat this weekend and now the tree is up and looking beautiful. This also meant it was time to start Christmas Baking! I love the fact that December can mean a whole month of baking lots of lovely christmassy treats. And first up was Lebkuchen, a traditional German Christmas treat, a little bit like gingerbread. Yes, I do love Germany. One of my friends text me this weekend to say she was in Berlin, I got a little jealous! However I took a trip to Hobbycraft this weekend, so that made up for it! I bought a new heart shaped cookie cutter, so my Lebkuchen are love hearts!

Lebkuchen

What you need: (recipe from BBC good food)

Ingredients

250g plain flour
85g ground almonds
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch each ground cloves , grated nutmeg and black pepper
200ml honey
85g butter
zest of 1 lemon

100g icing sugar
1 egg white , beaten
3 tbsp lemon juice

Honey and butter

Melt the butter with the honey in a pan. Once it is melted add all the dry ingredients and the lemon zest and mix well. Put the mixture into a food bag to cool and put it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. It should solidify into more of a cookie dough consistency. Once the dough is fully cooled you can roll it out. This is best done between two pieces of cling film, until the dough is about 5mm thick.

Roll out the dough

Use a cutter to cut the dough into the shape you want and put them onto a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper. Bake in them in the oven at 180C for 15 minutes.

Dough hearts

Biscuits

Leave the biscuits to cool on a baking tray. Once cool you can dip them in the icing. To make the icing mix the icing sugar with the egg white and lemon juice until smooth. Dip each biscuit into the icing and leave it to set. You can also dip them into chocolate instead of icing if you prefer. I finished mine off with a sprinkle of glitter dust (just because it is new!).

Iced hearts

Lebkuchen eaten

I’m entering these into Tea Time treats hosted by Kate at What Kate Baked and Karen at Lavender and Lovage!

Tea time treats

Lottie xx