Recipe – A gorgeous gift for the one you love
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching – it’s time to show the one you love, just how much! Of course you do that every day of the year, but it’s nice to have a focus. With this gorgeous recipe, the only problem will be deciding who you love more – your other half or the biscuits!
Our regular cakey blogger, Alice, from Alice’s Vintage Pantry has put together another quick, easy and delicious recipe for us today so that we can say I LOVE YOU in the sweetest way!
Valentine’s day – a day on which we step-up the romantic gestures, tell our loved ones we love them them and spend a little more time with them.
It sounds great in theory. The reality in our house is that we are surrounded by children all our waking hours, busy trying to get through household tasks, go to work and run a business
It doesn’t leave much time for anything else.
I’m also always a bit stumped as to what to give as a gift. Not one for commercialism and pressies for the sake of it, I have decided I should bake for my other half (and the kids!).
Predictable maybe, but something I have spent time on (rather than money), will mean more to my family. So I’ve come up with a simple way to make some pretty looking biscuits, they don’t cost much and are pretty easy to do (you could even make them with children). They also store well in an airtight container, with baking to do for other peoples valentines gifts, this is a godsend for me!
So here is what you need….
To make the biscuits
- 125g plain flour
- 30g corn flour
- 90g butter
- 45g icing sugar
- Egg yolk
- Heart shape cutters (round cutter – optional)
For the decoration
- Ready made fondant icing in any colour you like
- Edible sparkle or edible silver balls (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 180c.
Sieve flour and corn flour together, rub in butter and add icing sugar.
Bind the ingredients together with the egg yolk and a tiny bit of water.
Roll out to around 5mm depth and cut out your biscuits (using your heart shape cutter).
Place them on a lined baking tray and bake for 7-8 minutes. Leave the biscuits on a cooling wire until cold.
Roll out your fondant icing and cut out hearts in a variety of sizes to layer on to your biscuits.
Use a small amount of jam to get your icing to stick.
Here are some photos of the ones I decorated (with my four year old). You could also sprinkle some edible sparkle on top.
Either put them in a tin or stack them and tie with ribbon – job done!
Was that a bit too easy??
I’m starting to wonder if the romantic gesture would work better if they took longer to make!!
Ah well, perhaps I better get planning a 3-course meal too!
We’ve got a set of heart shaped cookie cutters to give away to one lucky reader – so you can have a go at making Valentine cookies yourself.
All we want to know is what’s the best or worst Valentine present you’ve ever received ?
Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.
So don’t be shy – whether it’s plastic carnations or an Aston Martin, we’d love to know?
Photographs: Alice’s Vintage Pantry, Alison Staples
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