Saturday, 7 February 2015

Valentine Biscuits for your Heart’s desire

I've been using Grandma’s popular Shortbread recipe to bake Valentine biscuits. Pop a glace cherry on each biscuit or try crystallised ginger pieces, cranberries or almonds instead. 
Valentine Shortbread biscuits
10 oz/ 275g  butter
1 lb / 450g plain flour
6 oz / 175g caster sugar
2 yolks of eggs
Glace cherries to decorate

Rub the butter into the flour and add the sugar. Then add the egg yolks and work into the flour as quickly as possible, making a dry dough. Chill for around 15 minutes then roll out to about ½ inch/1 cm thick and cut into Valentine shapes. Put a cherry on top. Bake for 25 minutes in a slow oven. (300F, Mark 2, 150C). Makes about 30 biscuits.   
My Valentine shaped cutter comes in handy for these biscuits
Oat Ginger biscuits
or bake a heart shaped cake like this Valentine Cake.  
Your Valentine won’t be able to resist the appeal of home baking straight out of the oven! So what are you baking for a Happy Valentine’s Day?

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