So you’ve woken up this morning, heart a flutter, it’s Valentine’s Day and while your significant other agreed you’d keep it simple this year, they’ve only gone and bought you a card, flowers, chocolates and a cute fluffy bear
“…..Oh…..dear….” you might say
Do not panic my little lambs, I am here to save your little *tuckaes!
*Tuckae: plural of tuckus, meaning “one little tushie” or “bottom”
Throw on your loveliest dressing gown and head straight to the kitchen (by way of the local shop if necessary – get dressed first!) to make these tasty, throw back favourites for your Valentine
Homemade Jammie Dodgers
• 250g Butter (softened)
• 140g Icing Sugar
• 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
• 1 Egg Yolk
• 375g Flour
• 30g White Caster Sugar (for sprinkling)
• 170g Raspberry Jam (seedless)
Put the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl and beat together with an electric whisk until very pale and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and egg yolk and beat well with a wooden/silicone spoon.
Sift in the flour and mix with your hands into a firm dough. Work the dough into a smooth ball with your hands, (if it’s a bit dry, run one of your hands under the cold tap and shake the excess water off, then hold the dough, this’ll give it a little bit of help sticking together without over doing it as you’d then be left with a gooey mess!) wrap the dough ball in clingfilm and pop it in the fridge for an hour (this gives you shower/beautification time – not that you need it you lovely lot!!).
Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5 and line 2 baking sheets with greaseproof paper. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out until about 3mm thick. Using a round 4cm biscuit cutter, cut out an even number of circles, then use a mini heart cutter (or mini round cutter) to make little windows in the centre of half of the biscuits.
Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheets and bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes or until they are a pale golden colour. Don’t overcook them or they will be too hard when they’ve cooled. I suggest you put one in on its own the first time and gauge how long it takes before it starts to brown, then all the rest will come out perfect for you! (Remember: every oven is slightly different, so it’s always good to test these things)
Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool. While they are still warm, sprinkle with a little caster sugar.
Once the biscuits are completely cool, sandwich them together with a small teaspoon of jam. Make sure the biscuits with a hole cut in them are placed on top of those without.
Put them on a lovely plate, sprinkle with some icing sugar if you wish, turn to your beloved and say “Will you be my Valentine!?!”
Then relax, cuddle up with a good movie, a plate of these yums and get cosy
Happy Valentine’s Day!