Time: 30 minutes + 15 minutes baking
Serves: 10 biscuits (approx)
80g caster sugar
160g unsalted butter, softened
240g plain flour
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It’s almost Valentine’s Day so I thought we should do some love themed baking.
I’d seen various versions of this jammy heart biscuit, which is essentially a jammy dodger but wanted to make sure it was easy enough for the kids to help with.
This particular recipe I found on the she who bakes website. It’s nice and simple with only a few ingredients and has lots of opportunities for my wee helpers to get involved.
Preheat your oven to 180C and line your baking trays (2 or 3) with baking paper
Mix the butter and sugar together
Get your toddlers to measure out the sugar (80g) and butter (160g) and pop them in a large mixing bowl. If your butter isn’t soft, blast it in the microwave for a few seconds before adding to your bowl otherwise it’ll be hard to mix.
Use some wooden spoons and give it a good mix until it’s well blended. If you want you could use a hand held mixer or freestanding mixer.
Make a dough
Measure the flour (240g) then add it to your bowl.
Mix it together until it is thoroughly mixed and a dough starts to form. You could use your spoons for this, or get your hands dirty.
Tip your mixture out on to your work surface. Knead it together until it forms a ball. Then chill it in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Make your jammy heart biscuits
Get your kids to help roll your dough out so it is about half a cm thick. We put it between two sheets of baking paper to stop it sticking.
Cut out your biscuits using a round cutter. Using a smaller heart shaped cutter cut out the centre of half of your biscuits. Pop them on your baking trays. Re-roll the scraps and cut out more biscuits until you’ve used all your dough.
Sprinkle your biscuits with a little caster sugar.
Bake your biscuits
Pop your jammy heart biscuits in the oven for around 15 minutes. They’re done when they are turning golden brown.
Remove them from the oven, leave to cool on the trays for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
Form your biscuits
Spoon a little jam (about 2 tbsp) into a dish or pan and either warm in the microwave or on the cooker until has softened a little. This will make it a lot easier to spread.
Get your kids to help you spread jam on to the top of each ‘full’ biscuit. Then make a sandwich by placing the heart cut out biscuit on top.