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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Jam biscuits for Valentine's Day

They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and there is no better way to a man's stomach than a bit of home baking. So here is a recipe I use for Valentine's Day to reach my husband's heart. Easy to make, tasty to eat and fun to involve the children in making too should you be looking for ways to keep them entertained this half term.

Jam Heart Biscuits

6 oz (175g) plain flour
1 oz (25g) oat bran
4 oz (110g) butter
2 oz (55g) caster sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg, beaten
2-3 oz (55-75g) jam

Mix the flour and oat bran with the butter until it is like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar. Add 1 tablespoon of milk then a little at a time until soft dough forms. Preheat the oven to 190°C and grease two baking trays. Roll out pieces of dough and use a heart-shaped cutter to cut out biscuits. Brush each biscuit with egg then cut strips of pastry and form a rim around each biscuit. Brush the biscuit again with egg. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of jam into the centre of each biscuit and roughly spread it to fill the shape. Bake for 15 minutes until golden then cool on a wire rack.

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