Tasty Tuesdays: Valentines baking

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!

I hope you are enjoying a day knowing you are loved, whether that be by a partner, friend, family member or someone you showed a random act of kindness towards.

Because today is a Tuesday and it’s Valentine’s, I thought a Tasty Tuesday was called for – that way you can bake for a loved one or bake and feed yourself because hey, we all need to love ourselves right?!

I will be giving you a recipe for sugar biscuits and then showing you four ways you could decorate them using homemade royal icing. I have to say, I found it really easy, messy at times but all of the biscuits were totally delicious when finished. This is my favourite Tasty Tuesday so far!

Sugar biscuits (these are the usual measurements but I doubled it for the amount of biscuits I was making hence the ingredients in the photo!)

You will need:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 200g unsalted butter in cubes
  • 100g icing sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 free-range egg yolks

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Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and cover a baking tray with greaseproof paper ready for later.Place the flour, butter, icing sugar and salt into the bowl attachment of your machine.

2. Mix with the dough hook slowly until breadcrumbs start to form. I used a kitchen aid with a dough hook but you can also do this using your hands, rubbing the mixture with your fingertips.

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3. Now add in the egg yolks and mix again until a dough forms.

4. Here’s a great way to roll out your dough that I discovered which has changed my baking ways forever! Instead of flouring your surface and rolling-pin, pull out a longer strip of greaseproof paper, fold it in half and re open. Pop your ball of dough in the middle of one side and gently flatten it a little. Now fold over the rest of the greaseproof paper and roll out the dough with the rolling pin over the top!

5. Pop your rolled out dough, still sandwiched between the greaseproof, into your fridge for an hour until the dough is chilled and hard.

6. Uncover the top half of the greaseproof and then cut your shapes using cookie cutters.I used various sized heart cutters for the different biscuits I was making.

7. Pop your cut out biscuits onto a lined baking tray and place into the fridge again for about 15 minutes before the oven as this will help them keep their shape more as they bake.

8. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until they are slightly brown around the edges.

9. Remove and after 5-10 minutes transfer onto a cooling rack. Don’t move before hand because they will be soft and break.

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Now to decorate.

For jammy dodger biscuits you will need:

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  • jam of your choice -raspberry or strawberry
  • icing sugar

Method:

You will see from the pictures here that when I made my sugar biscuits, I had to pair up the biscuits, one whole biscuit with one that has a smaller heart cut out in the centre.

1. Once the biscuits are totally cool, take the complete half of the biscuit and gently cover it with a layer of jam.

2. Now get the top half with the heart-shaped hole and tap icing sugar over it.

3. Finally place the sugar-coated half on top of the jam covered half and voila, jammy dodger biscuits complete!

Top Tip – keep these biscuits in a tin and keep in the fridge. Otherwise the jam will soften the biscuits really quickly.

 

For love bug iced biscuits you will need:

  • 375g icing sugar
  • 2 egg whites (about 60g)
  • lemon juice
  • piping bags
  • black writing icing
  • red gel food colouring
  • silver balls
  • toothpicks

Method

  1. Sift your icing sugar into a bowl.
  2. Whisk your egg whites in a separate bowl until they begin to froth.
  3. Slowly add the egg whites into the icing sugar and mix until it becomes combined and stiffer.
  4. I recommend using gel food colouring as it won’t change the consistency of the icing. Keep adding until you have your desired colour.
  5. To start with your icing needs to be slightly thicker, add into a piping bag with a small, round nozzle. You will now need to pipe the outline onto your biscuits and leave to dry for around 10 minutes – this forms a wall for the rest of the icing.
  6. Whilst the ‘wall’ is drying, thin our your icing by adding a teaspoon of lemon juice until it is slightly runnier.
  7. Pipe zig zags of icing into the biscuits- this is called flooding. Then with a toothpick, move the icing around so it fills the entire area.
  8. Leave this to dry for 15 minutes and then using the writing icing, draw in the lady bird pattern and add two silver balls for the eyes.

 

For patterned iced biscuits you will need:

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  • icing sugar
  • 2 egg whites (about 60g)
  • gel food colouring of your choice
  • lemon juice
  • piping bags
  • toothpicks

Method:

  1. As with the love bug biscuits, make up your icing and ice on the wall to your biscuits.
  2. You will then need to make up more icing or split the icing you have to mix in the colour you want for your biscuits. I kept with red and pink for my Valentines biscuits.
  3. To create little love hearts, flood the biscuits with one colour and whilst wet, dot on another colour. Now drag a toothpick from the centre top of the dot through to the bottom and it will form little love hearts – simple but so effective.
  4. To create lips, which I haven’t done here, flood the biscuit with one colour and then whilst wet, draw on little ovals and with a tooth pick draw through the middle and drag out the ends to form lip shapes.
  5. To create a zig zag effect you need to ice on lines of alternating colours and use a toothpick to make sure it cover the biscuits. How drag your toothpick from top to bottom through the icing all the way along your biscuit. Then in the gaps, drag the toothpick from bottom to top – easy as that!
  6. To create iced word biscuits you need to flood your biscuits, leave to dry for around 10 minutes and then pipe on your desired words – as you can see i forgot to wait and forgot to change to a smaller nozzle, I was tiring by this point! But you can still see what I’m trying to achieve!

 

So there yo have it, simple, delicious and quick biscuits! Hope you manage to make them and enjoy sharing them or keeping them for yourself!

Have a wonderful day, see you tomorrow!

#hairlesshannah

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