Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy St. Valentine's Day! Strawberry Jelly Biscuits


The entire time I made this post I was singing The Searcher's song in my head...
Ok maybe it was out loud...
"And if you wanted a love to last forever, 
Darlin' I'll send my love your way, 
and my love'd not only last forever, 
but forever and a day, 
And I'd bring, 
Sweets for my sweet, Sugar for my Honey, 
Your first Sweet kiss thrilled me so!"

It's so catchy, gotta love that guitar riff...anyway.
I've never really celebrated Valentine's day per say. There are 365 days in a year to show the person you love how much they mean to you, we don't need a socially prescribed holiday.
I love the fact that Kishore will just pick up some flowers for me on a random day because he thought I'd like some sunshine.
My Rosenkavalier :)
In any case, I wanted to make a little sweet something special for my Sweetheart for Valentine's day. 
The thing is...Kishore's not crazy for sweet things, so that kind of put me into a predicament. I was looking through my recipes when I remembered Jelly Biscuits! These tasty treats have just the right amount of sweet, and are quick and easy to prepare. The Strawberry and Almond flavors meld to give a fresh, lightly sweet treat.They are great as a breakfast treat or an afternoon tea treat.

Here's my Recipe for these Slightly Sweet Treats:

Strawberry Jelly Biscuits

Makes 35 Treats

Ingredients:

2 cups Unbleached Flour

3/4 cup Milk
1/4 cup Vegetable Shortening
1/4 cup Almond Paste
4 tsp Baking Powder
2 Tblsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt

About 1/2 cup Strawberry Jam

Preheat the oven to 425 F

Directions

1. Mix the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder together.
2. Add the shortening and almond paste to the flour mixture and blend till the mixture becomes a course meal.


3. Add the milk and blend with coarse meal to make a soft dough.
4. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it's smooth and pliable.
5. Roll out the dough on a floured area with a floured rolling pin; to about an 1/8 th of an inch thick.



6. Use a 2" wide heart shaped biscuit/ cookie cutter to cut out the dough. 



7. Place half of the cut-outs on a cookie sheet about an inch apart.
8. On the other half of the cut-outs use the smaller 1" wide cookie cutter to cut a hole in the center. Then transfer them on top of the ones on the cookie sheet.



9. Roll up the remaining dough and repeat steps 5-9 until all dough is used up.

10. Put a tsp of the Strawberry Jam into each center ring.





11. Bake the biscuits for 12-15 minutes, until they are light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Serve with Love and Tea, CafĂ©cito or Spanish Hot Chocolate!


Enjoy!

Tell me what are your plans for Valentine's Day?

I have entered this post in Simply.Food's Let's Cook Sweet Treat for Valentine.
I have also entered this post in a Treat Petite Event Loved Ones, hosted by Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer.



6 comments:

  1. So romantic cute jam tarts. Thanks for sending them to lets cook sweet treats for valentine.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Nayna! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for hosting this event! :)

      Delete
  2. We made these cookies and followed all the directions, and we had to leave the cookies in the fridge for a day because they just wouldn't harden. This morning I checked them and they were very soft. I tried rolling them and they just stuck to the counter, even though I put in lots of flour. I had to make them into small balls, but they were very hard to work with because they were so sticky. What did I do wrong?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi BCC, I'm sorry you had a hard time with this recipe. Let's try to help you figure this out, it could be anything, so I'll go through everything I can think of.

      1. Make sure you use Almond Paste.
      2. This is a biscuit recipe not a cookie recipe so the method is a little different. You want to add your almond paste and shortening at room temperature to the flour mixture, to make a course meal of the flour before adding the milk. This step is essential, if you over knead the heat from your hands will soften/melt the paste and shortening making the flour very tacky and hard to work with.. If you look at the photo in step 6 you'll still see pieces of almond paste.
      3. You said you added a little flour, if it was a little tacky that's fine. You really need to throughly flour your rolling surface and pin so nothing sticks. I would also recommend using a baking mat instead of the counter, it makes it a lot easier to remove the biscuits and dough in general.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Delete
  3. Very delicious looking - thanks for entering these into Treat Petite!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Staurt that means a lot! Thanks for hosting! :)

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...