Valentine’s Shortcakes and Pudding Ideas

These delicious heart-shaped shortcakes are so quick and easy to make and are incredibly versatile. 

Ingredients – Makes 14

 175g plain flour

1.5 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

45g butter diced

2 tbsp caster sugar

1 large egg

2-3 tbsp of milk or cream

a spoonful of sieved icing sugar

 Method

1) Preheat the oven to 200C

2) Throw all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until it combines to form a dough

3) Lightly dust your work-surface with flour and roll out the dough to a thickness of 2.5cm

4) Next stamp out hearts, using heart-shape pastry cutters and place on a greased and floured baking sheet. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until baked and golden.

5) Cool on a wire rack, placing a clean tea towel over the top of the shortcake biscuits, to retain a soft, moist and deliciously light texture.

6) Once cooled, dust the biscuits with a light sprinkling of icing sugar and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Pudding Ideas

For those who prefer a light pudding, take two small heart-shaped biscuits, add a dollop of clotted cream on top of each one before placing half a strawberry on each biscuit.  Serve with a few strawberries and fresh mint.

For those who really adore their puddings, make the shortcake recipe using large heart-shape pastry cutters.  Take the first biscuit and smear generously with strawberry jam, top with a good dollop of clotted cream and then place a second biscuit on top and dust with icing sugar.  Serve with a few sliced strawberries and fresh mint!  Enjoy!!!

SHOPPING

If you’re loved one is a really foodie why not send them a beautiful Biscuiteers iced biscuit or tin, or a selection of delicious cupcakes or traybakes, cooked by Stacie Stewart, Master Chef Semi Finalist, at her Beehive Bakery.

If you’re loved one is a keen gardener, The Gluttonous Gardener is jam packed with great ideas.  This year, as a token of my love, I’m giving my man a pair of red flower cargo board shorts from Boden!!

Happy Valentines xxx

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