Thursday, February 13

Love Struck Jammy Dodgers

Ahhh Valentines Day.
I'm getting in the spirit already!
No, my Valentines Day will not be filled full of shimmering red roses and delicious chocolates, instead it will be choca-blocked with birthday cards and champagne.
(I'm not complaining at all.)



But any special occasion is an excuse to get baking and so I thought I would whip up these heart shaped jammy dodgers as a little treat for my house.
(Especially as three of them have come down with chest infections and are feeling anything but great.)


We all have a favourite biscuit to dunk in our steaming cups of tea.
Custard creams, bourbons, hob nobs... It's a personal matter as far as I'm concerned.
As a child I used to love Jammy Dodgers. The crisp vanilla biscuit sandwiching the gooey jam centre... They never fail to disappoint!

In the spirit of Valentines Day, I decided to go with the 'sweet and goey hearted' vibe to recreate this classic biscuit of my childhood.
A good tablespoon of sweet raspberry jam sandwiched beautifully between two crisp vanilla biscuits, before being delicately drizzed with some sweet icing.

Since they were all gone within an hour, I would say they were a success!

(Plus, I found out that the little hearts that were cut out from the inside were amaaaaazing when baked, smothered in peanut butter and sandwiched with some raspberry jam. It is a peanut butter jelly sandwich to the next level!)



To make your own rather romantic Jammy Dodgers, you will need:

- 250g butter, softened
- 140g icing sugar
- 2tsp vanilla extract or paste
- 1 large egg yolk
- 375g plain flour, sifted
- About half a jar of raspberry/strawberry jam

(Optional extras:)
- 150g icing sugar, mixed with one or two tsp of water for drizzling over the biscuits.


In a large mixing bowl, beat together the icing sugar and butter for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy.


Add in the vanilla extract and the egg yolk before mixing well until evenly combined.


Sift in the flour and mix into a thick, soft dough.
Using your hands, mould the dough into a ball and wrap in cling film.
Slide into the fridge for at least an hour to firm up.



Get your cutters of choice out at the ready, pre heat your oven to 190C/170 fan and lightly flour your work surface.


Roll out the dough to about 2cm thick and using the cutters, start making the shapes of your choice in even numbers.


Slide these onto the baking tray (you'll need to do a few batches), and using a smaller cutter on half of the biscuits, cut out the inside.
(So half of your biscuits are a solid heart and half have the inside missing.)
You can also bake the inside shapes like I did and use them in other ways, e.g. as mini peanut butter jelly sandwiches!


Bake these biscuits in the oven for about 8-10 minutes until lightly golden, don't be tempted to over cook them as they will go hard once out of the oven.
Also, watch them like the hawk because they very, very quickly turn brown.


Smother the solid shaped hearts with a good spoonful of jam and gently press on the cut out hearts, allowing the sweet sugary jam to squidge up through the gap.



Either leave them plain or drizzle with a little icing sugar that has been mixed with water.
 
A simple yet rather romantic little bake. Perfect if you need a last minute gift or are just craving something to dunk in your cup of tea, you gotta' love yourself first after all!
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7 comments

  1. Theses looks so yummy, I can't wait to bake them!

    P.xx
    GreyWalls

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  2. Emily those look so good! Don't think I've ever tried a jammy dodger.. back home in Brazil, my favourite were these chocolate filled squares, or one that had a face biscuit with a strawberry filling. Nothing natural as jam about it though!

    {Teffy's Perks} X

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  3. OMFG these look so perfect, I can't get enough of them!
    AND the fact that you thought to make PBJ with the insides - you literally read my mind!!!
    Ahhhhh pretty please can I come live with you and be your poison tester?
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

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  4. These are amazing!! Plus it's all ingredients I have in the house! YAY!

    Katie <3

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  5. These look absolutely delicious! Definitely gonna have to attempt to bake these x

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  6. Wow! They look delicious and so artistic! If I'd attempted them they'd just be big blobs!! I hope you enjoyed them.
    Angie
    www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk

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  7. These look super yummy. Happy V day x

    debslovescake.blogspot.co.uk

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