Valentines’s Day is a family affair for Nessa Robins. Everyone can enjoy these love filled recipes.
While my children treat me to pretty heartbased works of art, I like to repay them with some Valentine-themed treats.
Am I alone in thinking that Valentine’s, as we know it, can sometimes seem like a celebration reserved for courting couples, or at least those without young children?
It appears to be the perfect opportunity for a man, or indeed a lady, to proclaim their feelings of true love. I do believe that if you’re in the early stages of a romance and your good man doesn’t make a bit of an effort on this loved-up day, there’ll never be any hope for romantic endeavours when you’ve three children in tow.
However, Valentine’s for me is another occasion to celebrate together as a family, with my husband and children. I suppose the whole idea of ‘Valentine’s Day’ was Made with love conjured up by a card-making business tycoon, but who doesn’t like receiving a card? And one that is written from the heart is an absolute bonus.
As a busy mother of four children, my Valentine’s Day will be filled with plenty of love and happiness. The children always present me with the most beautiful hand-made cards and inscribed within are the words that will never fail to melt my heart – ‘I love you, Mammy’; for me that’s truly better than any romantic declarations imaginable. I treasure those cards each year and with a sad heart I know that there’ll come a time when those sweet little cards will be no more. So a nice dinner, with a few treats, and the display of hand-drawn love hearts is what I have come to know as Valentine’s.
Jammy Shortbread Love Hearts
- 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 100g ground almonds
- 100g caster sugar
- 200g butter
- 2tsp vanilla extract
- 125g strawberry jam
- 1tsp icing sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ fan 160°C/ gas mark 4. Sieve the flour, ground almonds and sugar into a bowl, rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Dribble in the vanilla extract.
2. Gather the mixture together, turn out on to a floured surface and knead lightly. Divide into two even-sized balls of dough. Roll out to about 7mm thick. Cut into hearts with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
3. Carefully place the biscuits on a baking tray. For half of the biscuits, cut out a small circle, using a small cookie cutter. These will be the top half of the jammy hearts.
4. Bake in the oven for 8–12 minutes, depending on their thickness.. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly on the tray before transferring to a wire rack. Cool completely before assembling.
5. Place a teaspoon of the jam in the centre of the biscuits that haven’t the circles cut out. Place over the top half of the biscuits and press down gently. Dust with a little icing sugar and serve.
Fat 10 g Sat.Fat 5g Carbs 17g Energy 173kcal Protein 2.2g Sodium .06g Sugar 5g Fibre 0.9g
Find more great recipes from Nessa on her blog Nessa’s Family Kitchen
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