2 fun baking ideas for Valentine’s Day

Show your family some love this Valentine’s Day with these delicious treats.

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Have some fun in the kitchen with your kids this Valentine’s Day. They’ll love creating these special treats.

Heart shaped biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 180ml castor sugar
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 10ml vanilla essence
  • 450ml Sasko Cake Flour

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy, add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Sift in flour and mix to form a stiff dough. More flour can be added if the mixture seems too soft.
  4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and use a 7cm heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out biscuits, and then bake as above.
  5. While the biscuits are cooling, melt 100g each of white and milk chocolate separately in the microwave for two minutes on medium.
  6. Pipe lines of chocolate across the hearts.
  7. Allow to set, then decorate with silver balls or sprinkles, or as your heart desires.

For a royal icing:

  1. Whisk 25ml lemon juice and 500ml sifted icing sugar.
  2. Divide between your chosen food colourings, pipe or spread onto the biscuits and decorate.

Heart Shaped Biscuits

Pie pops

*Makes 20

Ingredients:

  • 200g Sasko Cake Flour
  • 50g castor sugar
  • 100g butter, cut into squares
  • 100ml cold water

Pie filling:

  • 1 ½ cups chopped pears
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg whisked
  • Castor sugar to glaze
  • 20 cake pop sticks

Method:

  1. Put the flour, sugar and butter into a bowl and rub through until a breadcrumb like consistency is formed.
  2. Add the water and use a knife to cut the water into the flour until the pastry comes together to form a ball.
  3. Alternatively place the flour, sugar and butter into a food processor and blitz until a breadcrumb like consistency is formed. Add the water and blitz until the pastry comes together to form a ball.
  4. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile put the chopped pears, sugar, water and cinnamon into a saucepan and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the pears have softened and the water has reduced to a thick syrup.
  6. Set aside to cool.
  7. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease and line two baking trays.
  8. Roll your dough out on a floured surface to a thickness of approximately 2-3mm.
  9. Cut 40 of the same shapes using a cookie cutter, (circles and hearts work well).
  10. Place 20 of the circles/heart shapes onto the baking paper with a space between each.
  11. Press the sticks gently into the pastry and top with about ½ tsp of the pear mixture, leaving space around the border of the pastry.
  12. Smear a little water onto the remaining pastry shapes and seal the pies together. Use a fork to press the edges together, ensuring there are no gaps.
  13. Brush with a little egg and sprinkle over castor sugar.
  14. Bake in the oven for approximately 16-18 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
  15. Allow the pie pops to cool completely before serving.

Tip: You can also fill the pie pops with pieces of chocolate like Bar One or Snickers

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