Last year sometime myself and Izzy watched an episode of Zingzillas.. In each episode they create a new song which they sing at the end and in this particular episode they sung about cooking in the kitchen. The lyrics go something like “Cooking in the kitchen ..having fun” da di da and for some reason this sentence stuck and quite often when I ask Izzy what she wants to do that day she will say Cook in kitchen? Having fun? Which of course is mega cute. Anyway on the weekend we decided to do a little baking in our pyjamas ( I was still unwell) while Chloe and Dad watched the rugby and we copied an idea which I used to make a long time ago from my Be-Ro book to make stained glass Valentines hearts.
You will need:
225g self raising flour
100g caster sugar
1/2 lemon – grated zest and juice
1 medium egg -beaten
Heart shaped cutters
Preheat oven to gas mark 4. Grease and line your baking trays with baking paper.
Mix flour and sugar and rub in the butter, add lemon zest and juice and most of your egg.
You may not need all the egg just use enough to make a stiff dough.
Roll out your dough and using a heart shaped cutter cut out as many large hearts as you can.
Then using a smaller heart cutter cut out a segment from each heart. Place your large hearts and small hearts on a baking tray and cook for approx 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and place a boiled sweet in the middle of each large heart and bake for a further 5-7 minutes until the sweet has melted. Remove from oven and leave to cool for a few minutes on a wire rack.
For the smaller hearts simply dust with icing sugar and munch away.
You could also use a skewer to place a small hole at top of the large hearts so you can hang with a ribbon. Do this prior to baking.
Would make a cute gift from your children to their Dads to say Happy Valentines and they taste pretty good too!