So, not quite sure how to broach this topic but the latest Alice in Wonderland movie.. was, ahem, sort of, a bit, well, of a let-down. Yup. I loved the girl who played Alice, it looked stunning and Helena Bonham-Carter absolutely rocked as the shouty old Queen.. but overall: meh. Which is a shame as the Disney cartoon is so surreal and twisted and I think, had this been darker, Burton could have equalled or bettered it.
Anyway, enough of my moan. And onto the Jammy-dodgers, which I think the Queen of Hearts would just love. And why not? They’re jolly nice and pretty silly. Easy to make but admittedly WAAAAAY more inconvenient than buying from the shop (let’s skirt round that shall we?) You just need…
*225 g unsalted butter *100g golden caster sugar *225g plain flour *50g ground almonds *dollops of raspberry or starwberry jam
1. Beat the sugar and butter until smooth and creamy. Then add the ground almonds and flour and mix well.
2. Wrap in cling-film and leave in the fridge for at least an hour. Then remove from the fridge and knead until it’s soft enough to shape and roll it.
3. Divide into two even-sized balls and flour your worktop with a bit of extra-plain flour. Roll out the flour and press as many hearts out of the dough as you can.
4. With half of the hearts, simply press out a smaller heart from the centre of the dough. You can either keep the mini-hearts and cook them or reform the dough into a ball and cut more hearts out.
5. Pop the hearts onto a baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven (at 140Oc/120Oc fan) for about 20-30 minutes until golden.
6. Place the biscuits on a tray and leave to cool fully. Place a big blob of jam on the centre of the biscuits without the cut-out bits and then pop the other half on top so the jam splodges out.
I actually got up at 6am this morning so that I could mix and chill the pastry in time to bake them before nipping off to work – so that when my Boss bought in his new baby boy we could all scoff something as we oooh’ed and aaaah’ed. It is worth noting here that they SURVIVED the bike-ride to the office. So not only easy to make, silly to look at and scrummy to scoff…they are bike-able! Ooof. x