Valentines day is nearly upon us once more, people often have mixed feeling about Valentines. I personally feel it is a bit of a Hallmark holiday, and in my house it doesn't tend to be marked with any enthusiasm; a card and a nice meal in the house is plenty. Also our anniversary is on the 10th of March so we tend to save our pennies to do something then.
Like a lot of people money is a little tight at the moment so what says I love you more than a homemade gift? And me being me it had to be baked!
These delectable little shortbread biscuits are a real favourite in my house so I decided to put a valentine spin on it...
Chocolate Covered Shortbread
180g plain flour
120g butter, softened (Must be full fat proper butter)
75g caster sugar
White and Dark Chocolate for Decorating.
I used my kitchenaid for this recipe but you can easily do it by hand.
Beat the butter and sugar together on medium for 3-5 minutes until smooth, try not to overbeat as it can make for a too bubbly/airy biscuit.
Turn the speed down and slowly add the sieved flour, it should form into a dough fairly quickly. So as soon as it is formed stop mixing and turn out onto a floured surface.
I sometimes pop my dough in cling film and refrigerate it for 30 minutes or so before rolling. It is not vital but can make the rolling and cutting part a little easier.
I roll onto a lightly floured surface to the desired thickness, for these biscuits I went for about a 0.5cm thickness but in hindsight a slightly thicker biscuit would of been nicer.
Preheat the oven to 180C and bake these beauties for 15-20 minutes, you want them to colour slightly but not to go too brown.
Once cooled completely I set about decorating. I would normally simple dust with a little caster sugar but as its Valentines I decided to go that extra mile and bathe them in chocolate.
I simply melted some white chocolate and some dark chocolate, dipped the biscuits in the white (things got messy and delicious), then let them dry for a while. Then using a butter knife I drizzled dark chocolate over the top.
These little biscuits were absolutely delicious and I'm even going to take some in to work as a little Valentine treat for the co-workers.
Do you celebrate Valentines day? Do you bake any treats for loved ones?
I'm entering these into February's Teatime Treats hosted by the lovely Kate from What Kate Bakes and Karen from Lavender and Lovage. The rather fitting theme this month is Romance.
Oh and as an aside, how do you like the new look? I would love opinions and feedback...
I have entered this recipe into Mrs M's Recipe Link Party