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Valentine’s Day Biscuits.

February 14, 2012

It’s Valentine’s Day so we have to make heart shaped biscuits (the way to a man’s heart is not with a steak/stake in this house) and decorate them with hundreds and thousands and Love Hearts – many of which had strangely inappropriate messages inscribed on them (ie “text me” text me? On a love heart? What is the world coming to?).  Apparently you can get personalised Love Hearts, but I think it’s only the wrappers. Shame.

Arlo selected the best and ate the rest. I took a photo and then we delivered some biscuits (just before tea – good timing) to Liz, Al, Iona and Henry who are staying with Grannie for the week.

Later I looked at the photo. Blurry. Well it was dusk and I didn’t use a flash. “That’s not a very good picture”, Arlo said “They’re much better in real life”. I fleetingly thought about posting another “regret” picture, but there’s only so many times you can use the same story. So I decided to take Damon’s advice and Photoshop it – I’ve only got elements and version 5 at that, and I’ve only used it for cropping pictures and adding text (I can’t get beyond photo manipulation being cheating, especially when the material is this poor to begin with). But needs must. The photo now has an odd 3D look to it, but it’s much less blurry – so success of a kind.

Biscuits: Rub 4oz butter into 6oz plan flour until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Finely grate the zest of a lemon and add to the mixture along with 2oz icing sugar. Mix well and add a tablespoon (or two) of water to combine the mixture. Set aside for a while to rest – have a cup of tea and grease a couple of baking trays. Roll the dough out thinly and cut into shapes (it makes about 30 small biscuits); bake for about 10 minutes in a hottish oven. Mix two teaspoons of lemon juice and one of water with enough icing sugar to make a spreadable icing, dollop on the still warm biscuits and sprinkle with hundreds and thousands and inappropriately messaged sweets.

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