Sweet treats for your sweetheart

Sweet treats for your sweetheart

It may still be January but we’re already looking forward to next month’s biggest holiday: Valentine’s Day. Apart from Christmas, it’s one of the most fun holidays to bake for; there are just so many heart-shaped treats to bake! Whether you’re making breakfast in bed for someone you love or some little treats to give as a special homemade Valentine’s gift, here are a few ideas and recipes to get you inspired for some lovey-dovey baking on February 14th.

A hearty breakfast

You can really go wild with your heart-shaped biscuit cutters at the breakfast table and this hearty breakfast is the perfect way to start the day. Try making heart-shaped toast (don’t waste the cut-offs, use them to make breadcrumbs) and a heart-shaped fried egg… how about a combination of the two, like the one pictured below? Throw a few crispy rashers on the side with some fresh fruit salad and you have a breakfast that definitely screams, “I love you!” Strawberries are a favourite for this holiday, and they’re easy to slice into heart shapes for that extra touch. Since Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year there’s no need to rush breakfast, so why not make some heart-shaped pancakes? Top them off with some strawberries, blueberries and a generous pour of maple syrup.

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(image via: marthastewart.com)

Jam heart biscuits

These jam heart biscuits are a favourite any time of the year, but they’re extra special when given as a gift on Valentine’s Day. Use your favourite sugar cookie recipe, or try this one, and divide your dough into two. One batch should be simple circles and the second batch should be the same size circles, with a small heart shape cut out of the centre. Bake the two types of biscuits following your recipe. While the cookies are cooling, heat some strawberry or raspberry jam in a saucepan over medium heat until reduced and thickened. Then use a small spoon and scoop a bit of jam onto the circle biscuits, making a sandwich with the heart-cut ones. Leave for the jam to set and sprinkle with some icing sugar. How sweet are they?

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(image via: confettidaydreams.com)

Sweetheart Cherry Pastry Pies

Pie is definitely one of the best types of dessert and what’s better than a slice of cherry pie in the middle of winter? A slice of cherry pie that comes in the shape of a heart! Either using a package of pre-made shortcrust pastry or some you’ve made yourself, roll it out and cut out two heart shapes for every pastry pie you’d like to make. On the bottom heart, spoon a bit of ricotta cheese and some chopped fresh cherries (cherry pie filling works too) with a sprinkling of sugar. Then put the second pastry heart on top. Use a fork to seal in the filling and brush the tops with some melted butter. Pop them into the oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 180°C until golden brown.

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(image via: tastykitchen.com)

Katie spent lots of afternoons as a kid learning to bake with her Dad. From tarts to pies, cookies and cakes… Her passion for baking brought her to Cookie Crumbles where she shares her passion with kids at workshops.

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