Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Jammy dodgers!

Hello my lovelies!

I fancied a bit of a more 'technical' bake last week so I went for Jammy Dodgers! When I say technical I mean there are more fiddly stages compared to cupcakes but these actually turned out to be one of my favourite bakes I have ever done. I went for a bit of a change on the traditional heart shaped Jammy Dodger and instead went for a flower center because it is now Spring time. These went down really quickly and my Dad loved them which is a winner! Fancy making them too? Here's how...

225g butter
125g icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 medium egg yolks
300g plain flour
1/4 jar of whatever jam you want to use

A circle cookie cutter (you can choose the size)
A shaped cookie cutter that is quite a bit smaller than the circle (you can pick the shape)

Pre-heat oven to gas mark 5/190C

Step 1: Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until it is pale and fluffy.
Step 2: Add the egg yolks and flour and mix until the dough comes together. Use your hands here if you need to!
Step 3: Wrap your ball of dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for an hour.
Step 4: Once chilled flour a work surface and a rolling pin.
Step 5: Split the dough in half. With one half of the dough roll it out and cut 12 circles out. Get your smaller shaped cutter and cut the shape out of the centre of these circles. Place these on a lined baking tray.
Step 6: Reflour your surface and rolling pin if needed. Roll out the other half of your dough. With this half you only need to cut out the plain circles. Do not cut out the additional shape. Place these on a lined baking tray too.
Step 7: Place these in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Keep an eye on them though because they can go from golden brown to burnt in a matter of minutes!
Step 8: When golden brown take them out of the oven and leave them on the tray for 10 minutes to harden.
Step 9: Once hardened transfer to a wire rack to cool for about 20 minutes.
Step 10: Once cooled add your jam onto the plain circle half. Find a patterned half that is roughly the same size and sandwich them together. Keep doing this until you have used up all of your halves. Lightly dust with some icing sugar as a finishing touch!

Please tweet me a picture @jesstasticsblog if you try and make these! :)

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