Disclaimer: Schwartz have sent me ground cinnamon for review, but all views are my own.
With less than one week to go before Valentine’s day, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to get for your other half. If you’e struggling to think of something then allow me to give you some inspiration – do some baking!
Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than something creative and homemade. Instead of quickly grabbing something from the Valentine’s section in the supermarket, you’ve actually spent time picking out the right ingredients and lovingly making something from scratch. And if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, or you’re currently single, you can just bake a whole batch of biscuits as a treat for yourself!
I’ve been wanting to do some baking with cinnamon for a little while now. It’s my favourite spice; the smell is intoxicating and it’s so sweet and delicious. It’s mainly used around the festive period, but I think it should be used year-round. It’s warm and sweet, which makes it perfect for Valentine’s! So I came up with the idea of cinnamon heart-shaped biscuits with a marble-effect fondant on top.
Ingredients for the biscuits:
350g of plain flour
125g of butter
125g of sugar
4 table spoons of golden syrup
1 teaspoon of Schwartz ground cinnamon (I added a little bit more because I love it so much)
..and for the decoration:
300g of ready-to-roll fondant
Pink, red and black food colouring
Small amount of icing to attach fondant to biscuits
Golden sprinkles (optional but very pretty)
1. Pre-heat the oven to 190c. Start by adding the butter, syrup and sugar to a saucepan and warming on a low heat until the sugar crystals have fully dissolved.
2. In a mixing bowl, sieve together the flour and ground cinnamon.
3. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the warm ingredients to make a smooth dough. You may need to add some milk at this point if the dough is looking a bit dry. Warning: Dough will smell irresistibly of cinnamon at this point but please refrain from eating it!
4. Roll out the dough and use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out your biscuits. Place in the oven and allow to bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly coloured.
5. Once the biscuits are baked, place them on a cooling rack and start preparing the fondant. Split the fondant into three equal portions and place in separate bowls. Add red food colouring to one bowl, pink food colouring to the second and black food colouring to the third.
6. Once coloured, roll all the fondant together. The colours will leak into one another and create a marbled effect. Cut out heart-shapes using the cookie cutters.
7. Use icing to bond the fondant onto each biscuit. Add golden sprinkles if desired.
8. Plate up and enjoy!
These are so easy to make and they look so fancy! The combination of the warm cinnamon and sweet syrup is delicious! I guarantee you will get a lot of great feedback from these.
That’s all for this post! Let me know if you make some, I would love to see your photos! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, whatever you’re up to!