Friday, 6 February 2015

Fat Friday #28 Gluten Free Raspberry Love Hearts


It's a week and a day until dreaded Valentines day. I'm sure you know how I feel about Valentines day here. Erg, but its a good excuse to bake cute heart shaped things, such as this weeks Fat Friday. We're looking at gluten free raspberry love hearts. You can make them with normal plain flour, but I chose to use gluten free flour to use it up. These are great on there own or served with ice cream or whipped cream as a dessert. The recipe is easy to make so you can make them up to the day before as a surprise for your valentine. Or you can scoff them yourself. Either way!

 
·       100g ground almonds
·       200g Gluten free plain flour (I used Dove brand), sifted
·       80g icing sugar
·       Pinch of salt
·       125g unsalted butter, diced and chilled
·       3 large egg yolks
Raspberry filling:
·       200g fresh raspberries
·       2 teaspoons cornflour
·       3 tablespoons icing sugar, plus a extra for dusting
Equipment:
·       Bowl
·       Sieve
·       Saucepan
·       Heatproof bowl
·       Clingfilm
·       8cm heart cookie cutter
·       Smaller heart cookie cutter
·       Baking sheet lined with baking parchment x 2
·       Rolling pin

Biscuit Method:
1.    Put the almonds, flour, salt and icing sugar into a bowl. Add the butter and rub into the dry ingredients until crumbly.
2.    Add the egg yolks until the mixture forms a dough. Leave in the fridge for 15 minutes.
3.    Roll out the dough until 2mm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out the heart shapes, then use the smaller cutter to cut out the middle.
4.    Gather up the trimmings, re-roll and repeat until no more dough is left. Make 12 hearts and 12 smaller hearts.
5.    Place the hearts on a baking sheet and chill in the fridge for another 15 minutes.
6.    Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Bake for 12 minutes until lightly coloured.
7.    Leave the biscuits on the baking sheets for 10 minutes to cool. Transfer to wire rack.

Filling Method:
1.    Put the raspberries, icing sugar and cornflour in saucepan on a medium heat.
2.    Stir gently until the juices start to run.
3.    Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring until thick.
4.    Pour into a heatproof bowl to cool.

To finish:
1.    Spread the cold raspberry filling over the uncut biscuits, top with an uncut biscuit.
2.    Dust with icing sugar and consume with a loved one or stuff by yourself while watching a tacky rom-com or a horror film each to their own.

If you want to see some more loved up recipes try these:
Anti Valentines Gluten Free Zombie Biscuits
Limoncello truffles
Valentines heart shaped biscuits

Have a great weekend and feel the lurve! 
Bake On! Penny x
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