I love writing. But when it comes to recipes I like to cut to the chase, I know you came here to bake not to read a novel…
Here’s a few snapshots of how this went down.
After I mixed the dough, and you don’t need pictures of that, I placed a spoonful of flour onto a plate to dust my fingertips to help make these all nice, because they’re gifts… I flattened these just a little as they don’t contain baking powder and don’t really change shape other than to expand a little.
Then, take a wooden spoon, dip it in flour and make your holes being careful not to go all the way through because that will be messy if the jam leaks out the bottom.
Don’t overfill your holes or the jam will run everywhere, unless you like them that way.
And here they are! Try not to eat too many…
I’ll be using these for gifts, well, maybe not this batch …
Homemade gifts say “I’ve given you my time rather than my money”…
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- Preheat oven to 160 degrees celcius and line 2 trays with baking paper
- Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy then add the vanilla followed by the egg mixing well to combine.
- Mix in the flour and leave for 5 minutes to take up some of the moisture.
- Use your fingertips to carefully mould into balls about the size of a large walnut.
- Then take the handle of a wooden spoon, dip it in a little flour and make a hole in the centre but not all the way through to the bottom.
- Place ¼ teaspoon of jam into each hole.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a nice warm golden brown.
- Place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely before eating.