For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to get into baking. Not just because I love sweet things (or savoury for that matter) but because of the way it can soothe a bad mood.
If you’d like to view other recipes I have in mind, or have already baked for this series please visit my baking recipes Pinterest page.
So here goes, here’s my attempt at making Jam Fancies. The amount of biscuits you make with this recipe will depend on how large and thick you make them:
- 125g softened butter
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 whisked egg
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1/2 cup self raising flour
- 1/2 cup strawberry jam
- Icing sugar to dust
Preheat your oven to 160°C and line 2 trays with baking paper.
Place the butter, caster sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Once this is done add the egg and beat until well combined.
This was my KitchenAid “Madeleine’s” first ever job. I’ve had her for over two months and only just put her on. And yes, my KitchenAid has a name. Madeleine was chosen as it means to create a memory (which is what cooking’s all about), it’s the name of a sponge biscuit (appropriate as she’ll mainly and hopefully help me make sweets) and it’s an actual human name.
Sift both flours over the mixture and stir well until combined.
Form the mixture into two 3cm thick round discs. Enclose each disc in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
I think I may have gone wrong with my thickness here, as you can see these are quite thin.
Roll one disc between two sheets of baking paper until 4mm thick. Repeat with the second disc.
The recipe calls for a 6cm round fluted biscuit cutter to cut 16 rounds of dough. I didn’t have one of these so used one of those discs you use when cooking eggs in the pan (not sure what they’re called). This is why I only got 9 complete biscuits.
Place the cut discs onto the prepared trays.
Using a 1.5cm icing nozzle cut a small round from the centre of the discs.
Bake the discs for 15 – 20 minutes or until light golden and cooked through. Once baked remove them from the oven and leave on the trays for 2 minutes.
After this 2 minutes transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
The feedback I got here from my boyfriend, the baking expert of course, was that they were too brown. I left them in the oven for 18 minutes, so next time I’ll leave them in for less time and see if they then meet his approval.
The discs have now become biscuits. Place them on a flat surface.
Put the jam in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 20 seconds or until jam is warm. Spoon 2 tsp of jam onto each biscuit (or whatever amount looks good).
Dust with icing sugar and eat!
Overall I was kind of happy with this experiment. They tasted good but were a little too thin. So next time I will make them thicker when rolling the dough.
I’m up for some feedback on what I could do better or what fillings I could put in my next attempt. Please feel free to share any comments below.
Edible experiment round one down, what’s next? Stay tuned….