Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jammy Almond Melts

These biscuits certainly lived up to their billing...they literally melt in the mouth and due to the copious amounts of butter they tasted divine...a little bit like really soft shortbread!
The dough for these biscuits was easy to make but it was extremely soft as there's a whole block of butter in them, so when it came to rolling out, it was really difficult. My advice would be to roll out as quickly as possible. Due to the excessive softness, some of my biscuits spread during baking...in order to avoid this it is advised to put the baking tray back into the fridge once the biscuits have been cut out. This allows them to firm up again before going straight into the oven.

Kids will love these biscuits, and they'd make a lovely little treat for anyone with a sweet tooth! :-)




225g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
200g plain flour
100g gound almonds
Pinch of salt
55g jam - either strawberry or raspberry

Preheat the oven to 150c/130c fan/gas 2. Prepare 2 baking sheets, grease and line. I used a reusable silicone baking mat. Using your electric whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until it becomes pale in colour and nice and fluffy. Then sift in the flour and add the ground almonds and salt, you should then be able to bring it together in a dough with your hands.

The ball of dough can then be wrapped in cling film and fridge for two hours. After chilling, the dough can be rolled out to about half a centimetre thick.  Take a heart shaped cutter and cut out as many biscuits you can out of the dough. Then cut smaller heart shapes in the centre of half the biscuits...these will make the tops.

The biscuits should bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden. They should then be left to cool on a wire rack before spreading jam on the bottom biscuits without the small heart cut out. Finally, place the cut out heart on top and sandwich together. To present your biscuits, dust the tops with icing sugar. However, to prevent the jam from being covered with icing sugar, cover it over with a small bit of baking paper.


* Adapted from Love Baking Magazine

11 comments:

  1. Ooh these are adorable and look like posh Jammie Dodgers (which is never a bad thing!) I love the combination of almonds and raspberry.

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  2. Very sweet! A lot of butter, but some really benefit from a lot of butter!

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  3. Awwww so cute and utterly sweet heaven :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  4. These are so SWEET! Love raspberry & almond combo! :)

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  5. I love a good buttery biscuit as they do literally melt in the mouth. These look so wonderful, love the heart shape idea :))

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  6. These are almost too beautiful to eat!

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  7. I will definitely bake these for my loved ones!

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  8. I can imagine how delicious these must be. And they look lovely too.

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  9. That is a lot of butter.... but I bet that made them taste amazing! I don't think I could stop at just one biscuit;)

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