We ask 10 outstanding food bloggers to share recipes they learnt from the significant mother in their lives. Jody of Six Little Hearts blog recalls wonderful visits to a very special grandmother. “On fine days my grandma would set up a table in her garden with her precious linen, her 1950’s crockery, a pack of playing cards and some needlework, plus a few of her delicious treats” To celebrate Mother’s Day, Jody shares this divine, old fashioned biscuit recipe which holds precious memories from her childhood.
- Baking Tray
- Food Processor or high performance blender
- Measuring cup and spoons
- Cooling rack
- Storage containers
- 170gm of unsalted softened butter
- 1/2 cup of soft icing sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 1/4 cup of cornflour
- 1/3 cup of cherry jam. (I use Bonne Maman Cherry Conserve.)
Makes: 28. Preparation time: Approximately 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
- Add softened butter, icing sugar, vanilla essence, plain flour and cornflour to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse or blend until a smooth dough forms.
- Empty the dough into a mixing bowl and knead slightly with your hands until the dough becomes smooth.
- Place a small dollop of cherry jam into each biscuit’s centre. (Be careful not to overload the wells as the hot jam can overflow during baking.)
- Place the prepared biscuits into the oven and bake for around 15 to 20 minutes until lightly golden.
- When done, allow the biscuits to cool on the tray before transferring them to a wire rack. The hot jam in the centre of each cookie will set firm as the biscuits cool.
- Store the biscuits in an airtight biscuit tin or container. The biscuits are best consumed within 24 hours but these will remain delicious for around 3 days.
You can of course use any conserve or jam as the filling for these biscuits. I chose cherry jam, as again, this is a flavour that reminds me of my childhood. My grandmother grew lots of fruit trees in her yard and made her own conserves regularly. She would have possibly had a filling such as plum jam in her own biscuits, owing to her productive plum trees.