Valentines Day is just around the corner!
Here's a couple of recipes to brighten your day and bring a little love in the form of scrummy pizza and some jammie dodgers! Feel good food for sure.
We hope you enjoy them!
Heart Shaped Pizza
- 500g strong white bread flour
- 10g of dried yeast
- 10g of salt
- 325ml of water
- 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/2 tsp mixed herbs
- Salt and pepper
- 2 balls of fresh mozzarella
- 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 30g capers
- 25g parmesan cheese
- 1 handful of fresh basil
- 20ml extra virgin olive oil
Place 100g of flour into a bowl with one teaspoon of yeast and 150ml of water and mix, then leave out on the side for 1 hour to begin fermenting this will help develop the flavour and result in a better-tasting pizza base.
Weigh out the remaining flour, yeast, salt and water and mix all with the fermented flour mixture.
Mix the dough with your hands until you have a softball of dough, then transfer to a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth and stretchy.
Roll the dough into a ball and cover with the mixing bowl, and leave to relax and prove for 30 minutes.
Cut the dough into 4 portions and roll into balls, then roll out into thin pizza base.
Pour the tinned tomatoes through a sieve to remove the water and mix with chopped garlic and mixed herbs to make your pizza sauce.
Before spreading on your pizza base, season the sauce with salt and pepper.
Top your pizza bases with the tomatoes, sliced onion and capers.
Tear the mozzarella cheese up and scatter over the pizza.
Finish with grated parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.
Bake in a preheated oven at 200°c for 8-10 minutes.
Scatter over basil leaves before serving.
- 225g unsalted butter
- 110g caster sugar
- 200g plain flour
- 100 ground almonds
- 150g strawberry jam
- Icing sugar for dusting
Add the butter, sugar, flour and almonds to a food processor and whizz together until the mixture forms a ball.
Using a spatula, remove the dough from the food processor then wrap in cling film, and leave in the fridge for around one hour.
Remove the dough from the fridge and knead until the dough is soft and workable.
Separate the dough in to equal sized balls and roll out on to a floured work surface to a thickness of around 5mm.
Using your cookie cutter cut out as many shapes as possible and place on to a baking tray, making sure you leave enough space in-between them.
Kneed the trimmings together and roll out again to get a few more biscuits out of the dough.
Roll out the second ball of dough and use a cookie cutter to cut the same amount of shapes out. However, now take a smaller circle or heart shaped cutter and place in the centre of each biscuit to cut out a hole, and then place on to a baking tray.
Heat the oven to 140C/ fan 120C/gas 1 and cook the biscuits for around 20-30 minutes until just golden.
Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Once cooled, add a blob of jam to the biscuit without the cut out shape, then place a cut out biscuit on top.
Dust with icing sugar.
Happy Valentines Day!