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Monday, 10 February 2014

Love Sweet Love

At long last, after a year of neglect, it's time to get some love back and some regular posts on this blog.

If you’re still reading, then a sincere thank you and if you’re new here, thanks for stopping by. 2013 was a year when our energies were mainly focussed on welcoming our second beautiful daughter to our family and this world and trying to find some balance with Chris's main job involving a lot of time away. We also started a new chapter of our food adventure creating premium ready meals for your convenience (more on that soon) and big things are on the horizon for 2014, so stick with us. Please, please leave a comment below too as it's always great to know you're there and far more personal and pleasing than looking at google stats!

It's not exactly the beginning of the new year anymore but there's still time to committ to something new for the year ahead and one of the things I added to my personal to do list was to contine to bake regualrly with E. So far we've made post-Christmas gingerbread and these Valentine's Sugar Cookies.

You can find the original recipe here. They're very sweet and delicious. If you're baking with a toddler, I'd recommend pre-baking a batch as E wasn't keen to wait for the dough to chill (30 minutes is enough) or for the baked biscuits to cool pre-icing. Thankfully baking takes just 6-8 minutes and I managed to hold her attention for that. Phew. And, A slept just long enough for us to scoff a cookie or two gleefully...

You will need:

450g flour
225g softened butter
225g caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla paste
1 tsp baking powder
A splash of water
A pinch of salt

Then follow this easy step by step:

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.


Add the egg, water...


...and vanilla.


Mix until combined.


Add the flour, baking powder and salt.

Combine to a dough. Divide into two batches, wrap each in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes- 1 hour. 30 minutes is enough (with or without an impatient toddler). Pre heat the oven to 190'C while the dough chills. Grease baking trays and gather your cutters. Flour a work surface.

Roll out dough to about 5mm thick or as desired. Cut into hearts and bake for 6-8 minutes until the edges are just beginning to brown.

Allow cookies to cool for at least five minutes (while your toddler attempts to eat as many cookies as possible as you are slightly disabled mixing food colouring into icing sugar). Make a simple icing and decorate.

Sprinkle randomly.


Eat hurriedly with a smile.

I hope this is the only kind of broken heart she ever knows. Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. sounds very simple yet delicious. I've been reading along since 2010 or so but never commented so I thought I'd say hi this time!

    1. Thank you for reading and leaving us a hello. It made us smile. x

  2. We're still reading and loving! If it isn't the only broken heart E ever experiences we'll be at the front of the queue to sort him out! Excitedly waiting for the April issue of Beautiful Kitchens so that we can have a fresh dose of kitchen envy! Hopefully speak to you tonight. Love xxx


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