Short bread hearts by Elley our resident cook

short bread hearts

Short bread hearts by Elley our resident cook

125g/4oz best dark chocolate

125g/4oz white chocolate

125g/4oz organic butter

60g/2oz caster sugar

185g/6oz plain flour

½ tsp ground ginger

METHOD

1. Put the dark and white chocolate into separate bowls and place them on the back of the Aga to melt.

2. soften the butter, too, by leaving it on the Aga for a while.

3. beat together the butter and sugar and then stir in the flour and ginger to form a smooth paste.

4. Flour your work surface and then roll out the paste gently until it’s about 0.5cm thick (you can leave the paste thicker if you prefer fewer, chunkier biscuits; just remember to bake them for a little longer).

5. Using a heart-shaped cutter cut out as many biscuits as you can; roll out again until all the paste has been used.

6. Place hearts on a large baking sheet covered in bake-o-Glide or baking parchment and bake in the baking oven for 12-15 minutes. For a two-oven Aga, put it on the lowest set of runners with cold plain shelf above. If using a conventional oven bake at 190ºC until pale golden brown.

7. remove and allow to cool completely.

8. Clean bake-o-Glide and re-use it on the baking tray. this time it needs to go in the fridge.

9. In addition, dip the bottom half of the cooled biscuits in the melted dark chocolate and lay flat on the bake-o-Glide. Pop into fridge and leave until set hard.

10. repeat the process with the melted white chocolate – you could do two the way to a man’s heart may be via his stomach but this month our Aga expert will be sending Elley’s Chocolate Shortbread Hearts to all her nearest and dearest – even saving a box or two of these delicious biscuits to treat herself! Photo: © Photopia www.photopiaphotography.co.uk separate halves or overlap the chocolate – experiment and have fun.

11. Finally, wrap up with tender love and give to your beloved (or eat the lot yourself in front of a soppy film). •

Remember to check Aga Twyford’s website (www.twyford-cookers.com) for plenty more recipes and blogs. Also, if you are struggling to master your Aga, one-to-one sessions are available with Elley in Twyford Cookers’ showroom. Arrive hungry…