The fine folks from Dexam know how I get about baking so they asked me if I would like to try their new British Biscuit Cutters. I thought it might be quite interesting to see what I could do with them. So I obviously sat by the letterbox and waited for the postman...hello biscuits!
There's four options available to you, Custard Creams, Jammy Dodgers, Bourbons,and Party Rings, when they arrived I took some time to ponder what I was going to do, I knew one thing though, I didn't want to make the exact biscuits, I wanted to do something different with them.
I started out considering the Party Rings, I started candying some lavender and rose petals I had planned to make a party ring out of shortbread and use the icing sugar to top it with candied lavender and rose petals.
But, there's always a but isn't there. The candying didn't work too well so I went onto another option
Instead I made my own version of Jammy Dodgers, I like to call them Artful Dodgers as they're a bit of a fancy take on the conventional biscuit.
My Artful Dodgers are made from a Scottish shortbread recipe, and are filled with my home made candied blueberry jam, they are ridiculously tasty and super easy to make.
Here's the recipe
200g Plain Flour
50g caster sugar
125g unsalted butter
1.Preheat the oven to 170,
2. Mix the sugar and flour together.
3. Cut up the butter at room temperature and rub it in to the mixture with your thumb and fingers
4. Try not to overwork your mixture, but put it on a floured surface, gently roll it out and cut out your shapes.
5. Split the batch in two and use the heart cutter to create your jam peep-hole.
6. Bake for 14 minutes or until the edges are beginning to brown.
Candied Blueberry Jam
250g fresh blueberries
125g jam sugar
1. Put the blueberries in a non stick saucepan add the sugar and coat the blueberries with it.
2. Increase the heat, and add butter until boiling.
3. Let the boil roll for 5 minutes and then put aside until cooler.
4. Take your jam when it's still warm (but not boiling) and drop a teaspoonful on your lower shortbread, then sandwich the two together.
I hope you try it out, as it works so well, let me know how you get on!