I wrote this post intending to post on Valentine's Day, but then I left it too late. My past few days have been hectic. Friday morning we were woken up by a frantic call from home (Malaysia) with the news that our grandmother had passed away in the night. Twelve hours later, after rushing to get our passports renewed (Galvy's and mine had expired in December, turns out you can do anything for a fee, we got ours done in bout 5 hours), flights booked and bags packed, we were boarding a flight to KL, crying and confused. It was so surreal. So I'm here now with all my family - it's the first time in nearly ten years that all six of us cousins have been home together. Anyway, more on that later - here is the delayed Vday post.
Happy Valentine's Day!
When I was in school, I once made Caitlin an anti-Valentine's Day card that I thought was hilarious. I can't remember exactly what it was but I know it had a lot of black in it, and when I gave it to her she was very, very, very mad.
I had to make her a new card and explain my temporary cynicism and include an elaborate apology to make up for it. I'm not sure why I did it, except that I thought it was so funny and creative before I gave it to her. I have nothing against February the 14th except for the fact that everyone not in a relationship seems to climb right onto the edge of their temper and tolerance scale and perch there precariously all day. This makes me upset because I don't think just an ordinary Thursday should have the power to make people feel this way. ): but anyway, it is what it is I suppose.
I made these thumbprint cookies/jam drops for a picnic I'm going to have with Milo. I've been thinking about them for ages now, and thought this would be one occasion that I could trick him into eating sugar and he couldn't complain (: They are deliciously crumbly and melt in your mouth, and when you eat them warm from the oven, the jam is heavenly. I urge you to get in the kitchen now and make these. Please.
You can use whatever jam you would like to fill these cookies. All the homemade jam had been demolished, but luckily we had this jar in the fridge.
250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste, or one vanilla bean, scraped
1/2 cup pure icing sugar, sifted
2 cups plain flour
1/3 cup cornflour
1/2 cup jam
Preheat oven to 180 C and line two baking trays with paper.
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Sift in the flours and fold gently until incorporated.
Roll heaped tablespoons into small balls and place on the trays. The dough doesn't expand much but make sure there's room in between the balls.
Using your thumb, make a small indent in the dough.
Fill with jam. Don't overfill or the jam will spill out of its well.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve warm or cooled, either way is delicious.
I also made these mugs for my beautiful friends to remind them that they are special and loved (: I used a red Sharpie and then baked the mugs at 200C for 30 minutes.
Please make these! They are so divine (: and as always, let me know if you do or just say hello in the comments! (:
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