Although making biscuits is what we do every day, we still love spending a bit of family time making them too. It can be as complicated or simple as you can face, and this weekend we decided to try 'simple, yet impressive" for our family Valentine's baking extravaganza!
So these are very straight-forward, require no cooking (but there is chocolate melting so you will need to supervise this part) and you can be as creative as you like.
pink wafer biscuits
red candy melts (you can buy these from lots of places including Hobbycraft, Lakeland, cake decorating shops and online)
sprinkles and sugar decorations (we used some supermarket sprinkles and dried raspberry pieces from Waitrose, but if you are going full Valentines, you could order heart sprinkles like these from the amazing Shire Bakery)
and you will need:-
a small saucepan
a glass bowl(s)
a sharp knife
1) Melt your white chocolate. The trick is to melt it slowly in a glass/heatproof bowl over some gently simmering water. (For the cookery buff's, this is called a Bain Marie). Make sure that your water is simmering gently, that the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water and that no water gets into the bowl with the chocolate. You need the steam to gently melt the chocolate until it is lovely, smooth and all melted.
2) Take your bowl off the heat and put it onto a folded tea towel to give it some stability. Place your greaseproof paper onto a chopping board, or plate so you have somewhere to place your wafers once they are dipped, and then melt a handful of candy melts (either using the same Bain Marie method and a clean bowl, or very gently in the microwave - there are instructions on the packet.)
3) Take one wafer at a time and dip half of it into the melted white chocolate. You might need to use a teaspoon to help the chocolate cover some of the sides of the wafer. Once you are happy with the coating of chocolate, place the wafer onto the greaseproof paper.
4) Use a teaspoon to drizzle the melted candy melts over the white chocolate-coated parts off the wafer biscuits. If you hold the teaspoon above the dipped wafers and gently shake it back and forth, you should get a bit of drizzle across each one. Remember, this is about having fun, not creating a perfect drizzle!
5) Sprinkle your chosen toppings - dried raspberry, hundreds and thousands or heart sprinkles.....and again, perfection is not required here, but fun is!
6) Leave somewhere cool to harden/set, and then store in an airtight jar, or package into cellophane bags with pretty ribbons ready to present to your Valentine!
7) Enjoy and please tag us @enchantingbakes to show us how you got on!
Happy Valentine's Day,