So, seeing as I started this week's cook with dessert, I though I'd share that recipe first.
The most popular dessert and one of the most traditional when searching online was Napolitaines - presumably from the French influence of the country. A quick read of the recipe and it was clear that everything was already in my pantry to make these so a great start!
The recipe can be found here.
The dough was pretty easy to make, especially if you've made shortbread before. Bear in mind that this shortbread recipe does not contain sugar so you are definitely going to need the jam and icing to make this a sweet treat. It was quite crumbly but the 30mins in the fridge certainly helped with handling the dough.
I didn't have a heart shaped cookie cutter so utilised one of my flower shaped ones. Harrison was less than impressed with the flowers when walking past and got our stegosaurus cutter out so we had a couple of dinosaur shaped creations too.
I lost track with cooking times a bit - I started with the usual 11 minute alarm and then kept adding 5 mins at a time on each check. I was also cooking in batches (this recipe makes a lot) so I'd say cooking time is probably nearer 30mins than 20.
The icing was the biggest challenge on this cook. It's the first time I've ever seen a recipe that requires you to make the icing in a saucepan over heat. Mine did not go to a syrup consistency as described in the recipe so Paul came to save the day by adding more icing sugar. However as soon as we took the icing off the heat it pretty much set immediately. So more water was added and then some quick decorating was required as the icing sets almost instantly. I'd recommend following the recipe and taking the pan off the heat at regular intervals to see how much it thickens.
I also opted for lilac icing....for no reason other than I thought they'd look pretty.
Paul - 9/10 - nice texture and the jam & icing combo made them just sweet enough.
Harrison - 1/10 - shortcake was a disgusting flavour.
April - 10/10 - delicious! My favourite part is the icing.
Danie - 8/10 - nice flavour, melt in your mouth consistency. I need to perfect the icing as that was problematic but still tasted nice.
Guest judge - Charlene. So as it was Charlene's birthday and after our feast I was going round to her house, I took her a cookie to try and she loved it too - giving a verdict of 8/10 - Thanks for taking part Charlene!