So next week is Valentines Day! Are you celebrating Valentines Day this year? Maybe you have some time off next week with the kids and you have time to do some baking? Making these jammy dodgers will provide some fun entertainment for at least half a day, that is for sure. These heart shaped treats would also work great on a Alice in Wonderland themed party!
Valentines Day is just another date in the calendar for me really, but this time I thought it would be a good occasion to finally make these jammy dodgers I have wanted to make for a while. Since we had the Linzer torte at Christmas and New Years, I have had this idea to make a healthier version of jammy dodgers.
For the jam, I made some chia jam from frozen strawberries. As it is the middle of winter now, that is the best way to get berries I find. You boil a sauce of the strawberries, sweeten a bit with honey. The chia seeds add some extra nutritional value to the jam, but they are critical for the texture. When added to a liquid, these tiny seeds generate a gel, this makes the jam thicken without having to add loads of sugar.
If you use quantities in the recipe for the jam, that will give you a an extra pot for other use. Keep it in the fridge for at least a week.
The pasty I used is very similar to the one of the Linzer torte. I had a little play with the cookie cutters, some circles, some hearts and that was all there was to it! As with the Linzer torte these biscuits become better as they get the chance to sit for a while. I made plenty to make sure there are some left for when they are at their best, which is after about 1 week.
So all in all, these are not what you could call ‘really healthy biscuits’ as they still contain quite a lot of sugar. Nevertheless, they are definitely a lot better than shop bought ones because they have:
- wholemeal flour as opposed to white flour
- a big part of the flour is replaced by hazelnuts
- the jam is only a little bit sweetened with honey as opposed to 60 % of refined sugar in most shop bought jams
- the chia seeds bring in some extra nutritional value to them
Conclusion, there is still a fair amount of sugar and calories in these biscuits, but less of it. They contain more fibre and more nutritional value. So if you are planning on indulging anyway, why not enjoy making these chia jammy dodgers with the kids and have the treat a little bit healthier and definitely far richer in flavour as well!
Nutty Jammy Dodgers with Chia Jam
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Take your time and it will be perfect!
- Chia Strawberry Jam
- 600 g of (frozen) strawberries
- 2 heaped tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp honey
- 60 g soft butter
- 100 g demerara sugar
- Grated zest of 1/2 a lemon
- 150 g wholemeal flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 75 g hazelnuts
- 1 eggs (1/2 for brushing the biscuits)
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Make the dough first, it needs to sit in the fridge for half an hour at least.
- Start by grounding the hazelnuts to flour in a food processor.
- Then add the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder and zest. Mix it up all well.
- Now add the soft butter and have of the beaten egg and mix in by hand or in the food processor.
- Start with 2 tablespoons of milk and mix again until the pastry becomes one ball of dough. If it is too dry still, add one more tablespoon of milk.
- Cover with clingy film and place the pastry in the fridge.
- For the jam, bring the strawberries to boil and add the honey.
- Leave to simmer until the strawberries start falling apart.
- Use a masher to break them up further.
- Add the chia seeds and boil while stirring for another minute.
- Leave to cool down and thicken as the gel of the chia seeds form.
- Roll out the pastry with lots of flour, it needs to be very thin.
- Stick out circles for the bottom layer of the biscuits and move the circles to a with baking paper lined baking tray.
- Add a teaspoon of jam on each circle and spread open, stay away from the edges.
- Roll out more dough, stick out the same circles and a little heart in the middle. Take out the heart and move the rings without the heart and place them on top of the with jam spread circles.
- Brush with what is left of the egg.
- For a quicker sandwichy version: cut out bigger heart shapes, spread the first one with jam and add a second one on top, brush with the egg for a shiny finish.
- Bake for 15 minutes on 180 degrees Celcius.
from More Than Just Carrots