Meal Type: Biscuit
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 18 biscuits
These buttery sablé biscuit melts in the mouth – they really are delicious! The recipe is an easy one – perfect for children who enjoy baking.
Rub the butter and flour together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs – you can do this in a food processor but take care not to over-process. Add the icing sugar and mix briefly. Add the vanilla extract or paste to the egg yolks and mix together with a fork – add to other ingredients and mix or pulse until the mixture starts to come together.
Tip the dough into a bowl or onto a floured surface and bring together with your hands, kneading very briefly. Wrap and place in the fridge to rest for 20-30 minutes.
On a floured surface, roll the dough out to the thickness of a pound coin. Using the larger of your biscuit cutter, cut out an even number of biscuits. Using the smaller cutter, cut out a heart shape from the centre of half the biscuits. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with silicone paper, leaving a small gap between each biscuit to allow for spreading – you will need to bake the biscuits in batches.
In a 3 or 4 oven Aga range cooker – slide the baking sheet onto the third runners of the baking oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating the tray half way through the baking time.
In a 2 oven Aga range cooker – place the baking sheet onto a grid shelf on the floor of the roasting oven and slide the cold plain shelf onto the second runners. Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotating the tray half way through the baking time.
Biscuits should be lightly golden when ready – leave on the tray for a minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Before sandwiching together, dust the biscuits with the ‘window’ with a little icing sugar. Spread jam onto the flat side of the ‘whole’ biscuits, leaving a slight gap at the edges and carefully place the ‘window’ biscuits on top.
Aga range cooker tips:
- The roasting oven is hottest towards the back left corner – rotate the baking sheet half way through cooking to ensure the biscuits are evenly bronzed.
- Be sure to keep your cold plain shelf in a cool spot, away from your Aga range cooker if possible.
- A seedless jam is traditional for these biscuits and does look most effective but I happen to prefer a seeded jam. You can vary the flavour of jam – try apricot, rhubarb or plum for a change. Lemon curd is delicious too.
- Use any shape of biscuit cutter – circular biscuits with stars cut of the middle look particularly festive at Christmas.
This fun family recipe has been scribed and tested by community member Antonia, who is a hard working mum with two boys. Her recipes are trialed in her much loved Aga range cooker and devoured by her family, allowing Antonia to provide accurate tips and advice on how to make the dishes a success! Go check her work out! She is a country girl, happily surrounded by an excitable Lab, her dear husband, two boys and the Cotswolds.