Thursday, February 16, 2017

546/1038 - Honey and sesame rings (well, hearts...)

Valentine's Day is just not a big thing in my household. For the many, many years my husband and I have been together, we have largely kept February 14th unromantic and uneventful. 

This year I decided to change things up a bit; perhaps because we have a special wedding anniversary coming up or perhaps because I am finally getting a bit mushy in my older years. Whatever the reason, Tuesday night's dinner was overwhelmingly heart inspired. 

The star of our main meal was to be a pie, filled with the meaty leftovers from the previous night. Given my husband's love of homemade pastry (and the fabulous flavour of our leftovers!), I knew this would be an enormous hit. It was as I was laying the pastry that I got the idea to mould it into a heart shape, using a heart shaped biscuit cutter wedged into the top of the pie and two ceramic spoons at the base. The result was wonky but effective.

Dessert was somewhat more spectacular. As I was trawling for an appropriately romantic dessert recipe, I was thrilled to discover these rings which I knew would be easily crafted into hearts. I was amused as my youngest, also known as our resident dough thief, ate a piece of the dough and exclaimed, "Mum, this is a bit heavy on the honey."

"It's OK", I told him. "It's not to make bread, it's for honey biscuits."

"Yes, but I am just letting you know that the honey flavour is very strong."

Thanks mate, got it.

The creation of the first tray load of biscuit hearts was successful, if a bit sticky. Thinking I was improving the process, I rolled the second half in a dash of flour to reduce the stickiness, which worked beautifully, but unfortunately meant that the sesame seeds did not have a chance of adhering. Live and learn!

Thankfully both versions (seed and no seed) were delicious x

My slightly weird looking heart pie


  1. I have been following your blog for a number of years with great enjoyment. And am always impatiently waiting for your next post. Every post reawakens my enthusiasm for Stephanie's Cook's Companion and I find myself 'looking up' the recipes you feature. Am now feeling compelled to bake these honey and sesame rings/hearts, a recipe I would probably have overlooked. You illuminate the Cook's Companion through your stories and cooking, and I just wanted to thank you for the joy and brightness you bring.

  2. What an absolutely beautiful comment! This has just made my day. Thank you so very much for being a part of this crazy, fun journey. Please do let me know if you make this recipe, I would love to hear what you think xxx