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“SWEETS FOR MY SWEET, SUGAR FOR MY HONEY”

February 15, 2009

Can you spot the heart shapes?

Can you spot the heart shapes?

SWEETS FOR MY SWEET, SUGAR FOR MY HONEY


The basic dough recipe that I got from the limeandlemon blog is so versatile!!  It’s easy to work with and fun to make!   In  honor of Valentine’s Day I figured I’d make something sweet for my sweetheartSo, I basically took that terrific dough and made it a bit sweeter with a few extra ingredients, made a filling and did my darndest to shape it into hearts.  When I saw this picture, I was going to call them, “bleeding hearts”, but that didn’t sound exactly romantic for Valentine’s Day!!   Anyway, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I think they are quite..ummm…errrr… cute!!!!    (*choke, choke!)

Oh, just make ’em,  your belly will feel beautiful after you eat one!

Ingredients:

for the dough:

2 cups flour,  2 tablespoons sugar,  2 tablespoons brown sugar,  1 teaspoon vanilla,  1/2 teaspoon salt,  1 packet yeast,  1 cup warm water,

2 tablespoons olive oil

1.  Dissolve yeast in water with both sugars.  Let it stand for about 5 minutes or so until it bubbles.

2. In a large bowl, mix the flour with the salt.  Add the yeast mixture and oil and mix well.  Add the water, a little at a time, and mix until dough forms.

3. Put dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it rest until it is double in bulk  ( about 1 – 2 hours ).

for the filling:

1 cup frozen raspberries  ( I’m sure strawberries would be just as good )

1 cup fresh ricotta  ( my new discovery!  but store-bought is fine )  well, yes, I did buy the fresh ricotta in a store!  but, in an Italian deli, not the supermarket

2 tablespoons sugar

4 oz. bar of chocolate, ground   ( I used my mini-processor for this step;  you surely could just use a sharp knife to chop ) I used bittersweet chocolate,      but I’m sure any chocolate of your own preference is fine

Put the defrosted raspberries in a medium bowl.  Add the ricotta, sugar, and chocolate and mix all together until well blended.


for the egg-wash:

1 egg, beaten with about 1 teaspoon water

Method:

After the dough has doubled, cut or pull apart and form into 2″ balls.  Flatten the balls slightly and roll out into a circle about 4″ or 5″ in diameter.

2.  Moisten the edges of the circle with water and place about 1/2 teaspoon filling in the center.  Fold in half, forming a half-circle.

3. Crimp the edges together with your fingers or the tines of a fork.

4. Brush the tops with the egg wash  ( you could tint the wash with a couple drops of red food coloring;   or, do as I did and sprinkle with red sugar)

5. Cover loosely with clean towels and let rise again for about 1/2 hour.

6.  Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Give your sweetie one with a great big hug and kiss!  That always makes things taste great!


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