“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 sweetheart. So, 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!
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
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!