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February 15, 2009

Can you spot the heart shapes?

Can you spot the heart shapes?


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!


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!

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