Monday, 10 March 2014

Cargo 'Colourworks' heart cookie cutters - Lemon Shortbread biscuits, my first baking post!!!



Cargo Colourworks heart cookie cutters, £4

I was really lucky to be asked to review these heart shaped cookie cutters from Cargo recently and decided it would be a very good opportunity to do my first baking post. Firstly, the cutters are part of Cargo's Colourworks baking collection. The set consists of five brightly coloured shaped cutters varying in sizes 9cm to 5cm in this handy container, ideal for storage. They are dishwasher safe, guaranteed for 5 years and have no sharp dangerous edges, so ideal for children to use. There are four other shape options available in the range including flowers and stars, check out the full collection here.

Once I received the cutters I started a search in my cookbook collection and found the perfect recipe for shortbread biscuits in my always useful 'Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course'. 


Essential baking equipment including scales, rolling pin, mixing bowl & spoon 
Ingredients

Lemon shortbread biscuits

4oz/110g butter of margarine, at room temperature
2oz/50g caster sugar
Lemon essence
6oz/175g plain flour, sifted
extra caster sugar for dusting

Pre-heat oven at 150C/300F or gas mark 2


1. Weigh out the required ingredients.




2. Cream together the butter and caster sugar, then add a few drops of lemon essence and mix in thoroughly.




3. Sift the plain flour into the mixture and stir with a wooden or plastic spoon finally bringing it all together with your hands, (see below).




4. Transfer onto a board or clean worktop that's been lightly dusted with caster sugar, you can also dust the rolling pin if required to prevent sticking.

5. Lightly roll to a 3mm thickness.





6. Now the fun bit! Use the heart shape cutters to cut your biscuits, I varied the cookies by using different sized cutters.

7. Arrange the cookies on a lightly greased baking tray then place on a highish shelf in your oven for 30 mins.




8. When baked, take out oven, dust with caster sugar and allow to cool on a wire rack.


9. When completely cool, store in an airtight container to keep them crisp and crunchy.

These heart shape cutters can be used for so many things including Christmas and Valentine's biscuits that I'm sure kids would love to bake and decorate. You could also create a lovely strawberry shortbread dessert with double cream and strawberries layered on top of a pretty heart shaped shortbread.

I also thought it would be a great idea to make my mum some of these cookies as a Mother's Day treat, adding some really pretty decorations (see below). The larger cutter could be used to create some heart shaped toast for your Mum's Mother's Day breakfast too! 

An ideal Mother's Day gift made with love!

I would love your comments on my first baking post, how useful did you find the pictures and instructions?

Deborah
xxx

16 comments:

  1. I love all colourworks kitchen things, they are all beautiful colours and great quality! My kitchen is filled with all their brightly coloured utensils, weighing scales etc etc!

    The shortbread biscuits look yummy :)

    Ioanna | www.heartsstarsandprettylittlethings.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. This is the first time I've used their products but am very impressed, will definitely be adding to them. The shortbread biscuits have nearly all gone so they must have been good, my lot are very fussy! x

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  2. Pictures and instructions are very useful, Deborah. Great tutorial. The cookies must taste deliciousx

    moonstoneandmay.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much, I always find it easier to follow a recipe if I have pictures to show me how it's supposed to look. Cookies tasted great too! x

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  3. these look so delicious im seriously regretting my decision to give up biscuits for lent! lovely blog btw... id love it if youd check out mine and comment back http://amyelizabethfashion.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/symmetric-geometric-ootd.html xx

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    1. Thank you, I gave up chocolate for lent once, it was sooo hard, I feel your pain! Will definitely check out your blog and leave a comment, it always makes me smile when someone comments on my posts, much appreciated x

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  4. Congratulations on your first baking post! These look lovely. Perfect idea for Mothers' Day!!

    Katie <3

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    1. Thank you as always for your lovely comments, I had great fun going this post although it's a good job you can't see the mess in the background, lol! x

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  5. They look good.

    http://pumpkinemilysmiles.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, they were great fun to bake x

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  6. Those look amazing. I am craving some sweets now.
    xx, Michelle
    http://michelleolthuis.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw, thanks. It was good to have the option of different sized cutters so that when I get that craving for something sweet I can treat myself with one of the smaller cookies :-)

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  7. these turned out so cute.
    i love how you used the different heart-shaped cookie cutters!

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    1. Thank you, I was really pleased with how they turned out, I thought I might have to do a couple of practices first, lol! x

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  8. I can vouch for just how yummy these were!!! Hope there are some left before I get home!
    Yum yum!

    Lisa
    www.topazandmay.com

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    1. Just a few left, I'll save you one :-)

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