I know you can make macarons (well, not that I’ve ever made them) and lots of fancy biscuits and cakes these days. And I have so many cookbooks with fancy recipes. But what I love to make and love to eat is the simple stuff. Recipes that have the basics that you always have in your fridge and pantry, that don’t take too long and that always get eaten. And jam drops are always a winner in this house.
Mind you we always have a few where the jam is sliding off the biscuit onto that tray and sometimes under the biscuit. But that just adds to the homemade appeal and trust me…hungry little people don’t care. This recipe made 3 trays of biscuits and there were 2 or 3 left by dinner time.
enjoy……………….we certainly did!
- 125g unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
- 1½ cups plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Jam of your choice
- Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add in the egg and mix until well combined. Gradually add sifted flour and baking powder and mix until a dough forms.
- If you have a thermomix then process the butter, sugar and vanilla on speed 5 for 20-30 seconds and scrape down the bowl. Add the egg and process 20 seconds speed 4. Add in flour and baking powder and process for about 30-40 seconds on speed 3 until a dough forms.
- Place small teaspoonfuls of mixture in round balls on lined baking trays.
- Press down gently with a thumbprint and place a small amount of jam in that indent.
- Don't go crazy with the jam.
- Bake in a preheated 160 degree oven for about 15 minutes and don't overcook the biscuit or the jam will change appearance.
- Remove from oven, leave to cool a couple of minutes on the tray before moving to a cooling rack. I like to add in a dash more jam to each biscuit at this point and it makes them look a bit prettier.
- Eat and enjoy.