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Thursday, October 04, 2007

A heart for French Provincial

Let me put it on the record. Here at The Trad Pad we love things French Provincial. This means that Herself and Miss Eagle take a regular fix by visiting Provincial Home Living at Nunawading on a regular basis. Now, what I would really love to purchase there is their large bookcase, the one with the ladder. Ho, hum. Not on the financial or space agenda here at The Trad Pad. But, I usually walk away with a tidbit or two. Herself had to have a bird cage (only ornamental birds at The Trad Pad) and a pair of golden mesh food covers. Miss Eagle came away with a set of three heart-shaped biscuit cutters in their own metal case, some new tea-towels, and three little white hens with which something interesting needs to be done. As you can see below, as if I needed another biscuit cutter. So, I had to bake something that would justify a graduate set of hearts. Using the small and large cutters, I made biscuit pairs with pink icing in the middle and on top and multi-coloured cachous. Won't make them too often because the icing makes them s-o-o sweet. You virtually have to eat them like cakes by slicing them up into smaller pieces! But the biscuit pastry is lovely and the recipe is below. Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups of butter or margarine
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 4 cups of plain/all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius or 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Thoroughly cream butter and sugar
  • Add egg, milk, vanilla and almond extract
  • Beat well
  • Stir together flour and baking powder
  • Gradually add the creamed mixture, mixing to make a smooth dough.
  • Roll out
  • Cut into shapes
  • Bake for 6 to 8 minutes
  • Cool on rack
  • Ice


Val said...

Must check out Provincial Home Living one day, haven't been there before. Loved the story about the Tim Tams in a previous post.

Fun catching up with blog reading...

Miss Eagle said...

Good to hear from you Val. Look forward to seeing you soon and hearing about Albury and handmade books first hand.

Blessings and bliss

Cakelaw said...

These biscuits are so cute! Thanks for re-introducing me to Amy Schauer's cookery books through your blog - my grandmother and mother owned some, and I now own two myself.