It is that time of year again friends! Love is in the air…
I can’t help but get sweeped up with all this Valentine’s Day nonsense. I mean, have you seen what the shops and malls looks like! Cray cray!
Nevertheless, I do have something up my sleeve for hubby and I, and hopefully if all works out well, we shall too take advantage of the Valentine’s Day craze and indulge in a romantic weekend away.
Anyway, if you however don’t have “going away plans” set up for your lover, why not treat him (or her) to these easy and delicious South African treats, called Lepelsteeltjies.
I guess you can also call them Cheese and Jam Thumbprints if you are not familiar with this local cocktail bite.
This is one of those age old recipes that have seen its way through a long and tedious “groot trek”, to church bazaar tables and on the shelves of “tuisnywerhede”.
To say it plainly; it is a delicious savoury cheese biscuit, baked with a hole in the centre and filled with sweet jam. Normally served as a teatime treat, it is neither sweet nor savoury – but one of those clever combinations, like eating biltong and chocolate. Yes, I do that…
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius; prepare a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray. Makes about 3 – 4 dozen bites (depending on size of ball)
Now, the idea is to surprise your loved one. I say, tonight, make a batch of these and sneak it into his lunchbox with a little note declaring how much you love him and with how much love you made this treat… It’s not diamonds or fast cars – but it sure does make the old heart miss a beat… Happy Valentines everyone!
|Prep Time||10 min|
|Cook Time||15 min|
- 500 ml flour
- 2 ml salt
- 3 ml baking powder
- 250 gr cheddar cheese finely grated
- 250 gr butter room temperature
- 225 gr jam any flavor you like
- In a mixing bowl, sieve the flour, salt and baking powder.
- Add the cheese and mix.
- Lastly add the butter, and mix through with your hands until you have manageable dough.
- Roll small balls, gently put it in the muffin tins, and press a hole in the middle with the back of the wooden spoon.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius until it starts to change to a light golden colour.
- Remove, let cool, and use an icing press to gently squeeze jam in the hole. Or you can use a teaspoon if you like to make a mess…