When I was younger I had a dolls house. It was not just a standard dolls house where you removed the front and the rooms were a set size. This dolls house was made up of three wooden rooms which were like separate boxes. There was one long rectangular one and two square ones. There were also two triangular shaped pieces and a set of stairs. The advantage of this type of dolls house was that imagination was your only limit, one day it could be a normal detached house with two floors and a sloped roof. The next day it was a space age house on Mars and the day after that it was a garage for all the cars. I had a great collection of miniature furniture that I built up over the years and was always fascinated with the miniature food. I even had some gold plates to serve the food on and the dolls house residents had many a banquet after a hard day adventuring.
Recently Just Miniatures Ltd got in touch with me and asked if I wanted to try some of their products. Just Miniatures supply miniature food products, from mini bottles of wine and spirits, tiny pots of jam, preserves and sauces, small boxes of teas, engraved glasses and personalised miniatures. It seems a great opportunity to indulge my love of miniatures.
Opening the box was like a trip into Wonderland, there was a great selection of miniature products. All small and delicate. A selection of miniature items would make an ideal surprise for someone. I was very pleased to have a little glass that is inscribed with my name and is the perfect size for drinking the miniature bottles from.
Damson liqueur and blackberry wine are ideal drinks for Autumn, full of the flavour of the fruits that is ripe just now. The gin was gorgeous, a lovely taste and scent, perfect for that before dinner tipple. My son was intrigued by the sauces, I think the name Ass Kickin’ Hot Sauce made him think it was a challenge. I am looking forward to trying these when I am feeling adventurous in the kitchen.
I really did love the range of mini jams and preserves. These would make an impressive display on the breakfast table when guests are visiting. They also allow you to ring the changes with your toast in the mornings, a different flavour for every day. The Mrs Bridges jams are lovely, they are filled with flavour.
As it was the weekend I decided I would do some baking and the range of jams gave me an idea. I decided I was going to try and make some jam drops. These are biscuits with jam dropped into them before cooking.
I thought a flower shaped picked out in jam would look pretty. I actually decided to use the lemon curd for the centre of the biscuits rather than jam and this made a lovely combination of flavours. I did have a suspicion that the jam might leak out of the biscuits during cooking but it stayed in place and the end result looked really nice.
These are lovely biscuits and are gorgeous with a cup of tea. They are easy to make, although adding the jam is a bit fiddly. It is well worth making them if you have friends coming over as they look really impressive.
- 125 g butter
- 110 g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 120 g ground almonds
- 150 g plain flour
- Raspberry jam
- Lemon curd
- Preheat the oven to 180C 350F Gas Mark 4
- Line a baking tray with baking parchment
- Mix the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add the vanilla essence and almonds and mix
- Beat in the egg and the flour.
- Knead into a dough and roll into balls and flatten them.
- Place on a baking tray.
- Use the end of wooden spoon to make holes in a flower shape in the biscuits for the jam.
- Place the lemon curd in the hole in the centre.
- Place the raspberry jam round the edges.
- Bake for around 15 minutes until golden.