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    Heart-Shaped Pastries

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus chilling
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes, plus cooling
    • Total time: 35 minutes plus cooling and chilling 35 minutes

    Makes: 20 - 24


    • 125g unsalted butter, softened
    • 150g caster sugar, plus extra for dredging
    • 2 egg yolks and 1 egg white
    • 225g plain flour or Italian '00' flour
    • Grated zest of 1 lemon


    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C /gas mark 4 and butter two large baking sheets.
    2. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and beat well. Stir in the flour and the lemon zest. Knead lightly and shape the dough into a ball. Wrap in clingfilm and chill until firm (at least 30 minutes).
    3. Roll out half the dough (keeping the rest refrigerated) on a lightly floured surface to about 5mm thick, then cut out heart shapes with a cutter or by hand. Repeat with the other piece of dough. Brush away any excess flour and place the pastries onto the prepared baking sheets. Beat the egg white lightly with 1 tbsp water, and brush over the pastries, before sprinkling with sugar. Bake for 15 minutes until light brown. Remove from the baking sheets and cool on wire racks.
    4. These will keep for up to a week in an airtight container.

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