It Ain't Too Hard for Me to Jam

Now I realize that when a new year starts you're supposed to flip the switch from indulge to cleanse, but I've been a little reluctant to let go of the month o' carbs. I figured there must be a way to ease off the good stuff without total deprivation.

Enter the Jam Dot.

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Part cookie, part health-food, I find it to be the deliciously perfect compromise! You can even make them with whole wheat or spelt flour and cut back on the sugar for an added health boost.

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images via souvlaki for the soul

Or throw a chocolate chip or two in the center because good chocolate makes everything better (and did you hear, it's a health food too)! I'll let you know how my version turns out.

Happy eating in 2011!

JAM DROPS RECIPE by Souvlaki for the Soul
125g butter, softened
100g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
200g self-raising flour
115g (1/3 cup) strawberry or raspberry jam

Pre heat your oven to 180 deg C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until very light and creamy.

Proceed to sift the flour into the creamed butter mixture and fold everything together until you have a soft but useable dough. If you find it’s sticky add some flour a little at a time until you reach the correct consistency.

Using floured hands shape a teaspoonful of dough into a ball and place on a baking tray a few cms apart. Using your floured index finger pierce the center of each ball to make a well. Spoon half a teaspoon of jam into each biscuit.

Bake in the oven for 15 mins or until the jam drops are nice and golden (shouldn’t be more than 15 mins).

Serve with milk, tea, coffee or eggnog.

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