Even when I’m single, I enjoy Valentine’s Day. It’s an excuse to eat lots of chocolate and bake sweet treats like these cherry shortbread hearts. Buttery and crumbly, they’re quick to make if you ensure that they’re 1cm thick and remember to chill them before baking, otherwise they’ll splurge into one giant biscuit in the oven like my first batch did! Without someone special to appreciate them this Valentine’s, they went down a treat with my family and colleagues. Here’s how to make them:
- 125g butter
- 55g caster sugar
- 180g plain flour
- 8 glacier cherries cut into small pieces.
- Preheat the oven to 190°C.
- Beat the butter and sugar together until combined.
- Stir in the flour and cherries until it starts to form a dough.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1cm thick.
- Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out the biscuits and place onto a baking tray lined with parchment.
- Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden-brown.
- Once cooled, dust them with icing sugar.
Ironically, when I was buying the ingredients for these biscuits in M&S, a man stopped me to tell me he couldn’t help but come over because he thought I was “cute” and asked my name. Feeling tense after a stressful week with a streaming cold, a massive spot on my face and in a rush not to miss my train – I bluntly told him he was making me feel uncomfortable. Looking disgruntled he simply turned on his heel and walked off without another word, but what did he expect? Also, I was stood right next to the Valentine’s display holding the heart sweets in the photos so it was quite arrogant of him to assume I was single/would be happy for him to approach me. I surprised myself with my response and felt rude for being so short with him but he did make me feel really uncomfortable and why should I tell a total stranger my name? I know it’s only a silly little thing but it annoys me that some men feel like they have the right to know you just because they like what they see. In the past I would’ve perhaps been more polite and even felt obliged to tell him my name and chat (goodness know how many times I’ve given someone my number because I felt like I couldn’t say no) but I’m fed up of being made to feel uncomfortable and consequently guilty for not giving someone attention when they unreasonably expect if from me.
From social media messages to real-life situations, I’ve experienced quite a few incidents recently where I’ve been made to feel uncomfortable, perhaps partly but not only due to the fact that I’m introverted, by men who feel entitled to my attention and make me feel like I’m in the wrong when I don’t give it to them – not because I have a high opinion of myself but because I’m a private person which means I’m picky about who I let in. Some might think I’m over exaggerating but I don’t know many women who would be happy for a complete randomer to approach them in public asking for their name and I don’t see why I should be made to feel bad for not giving someone attention just because they demand it!
Anyway, rant over. Back to the biscuits – they’re very yummy and a simple last minute present idea for a loved one or for yourself this Valentine’s. Let me know in the comments below if you have a go at baking them or if you have any thoughts on my rant!