Arnott’s master baker Vanessa Horton has created a heart-shaped Iced VoVo-inspired biscuit this week, so home bakers can make them for Mother’s Day.
Horton commented: “Arnott’s Iced VoVo holds a special place in many Australians’ hearts which led us to this unique twist for Mother’s Day. We hope this recipe inspires people to bake for (or with) the mum in their life this weekend, whether it’s in person or over a virtual video chat.”
Ready to bake some heart-shaped goodies for mum? Here's the recipe:
Iced VoVo Hearts (inspired by Arnott’s Iced VoVo and adapted for home bakers)
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 18 mins
- 180 g unsalted butter softened
- 75 g (1/2 cup) soft icing sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 300 g (2 cups) plain flour
- 1 large egg white
- 200 g (11⁄2 cups) icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp glucose syrup
- 1-2 drops pillar box red colouring
- 1⁄2 cup raspberry jam
- 1⁄2 cup desiccated coconut
Extra baking items
- Heart shaped cutter (optional)
- Piping bag and nozzle (optional)
- Pre-heat fan-forced oven to 160°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, icing sugar, and salt for 2 minutes or until pale and creamy. Sift the flour into the butter mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
- Place half the mixture between baking paper and roll out to approx. 5 mm thickness. Using a 6cm heart shaped cutter, cut out biscuits, transfer to baking sheets. Repeat rolling and cutting heart shapes with remaining mixture, rerolling scrap dough to make more hearts.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes or when biscuits start to turn golden. Leave on the tray to cool.
- Place egg white in a clean mixing bowl and mix on low speed with the whisk attachment until the whites begin to break up. Gradually add the icing sugar, vanilla and glucose, whisking until combined and glossy. If the mixture is too stiff add a teaspoon of water to loosen it up but ensure it isn’t too runny as it will slide off the biscuit. It should form a smooth surface. Add your colour and stir until combined. Cover surface of icing with cling wrap until ready to use to prevent the icing going hard.
- Place a small round tip (we used a No. 2 nozzle) and fill your piping bag 1/3 full of icing. Don’t overfill your bag. Fill another piping bag with raspberry jam.
3. Pipe a jam strip down the centre of the heart biscuit and pipe pink icing around the edges before filling in the remainder of the heart with icing.
4. Sprinkle with coconut. Place iced biscuits in a single layer of an airtight container to set overnight.
- Be very light handed when adding your colour to ensure a soft pink colour.
- If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a snap lock bag and snip the corner off.
- Biscuits can be made into any shape, including the traditional rectangle.
Arnott’s is also celebrating Mother’s Day this year with a $100K giveaway. To enter, head to www.arnotts.com.
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