My mom made this easy Heart-Shaped Biscuits and Borscht for my dad a few years ago, and I’m totally ripping the idea straight from her. (Thanks Mom!)
It covers several must-haves for Valentine’s Day: something red, something heart-shaped, and of course food.
For the biscuits, you’ll need:
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- dash of sea salt
- 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
- 1 cup of milk
- pastry cutter/blender
- pastry brush
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- mixing bowl
- heart-shaped cookie cutter
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Cut butter into pieces and work into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter.
Add in milk a bit at a time while working the dough – just enough so it comes together. You don’t want to over-work it or the biscuits will turn out like a puck instead of nice and fluffy.
Place on a lightly-floured surface and roll out to a 1/2 inch thick.
Use your heart-shaped cutter to shape your biscuits.
Take a pastry brush to paint a bit more butter onto the front of your biscuits to give them that golden-brown glaze.
Bake for 12-14 minutes.
You can stop at making just the biscuits, or go all the way and whip up this amazing Borscht. I enjoy this classic Ukrainian dish year-round, but it’s an especially lovely comfort food on Valentine’s Day when it’s still a little chilly outside. As mentioned, this is my mom’s recipe…and it’s the best!
For Mama Skelton’s Borscht, you’ll need:
- 8-10 beets
- One large onion
- 1/2 head of thinly-sliced cabbage
- 1 large can of diced tomatoes
- Two tbsp sugar
- Four potatoes – grated
- Four carrots – grated
- 3 cans of pork and beans
- 6 cups of beef broth
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- 1 cup of dill – finely chopped
Cook unpeeled beets in a large pot of water, then let them cool. (You can do this a day ahead of time if you like.)
Put chopped onion, potatoes, cabbage and carrots in a large stock pot. Cover with water and boil until tender.
Peel the cooked beets, then grate them. Add the grated beets to the rest of the vegetables and simmer for a few minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for another 1/2 hour.
There you have it! Your tummy is full and hopefully your heart is too. Awwwwww….