And besides," Adam shrugged, "the view is much better up here. His eyes seemed to bore through Bree's skin and she felt herself blush. She was suddenly filled with the feeling that she might be standing at the edge of something wonderful. Somehow, in those five words, there was a promise of something, the chance for an entire life to be lived if only she took the chance.
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His eyebrows lifted in silent enquiry, his neat white teeth hesitantly nibbled on his lip. Bree could feel the hot beginnings of another blush so she took a moment to compose herself. She looked up at the faint bloom of the moon and the trace of clouds that shifted to reveal an indescribable density of stars. Who knew what those stars had in store for her? I like to imagine that nestled amongst the ' banquet of delicious things to eat and drink ' at the rooftop party there are some warm and sweet heart tarts.
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Weigh out the flour Weigh out the butter. Do this straight from the fridge as the colder the butter the nicer the result.
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Sieve in a rounded tablespoon of icing sugar and mix. This pastry does not require a lot of sugar since the jam provides the sweetness later on. Carefully separate the egg yolk from the white and add the yolk to the flour mixture.
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Add the milk and stir until everything comes together. Then use your hands to knead into a ball. Wrap the ball in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. While you are waiting you can have a quick clear up and prepare for the next step. Pre-heat your oven to degrees.
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After the dough has chilled for a while roll it out on a lightly floured work surface. I always find this dough a pleasure to work with. It rolls beautifully and never cracks or breaks.
Roll it out fairly thin as there is a short cooking time and you want the finished tarts to be crispy and golden. Choose a circular cutter a little larger in diameter than the holes in your baking tin. This recipe provided enough for 12 medium sized round tarts and 24 little love hearts. Pop these in the hot oven for approximately 20 minutes. Be careful when you take them out as the jam is like molten lava!
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Your kitchen should now smell of love :. Put the cooked tarts on a cooling rack and leave them to cool completely. Resist the temptation to test one! When they have cooled you may like to sprinkle a light dusting of icing sugar over the top.
I did this with some and left the others plain. The glass hearts are something I take with me on my author visits. There is a heart theme in my novels after all.
I have around a hundred of them and I've never met a child who doesn't get excited whenever I pull the drawstring pouch out of my case. There is something about the sound of the glass clicking together, the heaviness of the bag and the thrill of finding out what is inside that sends them wild! I like to have a question and answer session at the end of every presentation and I'll use the hearts as little rewards for anyone who has a question to ask me. I'll get the child to put their hand into the bag without peeking and take a heart out.
It starts when a clue inscribed on a Half-Heart Locket leads Bree and her best friends Sandy and Honey to an ancient magical book. With it they can freeze time, fly and shrink to the size of ants. But they soon discover the book has a long history of destruction and death. Bree, Sandy and Honey go on the run—hurtling off city rooftops, down neck-breaking ravines, and through night-black underground tunnels—to keep the book out of his lethal hands.
Little do they know that the greatest danger of all lies ahead, in the heart of his deadly lair…. Can Bree find the courage to face this terrifying evil, and to confront the secrets of her difficult past?