You are right Elaine I am not sure why I would expect people to comment on my blog when I do little commenting elsewhere (this partly relates to the logging in and logging out Shenanigans that happens ALL THE TIME (children take note). I also need to chew the cud and think why I have a blog in the first place - if it is for adulation and plaudits then that says more about my sad ego than anything else. If it is for sharing what I make then it should not matter if there are comments or not - it just is and leave it at that. Perhaps I could pick the collective brains a little further and ask if there is blogging netiquette? Part of my disgruntledness comes from finding my entire blog pages lifted and placed elsewhere within someone else's blog. Also (this I thought was pretty odd) someone had written what appears to be a mini interview with me (taken from my flickr profile I think) and used my photographs to illustrate it on their own blog. Is that how it works in blog land - what is mine is yours and vice versa? Oh this modern world (said the old woman shaking her wooden leg...).
Anyway I will shut up now and share these very easy things to make for Valentine's day - cake pops and pie pops (or something like that I think) are popular so the children tell me - here is my version. The other day I defrosted my leftover shortcrust and made these (top frugal tips - freeze all leftovers) little chocolate pies on a lollipop stick. I make shortcrust pastry at least twice a week and all the trimmings, no matter how small, are rolled up and frozen. By the end of the month I usually have enough for a pastry case!!! This time I defrosted just enough for these few pie pops! My take on it is to add a little vintage something for extra specialness!
I thought that bear looked a little cheesed off so then replaced him with a pig...thus....
Pig looked a little more content with the situation! And for goodness sake do not pretend that you don't have any old egg cups - if you really, really don't have any I will send you one
So just roll out pastry cut out hearts or any shape that you like (you don't need a cutter - I often use cereal packets to make shapes)
Note the old rolling pin - you do have to be a bit careful that flakes of old paint don't drop in your food - still it has never done me any harm...Also note that if you do not wait until the pastry is properly defrosted it is a little crumbly - cough, cough.
After cutting out the shapes add in your filling (I used Nutella but other chocolate spreads are available) and place lollipop stick (note - not the plastic type...mistake easily made)
Add the top, crimp round the edges and plop a drop of milk on each one
Don't worry about filling dropping over the side. Nearly forgot to add that you then bake in the oven - I have no idea what temperature, I just turn mine on hot and then turn it down when I feel like it (remember I HATE measuring anything!) I don't even measure time so take them out when they look about right.
PS Could I please ask that these photos are not posted elsewhere - I was saddened to see that despite my request on Flickr my 1950s purse thingy was on Pinterest within few hours of my posting it....Please drop me a line first.