Who says heart-shaped goodies can only be made for Valentine’s Day? Not me!
Actually, these little cakes were made at Christmas-time by Ma Ingalls and were put into Laura and Mary’s stockings. The recipe comes from The Little House Cookbook that I checked out from the library a while back. I really enjoyed reading it, but I wanted to make at least one recipe from it as well. It’s not the exact recipe Ma would have used, but it’s the author’s closest approximation of it.
These were so simple and easy to make, and so yummy. Most of us would probably consider these little cakes (they’re really more like cookies) quite plain and nothing special, but Laura and Mary were thrilled to have their own cake with WHITE sugar and WHITE flour.
I thought they were just lovely. Jay and I shared one with a scoop of ice cream on top. I bet your family would enjoy these heart-shaped cakes too 🙂 Even in the middle of June!
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1/3 cup white sugar, plus extra for dusting
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup chilled lard, plus extra for pan (I used butter)
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425F.
In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, and nutmeg. With cold fingers, rub the cold lard into the dry ingredients until well combined. Make a well in the center, pour in the buttermilk, and stir or use your hands to bring the dough together into a ball that can be rolled out.
Dust rolling surface with flour. Roll the dough out into an 8-inch circle. Cut the circle in half, then the halves into thirds, to produce six equal wedges. Shape each wedge into a heart. I found that a pizza cutter works the best for cutting out the wedges and for shaping them into hearts. Just use the pizza cutter to cut out a triangle in the large end of the wedges and then use your fingers to soften the edges into a heart shape. Easy!
Grease a baking sheet and place hearts on it so they do not touch. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the hearts have puffed up some and are golden brown. Remove from oven, and sprinkle the tops immediately with extra sugar.