discovering a simpiler life

discovering a simpiler life

Sunday, 21 September 2014

These melting moments

A few months ago a friend of mine won a voucher for a local bookshop which she very, very generously gave to me :) You might be surprised to learn that I actually only have a small hoard of cookbooks.  The ususal suspects ~ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Guy Grossi, Jamie, Nigella and other superstars, but I do adore my cookbooks from yester year.   My nan gave me her hardly touched copy of Margret Fultons cookery book, with a European section (very fancy for the 60's :) ) so when I went to the bookshop I picked a gorgeous vintage looking book by the Australian Women's Weekly called "Baking Day".  Every page is beautifully styled and just flicking through it and looking at the pictures gives me just as much pleasure as cooking the recipes.

It has so many great old school recipes, how to make an apron and the like and a few pages of etiquette.

One of my favourite's from the etiquette page is this ripper sure to make you smile.
The Kitchen
While it's important to look at home in your natural setting, remain careful to avoid looking unkempt.  Keep a collection of smart aprons pressed and ready to wear.  A half-sized frilly option is best for preparing tea or sandwiches.  A bright pinafore is lovely for baking and having a large butcher's apron on-hand for making pots of jam and the like.  Never fall into the ghastly habit of wearing sleepwear in the kitchen.

I've been slowly making my way through the recipes and made these cute melting moments.
Melting moments
250g butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (80g) icing (confectioners') sugar
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour (all-purpost)
1/2 cup (75g) corn flour (cornstarch)

butter cream
90g butter, softened
3/4 cup (120g) icing (confectioners') sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 160c/325F.  Line oven trays with baking paper.
  2. Beat butter, extract and icing sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Transfer mixture to large bowl.  Stir in sifted flours in two batches.
  3. With floured hands, roll rounded teaspoons of mixture into balls; place about 2.5cm apart on trays.  Flatten slightly with a floured fork.
  4. Bake biscuits about 15 minutes.  Stand 5 minutes before lifting onto wire racks to cool.  
  5. Make butter cream.
  6. Sandwich biscuits with butter cream.  Dust with extra sifted icing sugar before serving (optional).
Butter cream: Beat butter, icing sugar and rind in small bowl with electric mixer until pale and fluffy; beat in juice.

prep + cook time 40 minutes.  Makes 25




Perfect with a pot of tea shared with a friend :)

Ciao, Jan x

6 comments :

  1. They look good Jan, Melting Moments are one of my favourite biscuits especially if you put them into the freezer to get cold....you'll be pleased to know I got the crochet hook and wool out yesterday afternoon to do a little test run on the blanket pattern. I get confused because the patterns are USA or UK and we have a different name for the stitches. I started the row of chains and then a link I found on the attic blog showed single crochet (I think) into the first row of chains. Then I needed the iPad to check the link out and James was using it and was in the middle of learning some magic so I couldn't really spend the time on the web. It's just getting started, I know how to chain, and double crochet etc. it's just getting it all off the ground so to speak. I might pop into the knitting/wool shop to get some help this week. I'll be right once I get going. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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  2. I look forward to seeing some crochet updates Kathy!!

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  3. I can never resist a really good Melting Moment! They're so moreish! :D

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  4. These look super yummy. I've only recently started learning to cook. For some reason I shy away from baking, it just seems so intimidating. I may go ahead and get over my baking apprehension and try making these. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  5. Thanks for sharing the recipe and step by step pics, very helpful and I can't wait to try banking these. I have been looking for a good Melting Moments recipe for Xmas gifts for this year. I have the little boxes ready to be decorated and just need the right recipe!

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