Monday, 7 April 2014

Melting Moments: Butter Biscuits

I first heard of melting moments on Masterchef Australia. There was this contestant Julia, dubbed the dessert queen , on the show, who made melting moments which became her signature dish. I've wanted to try these cookies ever since and finally I stumbled upon this very simple and easy recipe in my Essential Baking book.
This is a no fuss recipe, with very easy instructions and is super easy to make. Though traditionally melting moments are sandwiched with a butter cream filling, I felt these biscuits were gorgeous on their own and  I skipped making the filling.

These are the very few ingredients you will need to make these little bits of heaven.

250g unsalted butter softened.
40 gms icing sugar
1 tsp vanila extract
185 gms flour
60 gms custard powder. I used Brown and Polson

This recipe makes 30 cookies.

Cream the butter and icing sugar using a electric beater and when it is light and creamy add the vanilla. Finally sift in the flour and custard powder. Bring it together to make a soft dough. Use a spatula and later your hands if you find it easier to form the dough. Though the recipe instructs that you can immediately roll out the biscuits I found it easier to first chill the dough for 30 mins and then make the biscuits

You can chill the roll by shaping it into a log and wrapping it in cling film. Refrigerate for about 30 mins or less, not more. When the dough has chilled, line your baking tray with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Cut the dough using a knife and shape into small rounds. They don't have to be perfectly round. They'll get into a better shape as they bake. Place them a little apart from each other on the baking tray. Butter and dust a fork with flour and use it to flatten them slightly, making a slight indentation, like you see in the picture.

 Bake for 20 mins until they are slightly golden brown. If you can, let them cool a bit on a rack before you devour them, if not pick up a book, put a few biscuits in a bowl and fly away to pleasure one bite at a time.


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