Saturday, August 25, 2012

Melting Moments

When I set up shop at the markets again this year, I decided a couple of different things on the table would help pique the interest of the Double Bay shoppers. I added gingerbread men for the kids and decided Melting Moments were a great option for mums to have with their coffee.

I had tried out the recipe a few weeks before and my husband and I found them irrestible. The fat buttery biscuits with a gorgeous dob of lemony frosting in the middle. And they didn't take that long to make either, which as I found, was extremely important on production day.

These biscuits are a classic in Australia. And I had customers who live in the USA saying they couldn't get them there. Well now you can just make your own.

250g salt reduced butter
1.5 cups plain flour
1/2 cup pure icing sugar (powdered sugar)
2/3 cup corn flour
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Line a large baking tray with bakiing paper and set aside.
2. Combine the butter, icing sugar, flour, corn flour and lemon zest in the bowl of your Kitchenaid. The butter must be at room temperature for this to work. Using the paddle beater mix on first gear until the mixture forms a dough. There will be a point where you think it's not going to work and you need to add liquid of some kind. Do not be tempted! Just let it mix and it will come together.
3. Form teaspoonfuls of the mixture into small balls and place evenly across the baking sheet. Try to get 20 balls onto the sheet - you should still have half the mixture left. I use my small icecream scoop to make these balls. It means every biscuit is almost exactly the same size.
4. Use a fork to press each ball down into a disc. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the bottoms are very light golden brown. Do not over cook! These biscuits are meant to be blonde.
5. Repeat with the remaining mixture. You want to have 40 pieces in total.
6. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

90g salt reduced butter
1.5 cups icing sugar
3 tsp lemon juice

1. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of your Kitchenaid and mix on sixth gear until thoroughly combined. Continue beating for one minute so that the frosting is nicely whipped.

1. Fit a plastic piping bage with a 1cm star piping tube. Don't even try to use the old fabric piping bags. The water from the butter will squeeze right through and leave your hands feeling horrible.
2. Squeeze a small amout of frosting onto 20 of the biscuits the sandwich a second biscuit on top of each one. Try to match shapes and sizes (even though you've made them all perfectly identical.
3. Allow to set for 30 minutes, then scoff!

Makes 20 biscuits which keep for a week in an airtight container.

More big cakes

Well it seems every time I go to the markets I get less blogging done. Which is surprising because I am always cooking until I virtually drop. I came out of the corporate for a while again this year and decided to go back to market with my cupcakes. It's been an awesome time, and in between I've had some cool big cake jobs which I thought you'd like to see.

This is The Batman Cake. Aka The Dark Knight Rises Cakes. It was made for a former colleague whose son was turning 21. It was an awesome pleasure making this cake because it really struck the right mood for the last Batman movie. The photo doesn't really show how cool the colour of the cake was - a mixture of cyan, grey and black icing.

I made this cake for my little boy's third birthday. Despite his love of robots and cars he insisted that he wanted a duck cake. I had to make sure the duck design wasn't twee - otherwise it would have looked quite babyish. The interior of both the cake and the barn is chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. I had the same interior for the Batman cake.

This is Dorothy the Dinosaur. I made her for a little girl who was having two birthday parties and two cakes. Her mum wanted to be able to put Dorothy on one cake then transfer her to the other. Dorothy is made entirely of fondant, which I think I was lucky to get away with. Next time I will take a leaf out of Planet Cake's book and make the middle of the figurine out of caramel fudge.