Thursday, April 12, 2007

Melting Moments

For the past three weeks, we have been entertaining one relative or another from Singapore. The house has been busier and noisier than usual, but ‘it’s all good’. My Girls are particularly happy spending time with their pretty 19 year old cousin, ‘Sheryl’ who’s been here for about 3 weeks. She’s leaving to go back to Singapore tomorrow, and she will be missed.

I met Sheryl when she was about 4. I was going out with Ming then, and had visited his family in Singapore. I took an immediate liking for this cheeky 4 year old, who was always trying to melt someone with her pretty smile for a lolly. Being 19, she’s not so fond of lollies anymore, but she had wanted to learn how to make Melting Moments, my ‘Durian Dream Cream Cake’ and Strawberry Tart amongst other things to impress her family ( or was it her boyfriend??.. I forget. Wink-wink.)

We managed to make Melting moments together, but after 4 other relatives arrived, the idea of making the other stuff went out the window. We were just too busy going out, then sometimes coming home to do dinner. I was either too exhausted or fearful of dirty looks being thrown at me for making the whole lot of guests wait while I baked.

Anyhow, this recipe is dedicated to you, Sheryl. I hope you will have fun baking these on your own.

Melting Moments

1 cup butter

4 tbsp sugar

1 cup cornstarch

1 cup plain flour

For the lemon cream filling

¼ cup butter , softened

½ cup icing sugar

2 tsp grated lemon rind

1 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 180C . Combine the softened butter and sugar in a bowl and beat only until just mixed. Add the sifted flours and beat, again only until just combined. Fill dough into a piping bag and pipe onto lined trays, spacing them about an inch and a half apart as they will expand. Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes or until they are golden.

Remove and cool totally before filling with the lemon cream. To make the cream filling, combine all ingredients and beat to a smooth consistency.

Makes 12


Ming_the_Merciless said...

Sounds yummy!

The "melting moments cookies" I remember were small and round and they were only available during Chinese New Year. They melt in your mouth.

Your version looks even more delicious and bigger -- more cookie to eat. :-)

Oh for the love of food! said...

Hey there, Ming! good to hear from you again. The chinese melting moments are also known as 'kueh bangkit' -I love them too. These are Australian melting moments, I'm not sure if they are available in the U.S but they are absolutely delectable! Do you have a sweet tooth? You would absolutely love these if you do. They are buttery, crumbly and very addictive! I hope you have someone who would bake you a batch .(wink! wink!)

paige said...

hi mum, its mui! how surprising i know i love u and i love your blog your doing a good job. keep the good work never let anything stop u from doing your blog nice writing about the house pig. xoxomui xoxo

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I have such a sweet tooth that I would skip regular meals just so I can eat desserts with a cup or two of really good coffee.

But I stopped eating store-bought cookies now because of the trans fat (hydrogenated vegetable oils) in them. And also, I always eat too much if I have a bag of cookies at home.

Now, when I want sweets, I go out and order it. Better on the waistline. :-)

Oh for the love of food! said...

Thanks, mui-mui my darling!

Ming, I used to have cake or desserts everytime we went out but since I started baking regularly, I've become quite critical about the quality and the ingredients used in those desserts.I can now spot a mass- produced cake or cookie and always steer clear of them. They are not worth getting fat for!

Melting Wok said...

oh for the love of food, I can only imagine these lil' cutesies melts in my mouth, and imagining these with durian cream instead, my knees are getting weak :P

Oh for the love of food! said...

Melting Wok, Hi, thanks for stopping by, I love durian too, unfortunately, all we get here are frozen ones and they really fall short of the durian lover's expectations. I'm just going to drop by and say Hello now, see ya!

Melting Wok said...

I'm still craving these since the last time :( I wanna go get those fluted piping thingy, love these finger melting moments :)

Hungry Hamster said...

Those looks irresistible! Love the layout of your blog! Very refreshing!

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