Granny's Kitchen

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Melting Moments February 17, 2012

Ingredients

250g unsalted butter, softened

60g icing sugar, sifted

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

250g plain flour

60g cornflour

red food colouring (the gel type works best)

For the filling

125ml full-fat or semi-skimmed milk

2 Tbsp plain flour

125g caster sugar

125g unsalted butter, softened

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp jam

Method

Beat the butter with the icing sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat for a few more seconds

Sift the flour and cornflour together into the bowl and mix until smooth.

Paint a straight line of food colouring on the inside of a piping bag, from the tube opening of the bag. Spoon the mixture into the piping bag.

Spoon 32 spoonfuls onto the baking tray. Chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes to firm.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.

Bake the biscuits for about 15 minutes until they are pale golden. Leave for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

To make the filling, heat the milk with the flour in a small saucepan, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens and boils. Whisk over a very low heat for a minute too cook out the taste of the flour, then pour the mixture onto a plate. Cover closely with cling film to prevent a skin forming and leave until completely cold.

Beat together the butter and sugar until very pale and fluffy. Add the thickened milk mixture and vanilla and beat until light, creamy and almost white.

To assemble, spread a little jam on the bases of half the biscuits. Spread the cream filling onto the other halves and sandwich the two halves together.

Here’s another slightly different recipe…

You can use the vanilla or 1/2 tsp cardamom powder. You can also dust these cookies with icing sugar.

Ingredients

100 g (3/4 cup) plain flour
30 g (2 tbsp) cornflour
60 g (1/2 cup) icing sugar
100 g (1/2 cup) butter
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

Sieve the flour and the cornflour together into a bowl.

In another bowl mix in the butter and the sugar with a hand blender or a wire whisk or put in the stand mixer with the paddle attachment and blend until smooth and creamy.

Put in the flour mixture, milk and vanilla extract and mix until smooth and there are no lumps.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade/ 350F/Gas mark 4.

Make small balls, flatten lightly with your palms and bake.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the cookies turn golden brown at the edges.

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