Melting Moments

I’m on a massive countdown until the 20th August!  Series 4 of the Great British Bake Off will be starting and for once I won’t miss the first episode due to being away on holiday.  Last year the first episode came on when I was on holiday in Ibiza so I was thankful for Iplayer, Facebook and Twitter keeping me up to date.  This year we have already been away and and I can’t wait for it to start!

The other day I found the book which went with Series 2 where Jo Wheatley was the winner-  (“How To Bake The Perfect Victoria Sponge And Other Baking Secrets”) and had a look through the recipes.  There were several recipes I hadn’t got round to trying out especially the delicious Melting Moments.  I know it sounds silly but I can’t remember who baked them, was it MaryAnn or Janet?  Either way, they looked absolutely mouthwatering and I wanted to try baking them.  To me though, Melting Moments have oats in them, are circular with a cherry in the middle.  These looked more like Viennese Whirls.

So, as my mum was due to stay for a few days I baked some Melting Moments for her visit.

Melting Moments- a "Best Of The Bake Off" recipe from Series 2 of the Great British Bake Off.
Melting Moments- a “Best Of The Bake Off” recipe from Series 2 of the Great British Bake Off.

First butter and icing sugar were beaten with an electric mixer until the mixture was light and fluffy.  Vanilla extract then got added in. I then added plain flour and cornflour to the mixture.  This was mixed until it became smooth.  To make the actual biscuits you pipe the mixture onto greased baking trays. I used a large disposable “Get A Grip” Piping bag from Lakeland with one of their large star shaped nozzles.  The recipe says you get 16 pairs of cookies but I think I piped them far too big!  We only got 9 here!  To get the delicate pink swirl in the biscuit I had to pipe some red food colouring gel inside the piping bag!  This didn’t go to plan, I found my red gel tube was nearly empty and the pink one wasn’t much better!  In the end it was a mixture of the two colours and the colours came out as massive splodges, not a neat line!

The cookies baked in the oven for about 12 minutes. While they were baking I made up some buttercream filling and found some raspberry jam in the cupboard.  Once the biscuits had baked and cooled I assembled them as best as I could as they had all turned out different sizes!

My Mum was due to arrive in the early afternoon but by the time she arrived there were only 2 biscuits left!  The kids and their friends had eaten them as they saw them when they were out on the kitchen counter. I also pigged one as I was starving hungry!  Luckily my Mum got to try one the following day before the remaining two disappeared.

Melting Moments- they certainly melted away in our house!
Melting Moments- they certainly melted away in our house!

Happy Baking!

Love Sam xx

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