Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Donna Hay's Melting moments

These melting moments are very delightful for the fact that they literally melt in my mouth and they were made based on the recipe from Donna Hay's Modern Basic Book 2.

I can't complain about how delicious these biscuits are but there is one thing that I just can't figure out about this recipe. Why do my biscuits not resemble the biscuits in her book? In Donna's book, the sandwiched biscuits were so perfectly shaped that their piped design were so well-intact even after they were baked. They hold their shape so well that they are even "pointed" after they are sandwiched. Prior baking, mine were nicely piped just like the ones shown in her book but they spread out so much while baking that they lost their shape. Then, I did a triple check in my ingredients, steps and oven temperature and I reckon that it wouldn't be my mistakes that my biscuits did not look like hers... or maybe I'm wrong??? Have I over-beat my butter and sugar mixture?

To assure myself further, I've made a comparison of this recipe from other piped biscuits ones and realized that this one has 1/4 cup less of cornflour or custard powder and probably give a more buttery but less solid dough that might not hold their shape so well.

Despite their "imperfect" look, these biscuits were fantastic and I'm happy to stick to this recipe for its taste than its look...

 
 

The texture of the biscuits and the butter cream are both so light that they just melt in our mouth...

Here's the recipe from Donna Hay modern Basic book 2

175g butter, softened (I use the unsalted one)
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup plain flour, sifted
1/4 cup cornflour sifted

my butter cream filling:
60g unsalted butter, softened
120g icing sugar

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line baking tray with baking paper.
2. Place butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat with electric beaters until light and fluffy. Stir in flour and cornflour until combine.
3. Place mixture into a piping bag fitted with a fluted nozzle. Pipe 3 cm rounds onto lined baking tray, allowing room for spreading.
4. Bake for 12-14 min or until golden. Cool on tray.
5. To make filling, beat butter and icing sugar until light and creamy. Pipe onto half the biscuits and sandwich with the remaining biscuits. Make 16 filled biscuits.

Happy Baking.

38 comments:

  1. They look prefect to me Zoe! very beautiful! Happy you and your family a Happy And Prosperous Rabbit Year!

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  2. Hey! =) I really love all the recipes U share...
    I will try this one day too! =)

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  3. They are very beautiful and elegant. I love the pictures!

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  4. I think they look great! I know I'd love to have some:)

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  5. Wow. This sounds so good, and I usually only want chocolate. Perfect angle on the picture.

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  6. Mmmm....love these. They are so beautiful. I love when they melt in the mouth :D Must be fun to make :D Hope you have a wonderful day. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

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  7. Happy cny to u n family, Zoe... These cookies looks pretty... Hehe... Bet they taste v nice too,,

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  8. Nicely done Zoe..your sweet treats are always stunning and look so so delicious!

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  9. Yup, I agree with Jess. Those butter cookies make me feel like grabbing all of them! Loved the cream addition too ;)

    Wish you and family A Prosperous Chinese New Year. May the year of Rabbit brings you more good luck! :D

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  10. I've never tried anything like this, so I can't tell you why they don't look like Donna's. However, I CAN tell you that they look delicious!

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  11. Wowww scrumptious cookies,love it..

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  12. Yum, that creamy filling sounds perfect for such a delicate little cookie.

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  13. These cookies look so buttery and delicious, and the filling is the icing on the cake!

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  14. Hi Zoe, your recipes look so delicious and the melting moments...mmm...looks perfect with a cuppa. Loving your blog.

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  15. What a scrumptious treat! They look delicious! I love the thought of them melting in my mouth.

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  16. Gorgeous looking cookie. I really like a cream center.

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  17. Zoe, the cookies still look perfect to me. Wish you and your family a Happy Lunar New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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  18. they look perfect to me Zoe :P Notice u like Donna Hay's recipes a lot, will check them out soon too

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  19. These sure look like melt in your mouth kind of cookies...yum!

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  20. Happy Rabbit Year to you! Gong Xi Fa Cai! :)

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  21. they still look very lovely! I wld also want to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy chinese new year and Gong Xi Fa Cai !

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  22. Looks so comforting and delicious! Have a wonderful year. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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  23. Agree with Jess and the rest, they already perfect! :) If you not happy with it, fedEx me then LOL. Zoe, wishing you and your family a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year!

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  24. Yum! These sure don't look imperfect to me...

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  25. wow these look really yummy! i hate when it doesn't look like the one in the book :(

    hope you have a happy Chinese new year!! i wish for you and your family to enjoy a prosperous year of happiness, health and wealth! :) all the best for the year of the rabbit ^^

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  26. met???? ....... should be melt of course!

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  27. These look light and lovely. They'd make a perfect hostess gift. I'm new to your blog and have spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I really love the food and recipe you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  28. I just love your blog im a new follower please follow back I cant wait to see more

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  29. It's frustrating when things don't turn out how you expect them to, but I think these are perfect just the way they are! So beautiful! :)

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  30. Well, this "imperfect" biscuits definitely look perfect enough for me. -drools- Thanks for sharing. And Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family. =D

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  32. They look absolutely buttery and delicious — the way they're intended to look. I made some Donna Hay cookies last week: http://mscritique.com/donna-hays-jersey-caramel-cookie-recipe/ but the didn't turn out anywhere near as buttery as yours look. Im going to give your recipe a go! Thanks x

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  33. Hello Zoe!

    First of all, congratulations on your blog.
    I just came across your blog as I was looking out for some explanation about what was happening with my melting moments. They came out looking like yours and I was trying to understand why they don't look like the one's on the photo too.

    I'm happy I'm not the only one feeling the same.

    Thank you!

    Patrícia

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