Sunday, 16 September 2012

Melting Moments ♥

Have you ever dreamt of cookies that just melt in your mouth? That delicious, fluffy, crumbly cookies... So mouth watering.

Let me introduce you to Melting Moments cookies. And yes, they literally melt in your mouth.

They are delicious and easy to make.

Melting Moments
[yield ~3 dozen of cookies]
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioner sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch (corn flour)
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

Combine the dry ingredients and sift them.Cream the butter until light and fluffy (around 2 mins). Add the flour mixture and vanilla extract, beat thoroughly. Cover the batter with clip wrap and refrigerate for 1 or 2 hour (or until it's firm)
♥ Preheat the oven to 150C and line the baking sheet with parchment paper
♥ Shape the dough to 1 inch ball and place about 1 1/2 inches a part with one another. Lightly press the dough with a fork that has been dusted with flour (so it's not sticky)
♥ Bake about 18 minutes or until the edges are brown
♥ Remove from the oven and place the baking sheets onto the wire rack to cool for about 3-5 minutes
♥ Transfer the cookies onto the wire rack that has been place a parchment paper underneath and sprinkle the top of the cookies with icing sugar using a sieve

As you can see that the recipe involves only a few ingredients, so I suggest that you invest in a good quality butter. Because it will make a difference! 

 dry ingredients and unsalted butter

 cream the butter until light and fluffy

 add the flour mixture and combine thoroughly 

 press the ball shaped dough with a fork 
(tips: to make it even smoother surface on the top, I light pressed the dough with a bottom of a glass, but make sure to use the ones with flat bottom)

transfer the cookies onto the wire rack with parchment paper on the bottom

Monday, 3 September 2012

Classic Whoopie Pie

Do you remember the last time I made a red velvet cake? There were few times, red velvet whoopie pie recipe came up on the first of the search result page when I googled for the red velvet cake recipes. Then I wondered, what is a whoopie pie? It looks like a macaron or a yo-yo, but edible kind of yo-yo.

Wikipedia describes Whoopie Pie as two round mound-shaped pieces of cake with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them. Pennsylvania, Maine and New Hampshire claim to be the birth place of the Whoopie Pie.

According to food historians, Amish women would bake these and put them in farmers' lunch boxes. When farmers would find the treats in their lunch, they would shout "Whoopie!" (hence the name). It is also thought that the original Whoopie Pies may have been made from cake batter leftovers.

Whoopie Pie is alternatively called a black moon, gob, black-and-white, bob or Big Fat Oreo ("BFO"). I think I prefer black moon, it sounds cool doesn't it?

Since this was my first time making the Black Moons, I chose the classic Whoopie Pie with marshmallow fluff filling. We don't have marshmallow fluff in the place that I live in at the moment, but I am lucky because I  just bought Marshmallow Fluff when I travelled to Sydney last month. I thought it will comes in handy. And it's true! :D

I was a bit hesitant to be honest, because I have never seen it with my own eyes before. Never tasted it before. So I didn't know what to expect out of these cakes. But I put aside my worries and did my best to follow the recipe to the T.

And Voila!

I think I did ok. The Black Moons were dense, moist and delicious! I am definitely going to make these again.