Sunday, 4 March 2012

Passionfruit Melting Moments

There is something about passion fruit that brings on memories of summer. As soon as I taste or smell passion fruit I am instantly transported to a sunny day, lying on a patch of green grass or lounging beside the pool. So when I found this recipe on Taste, I HAD to try it.

Luckily, we absolutely LOVED them! So much so that they became part of my Christmas boxes - I make a few batches of different cookies & pop them in some cute brown boxes tied with a big red ribbon - then give them to my (future) in-laws, parents & grandparents. They are always a hit - and who doesn't love baked goods?

I don't remember how many it made - but it was enough for 4 boxes with loads left over. Here is the stunning recipe:

250g butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla essence (you could also use vanilla paste)
1/2 cup pure icing sugar, sifted
2 cups plain flour
1/3 cup corn flour

Passion fruit Filling:
60g butter, softened
1 large passion fruit
1 cup pure icing sugar, sifted

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

2. Using an electric mixer (bench top or handheld - it doesn't matter) cream butter, vanilla and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Sift flours over butter mixture. Beat on low speed until a soft dough forms.

3. Roll into teaspoon sized balls. Place on trays - these don't rise very much so you can pack them relatively close. Using a fork dipped in flour, lightly flatten each biscuit until 1cm thick. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until firm. let cool on tray for 10 minutes.

4. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Be gentle, they are quite fragile whilst warm.

5. Make passion fruit filling: Using an electric mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Stir in passion fruit pulp and icing sugar.

6. Spread flat side of 1 biscuit with half teaspoon of filling. Top with another biscuit. Repeat with remaining biscuits and filling. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

Happy baking!

Sunny xx

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