Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wee Treats for Winners
I sent the packages of wee treats off to Jan, Kimberley and Shelley today, so I thought I would blog about what is in them. I decided to make them some wee treats of the variety that I used to make when I was selling wee treats (I did this for a couple of years – just small orders, but now my work as a lawyer takes too much energy!). So I made them yo-yos, baileys and macadamia truffles and also sent some quince paste which I made earlier in the year.
The truffles are yummy – kind of a secret recipe, but they are great to give as gifts and people always seem to like them. Yo-yos are what I think of as a traditional New Zealand recipe – probably because they are in the Edmonds book which is an iconic NZ cook book! Yo-yos are delicate little biscuits, not dissimilar to melting moments, sandwiched together with butter cream. They have a slight custard flavour from the custard powder. I like to make small, delicate little morsels which can be eaten in two bites, but you often see giant versions in cafes. If you have never tried yo-yos you should, as they are easy to make and delicious!
Yo-yos (from the Edmonds book)
¼ c icing sugar
¼ c custard powder
11/2 c flour
· Cream butter and icing sugar, then stir in remaining ingredients
· Roll dough into small balls and flatten lightly with a fork
· Bake at 170c for 15 minutes or until firm but still pale
· When cold sandwich together with custard butter cream made by beating together 50g softened butter with 2 tbsp custard powder and ½ c icing sugar