Friday, August 15, 2008

Challenge Book #23 - Chocolate Melting Moments and Passionfruit Butter YoYo Bites

Like the rest of the world I have been watching the Olympics. Australia is coming third on the per capita medal tally (medals per head of population). Yaaaay us!!!! This is, I am sure, a peculiarly Australian way of looking at things. We will always find a way to win.

One thing that has become crystal clear is that there is no sport I would rather play less than water polo. Let's look at the pros and cons.


1) You're out there in a swimsuit. I mean enough said!!! You do have some consolation in that, unlike beach volleyball, most of you is underwater for a good bit of the match. But still. No!

2) It's just sheer hard work. Treading water for that length of time would just be an exercise in survival. There's not even a prospect of a breather. Let alone worrying about the ball and stuff. I would be outraged that anyone would expect me to score goals as well.

3) People are actively trying to drown you. Not to mention the kicking, clawing and jabbing. I am a delicate little flower. Why not just beat me with a stick on dry land and be done with it!!!


[...a clock ticks........crickets chirp.........another angel gets its wings]

I rest my case. Not that there is any real option for me to become a world class water polo player or anything. The only chance I have for Olympic glory is if I uncover some long hidden genius for shooting or archery.

At this point, you are no doubt wondering what all this has to do with the biscuits you see before you. Absolutely nothing. I just wanted to get it off my chest. My disdain for rigorous aquatic sports was really weighing me down.

These biscuits are Chocolate Melting Moments. They are well named as they are very soft and light. They are also deeply chocolately without being particularly sweet. Sandwiching them together with nutella adds a nice nuttiness as well.

Whereas these are Passionfruit Butter YoYo bites. Again these are lovely short biscuits. I love anything with passionfruit so these will always be a winner with me.

Both are very quick biscuits with simple and minimal ingredients. You can whip them up at a moments notice and they look so lovely and elegant. At least I think so.

Both recipes are from this book - The Australian Women's Weekly Wicked Sweet Indulgences. This is Challenge Book #23 in the KJ wants a Kitchen Aid Challenge. It's aptly named this book. Every page is mouthwatering. There is a particularly wicked cherry ripe mud cake in here that I have been known to make on occassions.

Chocolate Melting Moments
(adapted from Wicked)

125 gm butter
2 tbspn (8 tspn) icing sugar*
3/4 cup plain flour
2 tbspn (8 tspn) cornflour
2 tbspn (8 tspn) cocoa powder

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift the dry ingredients and stir in.

Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a fluted tube. Pipe rosettes of mixture onto a lined baking tray.

Bake in 180C oven for 10 minutes. Allow biscuits to cool on the tray for 5 minutes. Lift onto a wire rack to cool.

Sandwich with nutella to serve.

Passionfruit Butter YoYo Bites
(adapted from Wicked)

250gm butter
1 tspn vanilla extract
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup cornflour

Beat butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in sifted dry ingredients.

Roll round teaspoons of mixture into balls. Place on lined baking trays. Dust a fork with a little flour and gently press into the top of each biscuit to flatten slightly.

Bake in a 170C oven for 12 minutes. Allow biscuits to cool on the tray for 5 minutes. Lift onto a wire rack to cool.

Sandwich with passionfruit butter to serve.

Passionfruit Butter

Beat 80gm butter with 2/3 cup icing sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in 1 tbspn (8tspn) of passionfruit pulp.

* This is an Australian recipe. 1 Australian tablespoon = 4 teaspoons. 1 US tablespoon = 3 teaspoons.


At 4:11 am, Blogger Deborah said...

You are doing so well at working through your cookbooks! I think I'll hit all of mine by the end of the year, but it's going to be close!

At 12:34 pm, Blogger Helene said...

Olympics....I wanted to bury my head in the sand after those French idiotic swimmers opened their big mouths...that should explain why I never dated back home!! On the other hand, I love Wicked magazine, I wish I could find it such luck but you did it justice with those little morsels!

At 7:56 pm, Blogger grace said...

chocolate for me, please. :)
meanwhile, i really enjoyed your water polo analysis and i agree with you on all fronts. i think table tennis is more my cup of tea. :)

At 11:49 pm, Blogger PG said...

I totally agree about water polo. Add to that, I think your opponents do a lot of kicking and drowning attempts when they can get away with it. Not at all appealing to me.

I can imagine those chocolates melting in your mouth. I also like that the word "moments" is in the title. I can imagine an advertizing campaign for them. "Take a moment....a chocolate melting moment" - zoom to someone eating a moment and letting it melt in their mouth looking utterly satisfied.

At 12:31 am, Blogger giz said...

I wish I could say that Canada was doing as well at the Olympics but that doesn't stop us from cheering them on. All the athletes are remarkable.

Love these biscuits/cookies - and I'm crazy about the Australian cookbooks that we don't find here. My cousin from Melbourne just brought me two of them and I'm in heaven and now know how to order them. I have to have this cookbook.

At 2:01 pm, Blogger Gina said...

Mmm! These biscuits look wonderful. I had to laugh about the water polo pros/cons. My husband played all through high school and college so I've been told about all the dirty tricks the players pull. Not only are the opponents trying to drown one another but they'll work their toes into the tops of one anothers swimsuits and use their toes to "snap" the tie holding up the opponents swimsuit! Hot naked guys in the water...that makes water polo worth it! ;)

At 10:26 am, Blogger Elle said...

I remember melting moments...yummy. Love the title of the magazine...Wicked indeed.

At 5:05 pm, Blogger KJ said...

Hi Deborah, keep working at it. I always enjoy reading your cookbook reviews.

Hi Helene, Australia is not immune from idiotic athletes either. It's a common affliction.

Hi Grace, I would go for tennis as well. Non-contact sports all the way!!

Hi Psychgrad, I like it!!!

Hi Giz, there's lots of great recipes in this book. The Women's Weekly has a huge library of books. But this one is the best.

Hi Gina, goodness, just another reason not to play this game. Spectating that's another matter.

Hi Elle, Wicked is a perfect description.

At 4:44 am, Blogger Patricia Scarpin said...

I have been missing out here - there are so many yummy posts I did not see!
The chocolate melting moments are too cute, KJ! But I am afraid of piping - as I suck at it. :S
And I'm a sucker for anything passion fruit - the yoyos are so delicate!

At 11:42 pm, Blogger FoodieFi said...

If forced to take up an Olympic sport, I'd be all for shot put or hammer throw - then even while training you could sample as many of these divine-looking biscuits as you pleased!

At 10:03 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After eating those cookies, standing around in a bathing suit would be the last thing I'd like to do. Especially considering those chocolate ones look soooo good, I'd probably pop a dozen in my mouth in one sitting!

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