Thursday, May 15, 2008

moments of melting orange and passionfruit

So it's been a while between meals, and ever concerned for the wellfare of our imagined creepy fan out there, I thought it best to post another recipe. To be honest, I've been cooking so much lately that the last thing I felt like was talking, let alone writing about it...but then I thought to myself, I thought, "Jub Jub..." (yes, in my imagination I like to call myself Jub Jub), "Jub Jub, food makes people happy. Melting moments make people happy. Melting moments of ORANGE and PASSIONFRUIT make people well near euphoric." And you know what, dear readers? I was right. I mean, just look at the expressions on Jaimie and Diana's faces...

That's the kind of joy only a very particular combination of secret ingredients can evoke. Secret ingredients I've theived from the internet and will share only with you, dearly beloved.

Orange and Passionfruit Melting Moments (adapted from Gourmet Traveller)


Orange Biscuts:
250 gm softened unsalted butter
80 gm icing sugar, sifted
finely greated rind of 1 orange
1 tsp vanilla extract (or, if you're feeling CRAZY, possibly a fraction more)
75 gm cornflour
225gm plain flour (sifted)

Passionfruit Icing:
275 gm icing sugar, sifted
100 gm cold unsalted butter, finely chopped
2 tbsp passionfruit pulp, or the juice of about 2 average passionfruits


1. Preheat oven to yer standard 180C
2. Using an electric mixer (or a very strong man), beat butter and sugar till it is light, fluffy, and makes you feel warm and fuzzy.
3. add orange rind and vanilla and beat until combined
4. add sifted flours and a touch of salt (ie 1/2 tsp) and stir to form a soft dough using a spoon of wood.
5. form little balls of around 1/2 tablespoon in size, place 5cm apart on greased or baking paper-lined oven trays, flatten slightly then press with a fork to achieve a sliming groved effect.
6. Bake in your preheated oven for a mere 5 (!) minutes.
7. transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
8. when (and only when) step 7 is complete, begin to make the dreamy passionfruit icing. It helps if you imagine yourself to be an angel in heaven, like on those Philladelpia cream cheese adds. Honestly, this adds to the flavour, irrefutably.
9. whip butter untill kinda lighter and creamier with an electric mixer.
10. add sugar, beat until combined and light and fluffy.
11. add passionfruit, beat until combined. I respect that during this step you may feel the need to free yourself from the shackles of conventional cookery, toss off your wings and abandon all instruction and measurement. I know I did. Just make sure you don't listen to your gentleman friend (whom you know that, while cute, is inevitably ALWAYS wrong) and make an icing which is slightly too runny resulting in messy biscuts later on. The mixture should be thick. Thicker than you would ordinarily consider natural.
12. sandwich biscuts together with 2 tsp of icing, using a piping bag for a fancy frilly affect, if desired.
13. sprinkle with a fairy dust like coating of icing sugar, to further the heavenly metaphor, if desired.

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