Sweet treats.

6 Dec



Melting Moments are one of the things that always sell well at markets. Visitors too appreciate them with a nice warming cuppa.  Made with butter…no margarine…actually I always use butter when baking…nothing else gives the same result.

So without further ado here is the recipe:

150g butter

75g icing sugar

25g cornflour

150g self raising flour

raspberry jam

icing sugar, for dusting

Heat the oven to gas mark 5, 190c. Cream butter and icing sugar…then add the sifted flour and cornflour. You should have a softish squidgy dough.  If too soft work in a little more flour.

Arrange 14 paper cases in fairy cake tins. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls…place in baking cases…then using a teaspoon dipped in hot water make an indentation in each one.

Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-17 minutes until lightly coloured.

While they’re still hot drop about half a teaspoon of jam…I always use raspberry…into the hole.

When cool dust with icing sugar using a tea strainer.

Store in a tin. Makes 14-17 delicious morsels.

Happy baking!


27 Responses to “Sweet treats.”

  1. june December 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    You are an extremely generous woman, Bridget. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. When we finally get a new oven (ours died about three weeks ago and we are using what is called a ‘mini kitchen’ – two hobs on the top, a grill and an oven. Trouble is, it only goes up to 250 degrees C, so baking, for the most part is really not this contraption’s forte, more’s the pity) I am definitely going to bake up a batch of these. Although I seriously doubt that they could or will ever match the absolutely deliciousness that yours do. The ones you very kindly gifted us with last Sunday had us smiling and grinning while enjoying every bite of these mini mouth-watering morsels of deliciousness.

    Thanks again, Bridget. For the recipe, and for the treats this past Sunday. I think if you sold them (and the caramel slices) at the Ben Bulben market, you’d do very, very well. 🙂

    • bridget December 6, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      Hi June! Glad you enjoyed them. Hope you get a new cooker sorted soon. January sales might be a good time. I rang Michael about the Friday night market and he persuaded us to do the Saturday 21st instead. Just with Andy’s glass and some of my painted pots as theres already a lot of baked goods. Might be just Andy going as I may be in Tipp that weekend. Thanks for info on that. xx

      • june December 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

        Excellent news that you and/or Andy will be at the Ben Bulben market on the 21st. Will it be just for that one Saturday, then, or will you be coming to the market on a regular basis?

        Yes, we’re saving our pennies for the January sales for a new oven. I’d so love to have one like yours, but besides it being so expensive for us (I know it’s well worth the money and it’s absolutely brilliant for not just cooking, but for heating the whole house), our kitchen is quite small and there’d be no room for it at all in there. When we bought this house years ago, there was a very small Stanley cooker in there already – on its last legs, rusting away and falling apart in general) but even as small as it was, it took over nearly half the kitchen. So for us, it has to be a small cooker with either a single or double oven. I’ve seen a nice Beko one for 399 euros in Sligo, but I’m hoping it will come down a wee bit more in January.

      • bridget December 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

        WE’ll see how it goes that day but we might go once a month or so. We bought a new cooker when we moved…we left the old one as part of the house deal. 299 euros in Sloan’s of Boyle. it’s not a double oven…has a grill and 4 rings. Does the job fine!

  2. june December 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Hmmmm……then again, I just read (more carefully this time) that you set your oven to 190 degrees C. So…I think we both know what that means! 🙂 After a morning and afternoon selling at the market, what better reward come the evening than a relaxing cuppa accompanied by a couple of these beauties? :Yum…and then some. 🙂

    ps – I’m completely with you on the butter. Besides margarine being bad for you anyway (and not being ‘real’), there is nothing that even remotely comes close to butter as a superior and delicious ingredient when baking.

    • bridget December 6, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      Have you heard about that experiment with butter and marg? Both were placed in pots in the garden…the insects were all over the butter but none went near the marg. They did’nt recognise it as a food. xx

      • june December 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

        I did hear and read about that experiment with the bees, butter and margarine. Smart creatures, bees. I’ve also read (though there’s been some debate and backlash against this statement) that margarine, although comprised of about 90% hydrogenated vegetable oil, is only one molecule away from plastic! Again, I don’t know if that’s actually true or not, but it’s been making the rounds for quite a while now. I can well understand how the bees wouldn’t go near it, and not recognise it as a food source.

        But above anything else, nothing tastes as delicious than butter when it comes to baking. Even when on weight-loss programs that asked to substitute butter for margarine, I couldn’t do it. Margarine may have less fat, less calories and so on, but no matter how little or how much you use it – especially if you plan to bake with it – the taste is nothing short of … well…nothing, really.

    • june December 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      Wait…wait! 299 euros for that big huge gorgeous one you have in the new house?! I must be mistaken and confusing the two. If that big one you have that heats the house and also cooks is only 299, then I’m buying it tomorrow, if not sooner!! But even if it’s not the one you mean, 299 is pretty reasonable. I need to have another look at the one we saw in Taheny’s in Sligo…can’t remember if it was a single or double, but it was a Beko and it was 399. There was one for 299 but it was by a new (to me) brand called New World. Beko products/appliances we’ve purchased in the past have been pretty good. What brand is the one you saw/bought in Sloan’s?

      • bridget December 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

        Think we’re talking about different cookers. The range in the kitchen was a couple of thousand. The one we bought for 299 is just a plain white basic cooker. The make is Flavel.

      • june December 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

        Emmm….oops! My face is now probably close to the colour of your solid fuel stove, lol. I kinda thought I was a bit confused on that 🙂 I couldn’t imagine that beautiful big red solid fuel stove/cooker being only 299.

        We’ll call into Sloan’s in the next week or two to have a look at it. But as you suggested earlier, I think the best bet would be to wait for the January sales for the best prices. 299 *is* quite an excellent price, though. Thanks for the info and the tip, Bridget.

  3. beekeeperwife December 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Looking forward to trying this – I cannot remember the last time I purchased any “marg” I so agree about using butter. Thanks

    • bridget December 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

      There’s just no comparison between butter and marg…whether it be in baking or on toast…

  4. KL December 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    yum…yum…oh! they look delicious. After I read the recipe, my mouth is now watery. I am too lazy to bake these; so will buy some from store. Perhaps bake them during holidays.

    • bridget December 6, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

      They go down a treat anytime.

  5. Anne Wilson December 7, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    This is one we must try, can you get Organic cornflour do you know?

  6. Charlie@Seattle Trekker December 7, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    Oh my, that looks quite stunning. It is on my list for this weekend.

    • bridget December 7, 2013 at 11:17 am #

      Happy baking to you!

  7. mydearbakes December 7, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Yep, yep. Definitely like what I’m seeing here. Yummy! =D

  8. Donna@Gardens Eye View December 9, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    Bridget those look amazing and I could use one just about now.

    • bridget December 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

      Sometimes a cake is just the right prescription…

  9. silverbells2012 December 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    They look lovely!

  10. cindyricksgers December 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Thank you for the recipe! This is going in my special file for Christmas; these are real beauties. I always use butter, too. I had to teach myself to appreciate it, as we’d always been served margarine as children, saving the more expensive butter for my Dad only. Now, I can’t tolerate the flavor of margarine.

  11. wessexgirl December 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Just made them – they were fab! Thanks so much for sharing x

    • bridget December 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      Great! Lovely treat with a cuppa.

  12. Mominthegarden December 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Bridget, these sound and look wonderful! My Christmas preparations are way behind this year, but I still hope to try these! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Dana

    • bridget December 21, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Best wishes to you and yours too Dana.


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