We caught up with friends we hadn't seen in a while over these spring break school holidays. I have been a little less hectic with the baking, not baking so frequently as I used to because I'd been pulling longer shifts at work, and the kids are just as busy as ever with after-school clubs and activities. But these particular friends that were coming - well, their 13 year old was really getting into baking and I felt that I had to offer them something fresh and new as it was quite likely they'd bring along one of her treats.
I decided to keep things simple and fun, and go for small individual servings rather than a large cake that may not get fully devoured when at its best. I chose Melting Moments - a sandwich biscuit well-loved but not often enjoyed from my youth - and even used an Australian recipe. Well, it had to be, didn't it?!
These beauties needed to have a particular consistency that melted in your mouth and crumbled slightly when you bit into them, but not so much that you lost all your biscuit at the first bite. So I was a little apprehensive as I started.
So far, so good - they looked correct, or should I say, as I remembered. Once out of the oven, they still looked pretty darn good but had spread a bit bigger. I hadn't bargained on that, so made a note on the recipe for the next time. Some were a cute 4.5cm in diameter but others were up to a centimetre larger. So I took note to choose similar sized ones to sandwich together.
I had some classic vanilla buttercream and also some rich, decadent chocolate buttercream waiting ready to fill them. Then I thought lemon would taste nice, so chose a lush lemon curd to add to some of the vanilla buttercream - mmm, great idea.