Simple Pleasures: Melting Moments with Lime Butter Cream

29 Jan

So good with a hot cuppa for a relaxing treat

I needed to bake something egg-free for a friend recently. All I could think of was shortbread. Boring. Shortbread sandwiched around tangy, creamy icing. Now you’re talking. This whole batch of biscuits cost about the same as one melting moment from the sweaty jar at the local cafe.

These were perfect! Yummo and super easy and quick to make. I had to tweak the recipes I found to suit my ingredients. This is what I came up with.

All you’ll need…

Makes 12 small-medium sandwich style biscuits

125 grams unsalted butter, chopped

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/4 cup icing sugar

3/4 cup plain flour

1/2 cup cornflour

Filling

75 grams butter

2/3 cup icing sugar

1 teaspoon lime juice

zest one lime (finely grated)

Firstly…

Beat butter, vanilla and icing sugar until fluffy.

Sift together plain flour and cornflour and add to butter mixture in three batches, folding through.

Place small balls of batter about 2 cm’s apart on a non-stick baking tray and flatten with a fork. Alternatively, you can pipe the mixture onto the tray, using a wide circular nozzle. I did the latter and got nice, evenly round biscuits.

Bake for 12-15 minutes at 170 degrees. Cool on cooling racks. Be careful moving the biscuits as they are quite soft and breakable while warm.

For the Filling…

Cream all ingredients with a hand beater or free standing electric mixer until very pale, light and fluffy. Refrigerate until biscuits have completely cooled.

To assemble…

Pipe a dollop of icing onto one biscuit, then simply sandwich together with another.

The butter cream will still be soft. Refrigerate for ten minutes or until firm so they hold together when eaten. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

two4six8!

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5 Responses to “Simple Pleasures: Melting Moments with Lime Butter Cream”

  1. rosross January 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    They look stunning Claire.

    • Claire January 29, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

      Thank you lovely Ros!

  2. Meredith January 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Oh these look amazing. Could you make a batch for your dear, Melting Moment-deprived Mother?

    • Claire January 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

      Of course I can Mumma xx

  3. violetsandcardamom January 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    These look and sound so good. I am addicted to limes! 🙂 You made such perfect little round shapes!

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