I stumbled across the brilliant Belleau Kitchen blog yesterday and felt inspired by the ‘Random Recipe’ challenge and decided to give it a go.
Here’s what you do:
- Take all your cook books off the shelf and shuffle them up
- Close your eyes and run your fingers down their spines and stop at a random book
- Close your eyes again and randomly open the chosen book at a page
- Cook this dish (if it’s something you’ve cooked before then turn to the next page and cook that dish)… and don’t cheat… (do it with a friend in the room who will make you stick to it…) it’s a challenge after all and you’re only cheating yourself… this is specifically designed to take you out of your comfort zone…! (I love this bit, its so true!)
So as if it was written in the stars, the book I chose was my newest – Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. The recipe I landed on was ‘Melting Moments‘.
- 225g (8oz) softened butter
- 175g (6oz) golden caster sugar
- 2 large egg yolks
- A few drops vanilla essence
- 275g (10oz) self-raising flour
- 50g (2oz) porridge oats
- 12 red or natural glace cherries.
- Preheat the oven to 190C/Fan 170C/ Gas mark 5. Line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.
- Measure the butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla extract and flour into a mixing bowl and beat together to form a soft dough.
- Divide the mixture into about 36 portions. Form each piece into a ball and roll in the oats to cover. Flatten each ball slightly and top each with a quartered glace cherry, if you like. Place onto the baking trays.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until golden. Allow cooling time on the trays before lifting onto a wire rack to cool.
These taste slightly hobnob-esque and are very crumbly, buttery textured. To be honest, they don’t taste of much really but then given the simple ingredients list, that’s not surprising. They’re easy and quick to make and nice to eat with a cuppa though so for that alone, they’re worth re-making.