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  1. May 2020

    It’s quite true that at the moment we are all have a tendency to mope round the kitchen looking for something to snack on.  This weekend we had a tragedy of biblical proportions when there were actually no sweet treats in my house!

    Whilst excavating the cupboards, I found a half-eaten packet of cornflakes and I was transported back to my University days when I used to make ‘Melting Moments’.  I had some recollection that I had kept the typed out recipe in the laughably titled (but very good) All Colour Hamlyn Cook Book!

    Finding it on my bookcase with 80 odd other cook books, I flicked through the pages to find the recipe, a little dog eared, but safe and sound (not bad after 20 odd years!). 

    It’s such an easy recipe, I thought I would share.

     

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    What are melting moments?

    Melting Moments are delicious biscuits (cookies) that just melt in the mouth.  Perfect with a cuppa in the afternoon or a sweet treat whenever you need one.  They are simple to make and just addictive!

     

    Things that will make them even easier to make…

    • Soft butter is best - it makes creaming the butter and sugar together so much easier, so remember to get the butter out of the fridge a couple of hours before you make them.

    Size of Melting Moments

    • Small is beautiful - Don’t be tempted to make the balls of dough too big – they spread in the oven – you want delicate little biscuits…I do remember making them too big once and it was just one big melting moment! See my top tip below for making them of equal size
    • Don’t overdo it! – Melting Moments go from done to dark very quickly, check them after 10 minutes in the oven; you are after a nice golden brown colour.

     

    3 MORE TOP TIPS!

    • ONE:  Separating your egg:  I learned this method at school.  I don’t generally use it these days, but it is a fail-safe method.

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    • You will need:  a small plate, a small bowl, an egg cup and a blunt knife
    • Crack your egg onto a plate using the knife
    • Place the egg cup over the yolk
    • Whilst holding the egg cup in place, pour the white away into the bowl
    • Remove the egg cup from the yolk – one separated egg!

     

    • TWO:  The right size.  I get bored easily, so I’m all about anything that makes life easier.   I find that if you divide your dough into two, roll each into a sausage shape, and cut each one into 12, it’s much easier (and quicker) to get the portion size right.

    Easy biscuit recipe rolling in cornflakes

     

    • THREE:  Coating in cornflakes:  if the cornflakes are refusing to stick then squeeze them in and re roll into a ball before placing on the baking sheet.

     

    Melting Moments Original Recipe from 1990s

    The full recipe for Melting Moments

    Makes 24

    INGREDIENTS

    4 oz (115g) soft butter – I used salted butter

    3oz (85g) caster sugar

    1 egg yolk

    ½ tsp vanilla extract

    5oz (145g) self  raising flour

    Handful of crushed cornflakes

    METHOD

    • Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees/170 fan/gas mark 5.
    • Grease two baking sheets
    • Cream the butter and sugar together until pale. 
    • Beat in the egg yolk and vanilla
    • Stir in flour and bring together with your hands to form a smooth dough. 
    • Divide the mixture into 24 portions.
    • Roll in the crushed cornflakes.
    • Place on the baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes until golden brown, checking after 10 minutes.
    • Cool on the baking sheets to firm up, then place on a place on a rack to cool completely
    • Will keep in a tin for a few days (if they last that long!)

    I really hope that you enjoy making these and would appreciate any comments you have.

    Note:  I have been unable to credit this recipe as I really don’t know where I got it from…whoever it belongs to, thank you!

     

    Cosy Kitchen Oat Cookies

    If you fancy some cookies but would like me to make them for you , then please browse my Baked to Order range.  I will bake, pack and deliver them to you either in person if you are local or post them off to you if you are further afield (UK Mainland only).

    Shown:  Sweet, fruity and moreish Fruity Oat Cookies.

    Thank you for reading...I do hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane.

    Anne x

  2. Online Range - Baked

    Overview

    When the lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus was announced on Monday 23 March 2020, my first thought was to close the business completely as all the Market Locations I operate out of are quite rightly closed; so my Facebook announcement did just that.  However, having thought very carefully and having put some additional measures in place, I am now operating a very limited service to accommodate specific customer demand.

    Let’s face it, all our shopping options are quite restricted at the moment, so the move to online or remote trading is necessary to give customers a little more choice (though this is completely alien to us personable market traders).  However, just as we must stay at home, the virtual world must be embraced and I hope that the range of products available enable you to treat yourself, treat someone else or get that gift you’ve been after! 

    To this end, I have updated the website, put contactless payment methods in place and have limited the range of baked products available to reduce waste and respond to ingredient shortages.

    FAQs

    Online Orders

    How do I order?

    Baked Treats, Gift Packs, Kitchen & Dining Accessories, Mugs and Gift Vouchers can be ordered direct by phone, through the website or via Facebook (Shop or Messenger).  If you can’t find what you are after, please give me a call and I’ll see what I can do.

    Delivery

    If you live within a 3 mile radius of Cosy Kitchen HQ, contactless delivery to your door is available by yours truly – just remember to choose Click & Collect if you are ordering through the website.    

    Further away?  I can post anywhere in the UK. 

    At this time I would discourage collection as you guys should be staying at home and staying safe.

    So I can stay well to bake and deliver your sweet treats; I will be despatching parcels and delivering locally once a week only.  Like everyone else, I need to stay at home as much as possible.

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    Payment

    Secure, contactless Card Payments can be taken via a digital link on your mobile phone and I can also accept payments via BACS and I’m working on PayPal facilities.  If you order online, you can of course pay through the website.

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    What can I order?

    All Product Details can be found on the website, or give me a call or drop me an email if you need any further information – I am happy to help.

    Baked Treats including Chocolate Brownies, Carrot, Apple & Raisin Cake and Cookies.

    Gift Packs of Brownies, Carrot Cake and Lemon & Ginger Shortbread Jars also available for that special gift…these can be delivered direct by post or local delivery to the recipient of your choice.

    Kitchen & Dining Accessories (including Wooden Boards) and Mugs are also available to order online or over the phone or for postal or local delivery.

    Gift Vouchers – Need a gift? Don’t know what to buy?  Then gift vouchers are now available!  NB:  Gift Vouchers can only be redeemed against purchases made by telephone, email, or in person (once social distancing is no longer necessary).  The purchase of Gift Vouchers will also help my little business in these uncertain times…

    Baked for You Cakes for special occasions can still be ordered for local delivery.  This is subject to availability of ingredients.  Please give me a ring on 07752598491 or request a call back to discuss your requirements.

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    Health & Safety

    In addition to contactless delivery and payment, I will of course be looking after myself, doing copious amounts of cleaning and using PPE in the preparation, packing and delivery of your order.  Your safety and mine are my primary concerns.

    Delivery Costs

    Local Delivery is FREE within 3 miles of Cosy Kitchen HQ at WV3 7DX.

    Postage & Packing for Postal Deliveries is currently £3.95 for Standard Delivery (2-4 days from despatch) and £5.95 for Express Delivery (next day from despatch).

    Queries

    This is a new way of working for me as I am a market trader at heart!  So, if I have any queries with your order, I will get in touch to iron them out before delivery.  In turn, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me…it would be great to hear from you.

    We are living in uncertain times, so all the details here are correct as of 9th April 2020 and are subject to change without notice.