Melting Moments with Passionfruit Cream

Moving down from the Sunshine Coast where we tried Maureen’s Asparagus and Potato Tart, is the second stop on our 10-part journey.  It’s the Gold Coast which is about a three-hour drive south of the Sunshine Coast and where we find Liz, from  Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.  Liz is a fairly new blogger and one of her recent posts was a favourite recipe of mine, Melting Moments with Passionfruit Cream.

Melting Moments

Melting Moments

I’ve put these Melting Moments into my ‘nostalgia’ category because when I was six I was given a cookbook called, ‘Look I Can Cook with a Little Help From Mum’ that had a recipe for melting moments with passionfruit icing.  It was one of the first recipes I ever made.  And what a mess!  The flour does tend to fly around.

It only takes a few ingredients to make Melting Moments

It only takes a few ingredients to make Melting Moments

Liz and I have known each other for quite a few years.  We both went to the same church where she was one of the singers up on the stage while I sat very quietly in one of the back rows.  An accomplished music teacher and singing coach, she recently moved to the Gold Coast and we’ve kept in touch via facebook.  A few months ago Liz was inspired to begin a blog because the one thing she enjoys as much as music is cooking.

Tablespoons of mixture rolled into balls

Tablespoons of mixture rolled into balls

Liz is extremely organised and knows how to stretch a dollar.  She provides a service where you can invite her into your home and she will show you how to organise your kitchen, how to shop from a list and save on food bills, learn not to be wasteful and grow your own produce from whatever space you have.  And if you don’t want her to do all that for you, perhaps she will sing to you!

Press down with the tines of a fork

Press down with the tines of a fork

Liz is also a Thermomix demonstrator and so the recipes on her blog also include Thermomix versions.

She named her blog after Mother Hubbard’s bare cupboard because she believes even with very little means you can live and eat well by being just a little bit clever.

Melting Moments with Passionfruit Cream

Melting Moments with Passionfruit Cream

These melting moments are just wonderful.  Both Liz and I agree that store-bought melting moments or even the ones you buy in cafes usually turn out to be a massive disappointment.  Crumbly rather than buttery and dry rather than moist, the biscuits usually don’t ‘melt’ which is what you’re absolutely expecting.

These melting moments will definitely melt in your mouth and Liz says it’s all because of the butter.  Yes, to enjoy these you cannot afford to have a fear of butter!  The biscuits are light, they’ll definitely melt in your mouth and the creamy and smooth and sweet-but-tart passionfruit cream is the best compliment for these cookies.  If you’re sensitive to gluten, Liz says the recipe works equally well with GF flour.

Melting Moments

Melting Moments

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Melting Moments with Passionfruit Cream
Recipe type: Biscuit/Cookie
Cuisine: Australian
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Serves: 24
Melting Moments with Passionfruit Cream - a melt-in-the-mouth biscuit/cookie
  • For the biscuits/cookies:
  • 500gms (1lb) butter, softened
  • 8 tbspns icing (powdered) sugar
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 8 tbspns cornflour
  • For the icing/frosting:
  • 150gms (5.3ozs) cream cheese
  • 50gms (1.8ozs) butter
  • pulp from 3 passionfruit
  • 2 cups icing (powdered) sugar
  • lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 140C (285F).
  2. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Sift flours and gradually add to butter mixture. Mix well.
  5. With hands dusted with cornflour, mix tablespoons of mixture in your hands and roll into balls. Gently press down onto trays.
  6. Using a fork dipped in cornflour, press tines of fork onto biscuit.
  7. Place in oven for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Note: These biscuits do not change colour during the cooking process. If they start to go brown, they have been cooked for too long or on too high a heat. Biscuits will feel soft when first out of the oven but leave to rest on trays for 5 minutes and they will harden up.
  9. Remove biscuits from trays and place on a wire rack to cool.
  10. Sandwich biscuits together with icing.
  11. Icing:
  12. Mix all ingredients except lemon juice in a bowl. If not desired consistency, add a little lemon juice.

This girl knows her food and she certainly can cook.  To keep up with what’s in Liz’s cupboard, you can follow her on Instagram or visit her blog.

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There's no harm in being generous with the passionfruit cream!

There’s no harm in being generous with the passionfruit cream!

Tomorrow we’re making something sticky.

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  1. Hi Charlie, I’m so glad you like these melting moments!…. looks like you made the whole batch, I’m sure they will get eaten very quickly in your house! Thank you so much for your beautiful words and for sharing my page! I’m looking forward to what comes next! i made those spatchcocks last night and loved them…! Liz x

  2. G’day! Love nostalgic posts Charlie and if you are anything like me, when I use flour, it is all over the kitchen and me!
    I could go for one of your Melting Moments right now and wish Liz much success!
    Cheers! Joanne

  3. Too bad your mum didn’t take a photo of your first melting moments. We could see how far you’ve come. 🙂

    On a more serious note, what Elizabeth does is really wonderful. I know I’m terribly disorganised and probably wasteful if I’m honest. Her melting moments do look soft and sweet.

  4. Liz sounds like a great person. 🙂
    I definitely would need somebody to help me organize my kitchen etc. haha
    Now I am just hooked, starring at the melting moments. How inspiring!

  5. Charlie,
    these little sins remind me of my childhood.
    They DO actually melt in one’s mouth.
    Just copied and shall bake!
    Thank you! xxx

  6. I’m guessing the cookies are those deceptively simple looking ones where you take one cooie to be polite. Than have another one cause they WERE pretty good and by the end you’ve had a half dozen. I’ve been meaning to keep an eye out for passion fruit since a friend from Hawaii sent me a jar of passion fruit jelly to play with. Here’s another reason.

  7. I first came across melting moments at school, in our cookery classes. I thought they werwe the most wonderful biacuit. Sadly I’ve lost that recipe but these look like a perfect replacement. GG

  8. I think of melting moments with passionfruit as a classic Australian biscuit, and like your memories of making them as a child. These look very nice and just the thing for mid-afternoon.

  9. Your cookies look spectacular, Charlie! Double delicious!

  10. These look delightful! The passionfruit filling sounds good. I’d love to grab a cup of tea and a plate full of these cookies.

  11. Wow! what an elegant looking cookie! it’s amazing that you made this for one of your first recipes. Very nice!

  12. I LOVE passion fruit! And melty cookies and butter. I’d say these are perfect for me! Nice to know about Liz’s blog too.

  13. I’d never heard of melting moments, but I just love the name. I’ll have to try these some time. They look lovely. I’m guessing one could use a fruit other than passionfruit for the cream filling. It’s not widely available here.

  14. Loving this series, Charlie… thanks for the introduction to Liz… and those melting moments, wow! Have always wanted to bake them!

  15. Well Liz sounds like a very fun and interesting friend to have! I haven’t had a melting moments cookie in years! I used to love them! And never with passion fruit, I bet they are fabulous!

  16. Now that would be a pic for the album, you cooking up a Melting Moments storm as a kid. Haven’t had these with passionfruit either, sounds kind of yummy.

  17. Gah melting moments are one of my most favourite biscuits ever! Homemade ones are streets ahead of anything you buy in the shops though. Will definitely have to bookmark this for a future baking weekend.

  18. It does look melt-in-your-mouth, Charlie! It’s nice to have passionfruit flavours incorporated here, too!

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  19. Oh Charlie these are my absolute favourites . I might have to blog about you blogging about Liz just to make some!

  20. These remind me of my mother in law, Marion, whose melting moments were buttery and soft and Scottish just like she was.

  21. These passionfruit melting moments definitely beat the weird things I see in stores – homemade is best, so buttery and aptly named treats 😀

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  22. I’ve never heard of this type of cookie but it really reminds me of shortbread. I have a recipe I’ve been wanting to try with cornstarch which is the “secret” ingredient for melting in your mouth. I love the delicate colour of the filling, it’s really beautiful. I’m going to check out that blog for sure thanks for the introduction.

  23. Oh heavens – Such a cute name – I have never heard of or tried “melting moments” – but I am melting at the look of these – and with passionfruit cream!!!YUM!!! Thanks for sharing Liz’s recipe for these!

  24. These look amazing, Charlie! I can just imagine them melting in my mouth by looking at them! MMmmmm…

  25. So delicious indeed guys! I have some coming up on my blog soon too though-it’s always the way that great minds think alike 🙂
    My mum could definitely do with Liz’s services on how to organise her pantry and fridge to cut down food waste. She has always struggled going from us girls leaving home and cutting her cooking and security from 6 people to just two! Xox

  26. I love melting moments! But can’t seem to find a good recipe, can’t wait to give this one a go.

  27. Oh these fill me with nostalgia too – we had lots of these in my life as a child and passionfruit is the way to go – though I was surprised to see this one had cream cheese in the filling – would not have expected that – agree they are quite disappointing in cafes etc – which I guess is why I should bake my own – and it would make me very popular in my house!

  28. I just love reading your recipes, Charlie, and seeing how despite so many similarities our two cities enjoy, you often mention ingredients I’ve not worked with, or don’t even know! I wouldn’t even know where to purchase passion fruit pulp, but I’m going to go on a quest and see if it’s just my lack of exposure, or is that really a rarity here? I don’t know. The biscuit portion of this delicious recipe really appeals to me. I do get a little butter-phobic from time to time, but I can usually move beyond that if I’m really interested in the recipe. These look delicious. I am going to hop over to meet Liz. I really appreciate her commitment to organization and thriftiness in the kitchen. I’d love to have her come sing in my home. 🙂

  29. She’s a girl after my own heart.. I love that blue and white plate:) I’ve made melting moments a few years ago and never thought to fill them.. they’re so pretty this way! xx

  30. Sweet but tart passionfruit cream! Lately I’ve heard about passionfruit chiffoncake and I’ve been trying to imagine that flavor as it’s highly praised. Now I see these cookies include the passionfruit cream and I nearly can’t hold this desire to taste! I’ve only had passionfruit by itself, and not in any sweets (I think?). Gosh I wish I could have some!!

  31. Hi,

    Please note that the flour quantity in this recipe is incorrect. I made them yesterday using 2 cups of flour as stated and the biscuits just spread out terribly when baked, so I knew that 2 cups was too little. I added more flour to the bit of dough that was waiting to be baked and it was fine……half the batch was wasted.

    • Hi Geetha, thank you for pointing out the error in the recipe. It is definitely 3 cups of flour and not 2. I have updated the recipe to amend my typo error. I have sent you an apology via your email address.


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