My grandmother slipped away on 15th January 2011, a couple of months short of her 96th birthday. Very sad, but I know she wanted to go.
It may seem odd to write a tribute to her connected to this baking website, but some of my happiest childhood memories of her were when the two of us spent Sunday mornings baking such delights as coffee kisses and melting moments from her Be-Ro recipe book, ready to bring out when the family came round for Sunday tea.
I’ll miss you, Gran.
My daughter with her great-grandmother
Melting Moments Makes 30
65 g (2 1/2 oz) margarine
40 g (1 1/2 oz) lard (lard! Did we really use lard?!)
75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
1/2 medium egg
1 x 5 ml spoon (1 tsp) vanilla essence
150 g (5 oz) Be-Ro Self Raising Flour
oats or desiccated coconut
1 Heat oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4. Grease two baking trays.
2 Cream the margarine, lard and the sugar until very light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla essence.
3 Stir in the flour and mix well.
4 Roll walnut sized pieces of the mixture into balls and toss in rolled oats or desiccated coconut.
5 Place on baking trays, flatten slightly and place a small piece of cherry on each biscuit. Bake for 10-15 minutes.