Snickerdoodle Angels

Snickerdoodle cupcakes and Snickerdoodle Angels

Snickerdoodle cupcakes and Snickerdoodle Angels

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I remember my Aunt making Angel Cakes for family occasions. Birthdays, Anniversaries or Sunday post-church gatherings she would present a tupperware container full of fluffy vanilla cupcakes, stuffed with jam and cram and finished with powdered sugar. I’ve taken her tradition and my new-found love of snickerdoodles and kind of smashed them together. It occurred to me that cinnamon, apples and bacon is a marriage made in heaven .. et voilà!!  Snickerdoodle Angels 🙂

Snickerdoodles

Try to resist .. I dare you!!

Try to resist .. I dare you!!

What is a Snickerdoodle you ask? A little puff of cinnamon, sugary bliss. These American classics have a soft, chewy sugar-cookie center with a cinnamon sugar coating, perfect with hot cocoa or just because. They are also ridiculously easy to make ..

Lemon Knot Biscuits (Anginetti)

Lemon Knot Biscuits

Lemon Knot Biscuits

In Italy these crunchy, tangy morsels are called Anginetti .. here they are called “delicious” .. and five minutes later “all gone”. I started making these because the gourmet delis around here charge a ridiculous amount for a handful .. that doesn’t survive the journey home 🙂

Passionfruit Melting Moments

Passionfruit Melting Moments

Passionfruit Melting Moments

I don’t quite understand the mechanism of comfort food .. the why.  I do know that there are some things that I find calming to make. Biscuits are high on this list. The repetitive actions of beating and kneading and rolling into balls are almost like a gentle meditative mantra. Certainly the raw dough for these biscuits has the texture of plasticine, something my Inner Child finds both soothing and delightful. The aroma that fills the kitchen as I hover in front of the oven waiting to whisk them onto the cooling rack is a reminder of one of my favourite holidays. Memories of my annual pilgrimage to Balingup; laughing and singing until I was hoarse. Camaraderie over a pint of cider .. and the massive passionfruit vine covering one fence of Fleur d’Lys and her Consort’s home. I gorged myself on those fruit, and always left a stack of these behind as a thankyou for their hospitality.

Honey Cardamon Biscuits

Honey Cardamon Biscuits

Honey Cardamon Biscuits

Smell is such a powerful sense. It can instantly evoke memories, transporting us to another place with the merest whiff. The smell of hot Anzac Biscuits takes me to Gran’s kitchen. Hovering in front of the oven in drooling anticipation. Gently shoo-ed from underfoot as Gran eased the trays out. These biscuits have a similar effect on Beloved. Not quite the speculaas he remembers from his childhood, but the rich, sweet-earthy cardamon aroma is close.