So, I have a problem. Well, some say problem - others say opportunity!
It seems I can't stop buying jams and sauces and dips and well, pretty much any other food item that will fit in the pantry. And if it's something I haven't tried before and it's on special - forgedaboudit!
The good news is that there is only one way to deal with this affliction - make something interesting out of it and share it with all of you lovelies of course!
My latest find was Strawberry Philly cream cheese. Have you tried it? It's real strawberry flavour in the traditional philly cheese. It's not overly sweet, more like a strawberry yoghurt or cheesecake. So yum!
Now, you could just have this on toast and it would be delightful and a whole lot less trouble. But we know each other well enough by now to predict that I wouldn't settle for that.
So, let me take this opportunity to introduce you to these Strawberry Cheesecake Melting Moments.
If you haven't had melting moments before, you're in for a double treat! They are crumbly, sweet custard flavoured biscuits that literally melt the moment you put them in your mouth. Hence the name!
If you can't find Strawberry Philly, you could easily make your own with a mixture of traditional cream cheese and jam or mashed up berries of your choice, and a little bit of icing sugar.
The other thing to try would be the Philly Mango frosting, which I've also seen on my travels. As that one hasn't made its way into my trolley yet - maybe I'm cured!
Strawberry Cheesecake Melting Moments
This recipe makes about 12 sandwiched biscuits and can easily by doubled if you need more. I've added a dollop of additional jam in between them to give them an extra strawberry hit. To be truthful, it wasn't absolutely necessary - but when have I ever cared about that??!!
250 grams soft butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 cup custard powder
1 cup plain flour
1 tub Strawberry Philly cream cheese
Strawberry Jam (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius and lightly grease two non-stick oven trays. Alternatively, line trays with baking paper.
2. Place butter, vanilla extract and icing sugar in a large bowl, then beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
3. Stir in sifted custard powder and flour in two batches.
4. Roll two-teaspoon sized balls of mixture in your hands and place on oven trays approximately 5 centimetres apart. The mixture will be sticky, so flour your hands before rolling.
5. Flatten each of the biscuits slightly with a fork. Dip the fork in flour and shake off the excess to avoid it sticking.
6. Bake biscuits for 15 minutes. Then, remove from the oven and leave the biscuits to cool on the tray for 5 minutes. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack to cool through and harden slightly.
7. Once cooled, spread strawberry philly over one of the biscuits, leaving a small border around the edge for the filling to spread. Then, top the filling with a small amount of jam and sandwich it with another biscuit. Repeat with all of the remaining biscuits.