Back on the Challenge Trail folks!
When I originally saw this recipe I couldn’t help but smile. Blimey custard powder, now there’s a blast from the past. And if it’s custard powder it HAS to be Bird’s Eye, as that was the brand EVERYONE used. The packaging is pretty much the same as I remember, aahhhhh a trip down memory lane…..
Memories of school dinners and pudding was ALWAYS served with custard – whether it was yellow, pink or brown (chocolate). Custard was de rigeur in terms of lunch menus. I never wanted the skin on mine, and would do anything to avoid it!
My other abiding memory of custard is that my mum, ostensibly a good cook, could never make custard. Basically she managed to regularly ruin it. Which is remarkable considering how little you need to do when making custard from instant powder. When it came time for puds with custard we never quite knew what to expect – would she remember sugar, would it be too thin, would it be so thick you could stand your spoon in it? I don’t know why but custard always seemed to defeat my mum. Maybe she was just bloody knackered by the time it came to dishing up dessert and custard was the least of her concerns.
Anyway Mandy over at the Complete Cookbook suggested I made these cookies, but to be honest I want to call them biscuits, you see I’m British and I just can’t say the word cookie, it doesn’t sound right. But Custard Cookies has alliteration where as Custard Biscuits, well it doesn’t have such poetical potential does it?
It’s a truly simple recipe, I’ll admit now that I reduced the amount of icing sugar, I knew these biccies would be too sweet for me otherwise. When making them I did get a bit worried as the mixture was not binding together, but I just kept the beater on and practised a bit of patience, and yes it all came together in the end. Oh and one last thing, when you get them out of the oven I found I had to extremely careful and gentle with them otherwise they all broke up. which obviously meant I got to eat the crumbs….
The taste test – well I took them round to have with tea at a friends house and a worldly-wise 7-year-old gave them the thumbs up. She was a bit dubious at first because she doesn’t like custard, but oh so bravely she pushed her fears aside and chomped into them. What a sacrifice to cookery she made! Needless to say the plate of biccies was demolished. Thoroughly enjoyed.
They reminded me a bit of shortbread, crumbly and buttery and oh so melt-in-your-mouth. And yes moreish. Thank you Mandy – I’d never have thought of making such a treat with good old custard powder, or as the French say “Creme Anglais”
A Post Script – a thoughtful commenter has pointed out that it shouldn’t be Bird’s Eye the company but Birds, a totally different company. Many thanks for helping me out there!