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by Naomi Newton
Our first Mixing Bowl post from the 1913 recipe book Home Cookery for Australia coincides with Valentine's Day, so we're sharing one of the most popular recipes, as deemed by our colleagues. These biscuits were really quick and easy to make and really quick and easy to eat!
The ingredients were easily obtained, so none were substituted. I sifted together the flours, lightly beat the eggs, and then mixed all of the ingredients together. I used two teaspoons to drop small amounts of batter on to a tray lined with baking paper. The oven was pre-heated to 180 degrees Celsius and I baked this batch for about 10 minutes, until golden brown.
I allowed the biscuits to cool on racks overnight, and placed raspberry jam between two halves the next morning. At a staff morning tea, quite a few taste testers thought they looked like Monte Carlo biscuits.
Kisses biscuit recipe
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter, half a cup of cornflour, three quarters of a cup flour, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar, half a teaspoon of soda, half a cup of sugar, a few drops of lemon essence.
Mode: Put in teaspoonfuls on a buttered tin, and bake a light brown. Put a little raspberry jam on the bottom of one cake and put another on it.
Source: Home Cookery for Australia: All Tested Recipes, 1913, Arbuckle, Waddell & Fawckner, Melbourne, p127.
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Glorious Days: Australia 1913 was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 7 March to 13 October 2013.