They emerge from the oven more buoyant than usual, with an appealing golden colour and a delicate custardy taste. The daughters, always suspicious of New Food, are initially merely Willing To Eat Them but soon, as they familiarise themselves with the unknown, they are telling me that they have been very good and Must Have Another.
- Preheat the oven to 180-200 degrees.
- Measure 50g self-raising flour, 50g custard powder, 100g sugar, 100g butter, and two eggs into a bowl. If, like me, you don't trust self-raising flour, add a teaspoon of baking powder. Add a little vanilla or rosewater if you wish.
- Beat with your electric mixer until light and fluffy. Spoon into little paper cases in a tin, and bake for 10-15 minutes.
- To make the icing, gently heat a little milk and butter in a saucepan until the butter has melted. Gradually add some of it to icing sugar until you have a spreadable consistency.
- Add Smarties, or whatever suits. You may wish to raise your game with crystallized violets.
And now we wonder whether we could abandon the flour entirely and make these with custard powder alone. Bakers among you, what do you think?