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Virgins’ breasts

You'll need

  Icing 375 ml (1½ cups) milk 55 gm (¼ cup) sugar 35 gm (¼ cup) cornflour ¾ tsp vanilla extract 1 piece lemon rind, removed with a peeler 40 gm (¼ cup) coarsely chopped candied orange ½ tsp ground cinnamon 320 gm (2 cups) pure icing sugar, sifted 8 candied cherries   Pastry 225 gm unsalted butter, softened 80 gm caster sugar 1 egg yolk 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind 475 gm plain flour


  • 01
  • In a heavy-based saucepan, whisk together milk, sugar, cornflour and ½ tsp vanilla and lemon rind. Place over medium heat and, whisking constantly, bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a minute, then remove from heat and cool. Stir through candied orange and cinnamon and set aside until required.
  • 02
  • For pastry, cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer, then add egg yolk and beat to combine. Stir in lemon rind, ¼ tsp salt, flour and 50ml water and knead gently until a soft dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Roll out dough to about 3mm thick on a lightly floured work surface, then cut out 8 circles using an 8cm-diameter cutter and 8 circles using a 10cm-diameter cutter. Spoon ¼ cup of custard mixture into the centre of each 8cm circle to create a mound. Brush edges with water and place the larger pastry circles on top, pressing edges to seal. Place on baking paper-lined oven trays and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • 04
  • Whisk together icing sugar, 2 tbsp boiling water and remaining vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Spoon icing over cooled pastries and place a cherry on top. Biscuits will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

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May 2007

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