Melting moments

This recipe for melting moments is at least thirty years old. My sister-in-law gave it to me when both our children were in primary school and always hungry when they came in.


  • 3 oz caster sugar
  • 4 oz soft butter or margarine
  • 5 oz self-raising flour
  • 1/2 egg
  • approximately 2 oz porridge oats


Switch on oven to 180 C. Grease a flat baking tray – a swiss roll tin is perfect.

blend sugar and butter

Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and light. Add the egg and beat well.

add flour

Mix in the flour, making sure the flour is well blended into the mixture.

roll in oats

Using your hands take golf size pieces of the dough and form them into balls. This quantity makes between 10 and 12 melting moments – this time I made 11.

Coat the balls in rolled oats.

Place on the baking tray and flatten slightly.

put on baking tray

Lightly press half a cherry into the centre. I forgot to do this and added the cherries when the melting moments came out of the oven. The cherries didn’t stick so well 😉

Cook in the oven at 180 C for about 15-20 minutes until the melting moments are turning golden.

Cool on a wire rack.

cool on wire rack



Nannie Crumble

My grandchildren enjoy the apple crumble I make, but call it Nannie Crumble. Here’s how to create it.

Ingredients for crumble
Ingredients for crumble


  • 1 lb cooking apples
  • 3 oz sugar ( 2 oz for the puree, 1oz for the crumble)
  • 2 oz porridge oats
  • 2 oz self raising flour
  • 2 oz butter

Firstly make the apple puree for the crumble. Peel and roughly chop or slice two or three large cooking apples dropping them into water as you go to prevent them from browning.

When all the apples are chopped, take them out of the water and put them in a saucepan. Add some water to the bottom of the pan to prevent the apples sticking – depending on the variety of apple you may need more or less water. Add 2 oz sugar to sweeten the apples. Cook the apples on a medium heat until soft.

I then mash the apples using a potato masher. You can leave them in soft chunks if you prefer. Put the apples in a baking dish.

Pureed apples
Pureed apples

For this particular dish I used 15 ounces of cooked pureed apples that I had prepared from the apples on my fruit trees and frozen earlier this year.

While the apples are cooking you can prepare the crumble. In a basin put equal quantities (2 oz each) of porridge oats, self raising flour and chopped hard butter. You will also need to add sugar – I use half the quantity of sugar to the other ingredients as I do not like the crumble too sweet.

Oats, flour, sugar and butter for the crumble
Oats, flour, sugar and butter for the crumble

Rub the butter into the other ingredients rolling it between your thumbs and fingers until the whole mix is like large bread crumbs.

Rub the butter into the dry ingredients
Rub the butter into the dry ingredients

Sprinkle the crumble mix on top of the apples and bake in a hot oven (190C) for fifteen to twenty minutes until the crumble is golden.

Nannie Crumble ready to eat
Cooked Nannie Crumble

Eat either hot or cold with custard or cream or ice cream.

My grandchildren like eating the crumble cold with custard. I place the crumble in the middle of a dish making an island with the custard. Sometimes I add swishes of custard around the crumble so that it is a flower with custard petals. How do you like to eat it?