i can’t believe that it has taken me until now to write about sponge kisses! this recipe has been in my family for years. i’m sure it’s a childhood favourite for most of my cousins.
the sponge kisses recipe was given to my mum by her cousin frances. [back then these delightful little treats were called powder puffs.]
when mum made sponge kisses for the family functions, the sweet treats were a massive hit. (if i do remember correctly a family member had 7 sponge kisses in one night – it may have been more but whatever the number was, she had a lot of them!)
i’ve since made these sponge kisses many times – for parties and for work functions. needless to say, they were popular. i made these recently for a friend’s birthday – hence this blog post :)
1 oz plain flour
2 oz cornflour
1 level teaspoon cream of tartar
pinch of salt
2 eggs (separated)
2 1/2 oz sugar
1/2 level teaspoon bi-carb soda
1) sift flour, rising ingredients and salt 3 times.
2) beat egg whites until very stiff.
(the nifty gadget is courtesy of my sister-in-law.)
3) gradually add sugar, beating well,
and then add yolks one at a time.
4) fold in sifted flours.
5) place teaspoonful on greased oven tray
(leave room in between because they do spread)
and bake in 200c oven for 8 mins.
note: i always use a metal spatula to take the sponges off the tray.
when the sponges have cooled down, pair them up to make sure the 2 halves are similar in size.
6) fill between two sponges with cream and jam.
7) decorate with icing sugar.
note: to prevent the sponge kisses from getting too soft, fill them with the jam and cream two hours before serving.
(they can be made gluten free simply by substituting the plain flour with gluten free plain flour.)
the sponge kisses are so light, very delicate and will melt-in-your-mouth. it’s a very easy recipe so why not try it for your next dinner party or afternoon tea.
“what do you call that, darl?”
“beautiful. and what’s that stuff on top?”
“icing sugar!” ~ darryl and sal kerrigan, from the movie ‘the castle’, (1997)