Nana’s Yo-yos

Yo-yos are family lore.  My Nana Gaye can make them perfectly and no-one else can get them right even though they are, to be frank, the most straight-forward cookies in terms of ingredients and method.  They’re sweet and very, very short and therefore deliciously snappy.

In order to annoy myself, I decided I’d have a go.  Obviously it was a farce.

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Pre-heat the oven to moderate, about a low Gas Mark 4 or so.

Get together :-

9 tablespoons plain flour

9 tablespoons butter (about 1 250g block and another 175g or so)

3 tablespoons custard powder (the above, Nurses, is the stuff of West Australian legend, these have never been made with any other custard powder so I take no responsibility for your failures if you don’t bother going to WA to get some of this before attempting this recipe)

3 tablespoons icing sugar

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The butter must be softened but NOT melted.  Chuck the dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk together, then add the butter.  It’ll look like a lot of butter.  That’s cause it is a lot of butter.

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Mix together.  Nana uses a whizz, I used my handbeaters which, at the above stage, were moaning like small children do halfway through school holidays.  Keep going.  It’ll combine eventually.  I imagine if you had a KitchenAid or similar this bit would be easy.

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This is how things looked at my place when I’d got to the properly combined stage.

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Anyway it should be a beautifully pale gold pasty and dryish mix, very satisfying when taken raw, a teaspoonful at a time.

Get yourself a saucer of flour and a fork.  Sort the baking trays with a bit of greasing and some baking paper.

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Flouring your palms each time, roll out teaspoon-sized balls and place on the tray, about yea apart, then with the floured fork press gently a little way down, on each bikkie.

Nana puts a slivered almond or a chopped up glace cherry on hers.  I had some sprinkles or some gold and silver food spray to hand, so I decided to leave these unsullied this time around.

Stick in the oven for about 10-12 mins, depending on your oven, and rotating as required if your oven is shit.  AS MINE IS.

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Voila!

They are well yum with cold glasses of milk or hot cups of other stuff.

I’ve just offloaded a few to visitors and am instantly regretting my generosity.

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2 thoughts on “Nana’s Yo-yos

  1. fourstar says:

    Is that an African tablespoon or a European tablespoon?

    *ducks*

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