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Heather's blue-ribbon yo-yo biscuits

(named after my neighbour Heather, who is an AMAZING baker!)


170g butter, softened

4 tablespoons of icing sugar

1.5c plain flour

5 tablespoons custard powder

- Preheat oven to 180 degrees (or 160 fan forced).

- Cream butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Add sifted flour and custard powder.

- Mix well. 

- Roll teaspoons of mixture into small balls, place on greased or lined trays.

- Push down with a fork.

- Bake 10-15 mins until golden. Cool well before icing.

- Match up similar sizes and sandwich together with stiff icing made from icing sugar, a teaspoon of melted butter and water.


Tip #1- If mixture seems too dry after all ingredients are combined, or you're overly generous in your dry ingredient measurements, just mix in a little melted butter until dough is moist enough to form a ball.

Tip #2 - For show events, I weigh the dough so the biscuits are uniformly 15 grams, and pipe the icing onto the biscuit. For home I just dab the icing on with a spoon and nobody dares complain!


Serve with love!

Five fast minutes with Kerri Turner

Which jelly bean do you eat first, and which one do you leave til last? Red first, black last (or not at all!).


Favourite line from one of your novels? "Do you think it's possible to have been lonely your whole life, only not know it?" - The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers.


Did you do anything special with your advance? I bought a good ergonomic chair to sit in while writing future books. The rest of the advance helped fund a trip to Russia, which enabled me to complete and enhance my research for The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers, which was set in St Petersburg/Petrograd.


You’re snowed in on the side of the Swiss Alps with access to only one novel and one electronic device. Which do you choose?  War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, because it being my only book would mean that I'd finally read the entire thing. And my laptop so I could keep writing.


Which fictional hero would like to be swept off your feet by? Freddy Standen from Georgette Heyer's Cotillion. He's not your typical romantic hero, but by the end of the book I was definitely more than a little in love with him!


Favourite book so far for 2020? I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Gulliver's Wife by Lauren Chater, which is coming out in April. I think it's going to be a big hit with readers.


Podcast recommendation? There are a lot of fantastic writing and book-related podcasts, but when I want to unwind and relax it's Deck the Hallmark I listen to - a trio of men who watch, recap, and review Hallmark's Christmas romance movies. I'm a total sucker for those movies, so it's really fun to listen to their perspectives and discussion.


Best one-line sentence from one of your book reviews? 'My heart was captured by every page and I couldn't sleep until I had finished.' From Aleisha in QLD on the Better Reading website in a review for The Daughter of Victory Lights.


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