Saturday, 30 May 2020

Passionfruit yo-yo biscuits

These passionfruit yo-yos were made months ago but it seems more like a lifetime ago that we were watching the Australian Open tennis with cheering crowds, eating summer fruit and taking biscuits into work morning teas.  I wonder what next summer will be like.

I have had passionfruit yo-yos on my to do list for some time.  Then in summer I had a bounty of passionfruit (from the shops) and a morning tea to bake for.  It was time.

Passionfruit yo-yos are one of those biscuits you would expect to see at an Australian afternoon tea or cake stall, probably hosted by the CWA.  Yo-yos are similar to melting moments.  The only difference I can see is that the former has cornflour and the latter has custard powder.  But I could not see anything such as passionfruit melting moments.

Before I started baking, I had a chat to my mum.  She makes a lot of yo-yos.  She said to put it all in the food processor.  So I did, before I remembered I was doubling the recipe so I had enough for work and a few over to send home to my mum and dad.  The mixture was pretty crumbly until I added the passionfruit.  My mum also persuaded me to use self raising flour rather than plain.  I think it was a good idea.  I forgot to add lemon zest but I think this or lime zest would be great.

Though I love custard powder in a melting moment I do love the name yo-yos.  There aren't many biscuits that look like childhood toys.  We loved a yo-yo when I was a kid.  I still find it fun when they are thrown into films and movies.  Here are a few examples:
  • Captain Holt on Brooklyn 99 was proud of arresting the Disco Strangler who used a yo-yo as his weapon of choice.
  • In the old-school classic Santa Claus is coming to town, Kris Kringle gives the Burgermeister a yo-yo which delights him for a moment until he remembers he has banned toys.
  • Bart in The Simpsons breaks the class fish tank with his yo-yo.
  • One of the James Bond villians, in Octopussy, was the Yo-Yo Thug who tried to attack James with the sharpest yo-yo I have ever seen.
  • Owen Wilson had a yo yo stunt double to do his tricks in Zoolander.

We made 7 dozen biscuits.  The is a lot of piping.  Sylvia and I had great fun making these.  She is very adept with piping buttercream to sandwich the biscuits together.  I liked these but did not love them.  I love melting moments that actually melt in your mouth.  These were not quite as buttery and short as I expected.  But they went down well as work.  I have missed our work morning teas but my colleagues have been a great support while working from home.  And there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon.  Yesterday, I saw them again for the first time since lockdown.  A group of us had a social distancing walk around the Carlton Gardens, because lockdown has eased enough that we could finally get together in a group of 10.  It makes me hopeful that morning teas will come again!

More passionfruit recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Apple, passionfruit and macadamia muffins (gf) 
Passionfruit and orange muffins (v)
Purple passionate pine pom juice (gf, v)
Strawberry and passionfruit icy poles (gf, v) 
Strawberry passionfruit muffin (v)
Tropical orange and carrot smoothie (gf, v) 

Passionfruit yo-yo biscuits
Adapted from Donna Hay
Makes about 18 sandwich biscuits

175g butter, softened
¾ cup (115g) icing (confectioner’s) sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon or lime zest
1 ¾ cup (265g) self raising flour
¼ cup (35g) cornflour, sifted
⅓ cup (80ml) passionfruit pulp (about 4)

Passionfruit buttercream:
125g butter, softened
1 cup (150g) icing (confectioner’s) sugar
¼ cup (60ml) passionfruit pulp (about 4)

Preheat oven to160 C.  Line a few baking trays with baking paper.

Sieve as much juice out of passionfruit pulp as possible.  Make buttercream first by beating (with electric beaters) the butter and icing sugar for 6-8 minutes until pale and creamy.  Beat in passionfruit juice.  Set aside.

To make biscuits, mix butter, icing sugar, lemon rind and flour in the food processor until almost coming together.  Mix in passionfruit pulp, including seeds.  If you have time to let the mixture set in the fridge or at room temp for 30-60 minutes it will be easier to handle but it is fine if not.  Roll 2 tsp of mixture into a ball and place on a lined oven tray.  Continue rolling balls of mixture and place about an inch apart on tray.  Flatten slightly with fork and gently remove fork to leave a mark.  Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.  (I did 12 minutes but found that 14 was better in making them crisp all the way through.)

Once biscuits are cool, pair biscuits of the same size, pipe or spoon about 1-2 tbsp of buttercream on one of the paid and press the second one top so there is about 3mm of buttercream in the middle.

On the Stereo:
The Sound of White: Missy Higgins


  1. I've never heard of them and now would love a couple with my tea please, the passionfruit filling especially appeals.

  2. Your yo-yos look great, even though they were not your favourite. You are lucky to grow your own passionfruit - they cost $1.70 each at present. I miss work morning teas and wonder when we’ll be able to have them again.

  3. They look lovely and sound like a great treat.

  4. Every time you mention passionfruit I am wildly envious, because there's none at all here, not even flavored syrup or jam. A friend orders syrup from a restaurant supply place, but I haven't gotten to that point. My experience with the flavor is all in Hawaii, where of course the plant grows like a weed.

    be well... mae at

  5. Hehe I love that you mentioned Brooklyn nine nine! That's one of my favourite shows :D

  6. I haven't made a melting moment in so long, but now they're all I want! In fact, it's been so long, I'd forgotten the custard powder. I don't think I've got any lying around either - maybe I need to try making yo-yos instead!

  7. If i can be a honest I dont know this reciple.


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