BANANA CARAMEL PIE

I was looking for a nice warming winter dessert when I found this recipe.  It’s probably best served cold, but it might work warm or at least not straight out of the fridge.

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SHEARERS STEW AND DUMPLINGS

On a cold winter’s day in Melbourne the idea of a lamb stew for dinner is very appealing.  I love the name of this one that was published by the Herald Sun back in July 1992 – not quite sure that a shearer ever made it, but you never know it’s certainly hearty enough.

TOPSY-TURVY APRICOT PUDDING

When I first read this recipe I thought it was going to be a fairly standard apricot pudding, then I came to the addition of the cocoa and realized it was actually a Chocolate Upside Down Pudding.  I then read on to ‘serve warm with custard or cream’ and decided I could eat a piece there and then – yummy.

ECCLES CAKES

All I’ve ever known about Eccles cakes is that they are English.  So when I found this recipe I thought I’d better find out a bit more about them.  Good old Wikipedia tells me that ‘Eccles cakes are named after the English town of Eccles. It is not known who invented the recipe, but James Birch is credited with being the first person to sell Eccles cakes commercially, from his shop in the town centre in 1793″.  Any fans of the 1950s Goon Show will also know that Eccles was a character played by Spike Milligan – an amiable, well-meaning man with no wits or understanding, in other words a bit of an idiot.  So the humble Eccles Cake has quite a history.