I’ve included this recipe because it brings back a lot of memories. Gem scones are a cross between a scone and a muffin, but sadly impossible to cook unless you have a gem iron, which I don’t think you can buy these days.  My cast iron gem iron was made for me by a friend of Mum & Dad’s, when he made one for Mum.  The secret of cooking them is to get the iron super hot so that the mixture sizzles when you drop it in.  They taste great and finding this recipe now makes me want to cook a batch again.



Australia Day is only a couple of weeks away and how better to celebrate it than with lamb, pavlova and lamingtons.  The lamingtons take a bit of patience to make yourself, but are much better than the bought variety.  The conversion for this old recipe of Mum’s is: 8oz = 250ml, 4oz = 125g and the 9in square cake tin = 23cm.


My experience of these type of coffee cakes is that they don’t last long.  Firstly, they taste good and get eaten quickly and secondly they dry out and can’t be kept more than a day or so.  Not sure if there’s anything French about them, but I do know it’s the topping that makes them so good.

This recipe comes from the back of a 1970s White Wings Plain Flour packet so you need to do some metric conversions.  1oz = 30ml, 2oz = 60ml and the pan size converts to a 15cm tin.  Enjoy!!


When my children were little I used to make a Chocolate Ripple Cake as the base for their birthday cakes.  The recipe I made was the same as this one, but without the spice.  The cake always taste good, although when I look back at the photos I can see that my decoration, while enthusiastic, could hardly be described as a work of art……