RICE PUDDING with WARM FRUIT COMPOTE

What makes this rice pudding recipe different is the use of Doongara rice and low fat and low sugar ingredients. It has Diabetes Australia approval. Doongara rice is a low GI Australian rice, which is said to be ‘ruin-proof,’ as it can be cooked for up to 5 minutes longer than the recommended cooking time and still result in fluffy grains. It’s a quick and easy dessert and especially good for those watching their sugar intake.

PEARS IN VALENCIA ORANGE SAUCE

Autumn is a great time for pears here in Victoria. Of course, they’re a great fruit to eat raw, but if you want to jazz them up for dessert this is a nice easy recipe to try. Use a skewer to check that they’re tender though as you want them nice and soft, with lots of sauce and lashings of cream and almonds.

PLUM SPONGE PUDDING

I’ve always wondered why Plum Puddings are called that when there aren’t plums in them. The recipe however does have plums and now’s a good time to make it while there’s still lots of lovely fresh plums in the shops. Sadly it doesn’t come with a picture, but depending on the plums you use it should look and taste pretty good.

CANTALOUP/ROCKMELON AND STRAWBERRY DESSERT

Cantaloup or Rockmelon, what do you call it? As a Victorian I call it cantaloup, but my husband a New South Welshman calls it rockmelon. It doesn’t matter what you call it, it tastes good and combined with strawberries and cream makes a cool and simple summer dessert.

APRICOT BAVARIAN PIE – No Bake

There’s no date on the magazine page this recipe is on, but I can tell it’s as early as the 1960s in a few ways. Firstly, the paper is really old, secondly the pie dish size is in inches and not centimeters and lastly the silver dish is very similar to one I was given as a wedding present in 1971. Despite it’s age it looks quite a luscious way to use tinned apricots. (Pie dish conversion 20-22cm.)

BAKED RASPBERRY ALMOND CHEESECAKE – Gluten Free

In the past the cheesecakes I made all had a biscuit base, usually Marie biscuits. These days, with my husband being among those who don’t tolerate gluten, I’ve started looking for gluten free alternatives. Gluten free ginger biscuits work really well, but I thought this recipe, which was published by the Women’s Weekly in 1999 was interesting. It uses Amaretti macaroons and brown rice – I’m going to give it a go next time I’m making a cheesecake.

CREAMED RICE WITH MANGO – Gluten Free

As a Christmas fundraiser I bought a tray of lovely mangoes intending to take them to our family Christmas in NSW. Like many families around the country those plans were thrown into chaos and we spent Christmas here in Melbourne. We love mangoes, but we still have quite a few left. This could be a good gluten-free way to enjoy them.

TARTUFO ICE CREAM CHRISTMAS PUDDING

The frozen Christmas pudding I usually make has an ice cream base. This one is a little bit different, it still has decadent brandy soaked fruit, but also has lashings of cream, some white chocolate and meringue. I’ve already made a boiled pudding for this year, but think I might give this one a go next year.