WARM PEACH CAKE

I like the look of this dessert and can imagine it on a cold autumn night with lashings of thick cream. I can’t find a date on it, but the $5 cost makes me think that it isn’t too old. You should be able to make it for about that with canned peaches, but with the current price fresh ones would make it more expensive…..

QUINCES IN SPICED WINE SYRUP

When I was a kid stewed quinces appeared as a dessert each autumn. We didn’t have a quince tree so I’m guessing Mum was given them by a friend. Like most stewed fruit, Mum served them with a custard and ice cream, they needed a sweet topping as they were a bit tart. You don’t seem them around much these days, the only mention of quinces seems to be quince paste. If you do find some they’re worth trying out, either with spices like this recipe or stewed.

PEACH CRUMBLE

This is a very 70s dessert – one made with things you have in the cupboard. I only make dessert now when we have visitors, but Mum’s generation made one every night. She would have had tinned peaches, coconut, cornflakes, brown sugar, flour and canned cream, in the cupboard, so this was a good recipe to make at the end of her shopping week when fresh produce was running low.

CITRUS COINTREAU TORTE

Mum and Dad must have picked the brochure that this recipe is on when they were visiting Gardenworld, which is a very popular plant nursery here in Melbourne. The brochure has recipes for various citrus marmalades, orange cake, a citrus sorbet and surprisingly helpful household hints using lemon juice for cleaning such things as rust stains from the bath and stiffening a straw hat!!! Of the recipes I thought this was the most unusual and might be worth a try. What do you think?

BLACK FOREST FROZEN CHRISTMAS PUDDING

As well as not making a traditional Christmas Cake this year, I’m also not going to make a traditional boiled Christmas Pudding. I’ve decided to make a frozen one. I thought I’d make one I’ve made a few times before, but then I found this recipe and now might change my mind. It can be made as late as Christmas Eve and although it says to freeze it in a lamington tray, I sure if you put it in a bowl lined with plastic wrap when you turn it out – bingo you’ve got a Christmas pudding. You could even cover it in chocolate and decorations if you wanted to.