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.

LIME MOUSSES WITH RASPBERRY COULIS

When I was growing up everyone had a lemon tree in their backyard. No one would have thought of having a lime tree, but like many people we now have one as well as the lemon in ours. Hopefully we’ll have enough of a crop this year to be able to make this luscious dessert.

PASSIONFRUIT BUTTER

Every time I eat passionfruit it reminds me of when I was young. Growing up our back fence was covered in a passionfruit vine. In spring the vine was covered in beautiful flowers and in summer luscious fruit. My brothers and I used to pick them, eat them and then to hide our sin, throw the skins as far as we could onto the garage roof – not something our father was very happy about. Luckily there was still heaps for Mum to pick and to use to top sponges with, put in fruit salad and to make this passionfruit butter. Note: 8oz = 250g, 4oz = 125g

PEACH AND PASSIONFRUIT TIRA-MI-SU

We’re still a few months off luscious ripe peaches or nectarines being in season, but I think you could substitute tinned peaches in this recipe if you want to make it now.  Tinned peaches mightn’t be quite as good, but I think you’d still end up with a pretty good tiramisu dessert.