The cheesy pastry base in this recipe is filled with mashed potato, bacon, spring onions, creamed corn and more cheese, which sounds like a great combination. It doesn’t say so, but I’m assuming they mean for you to heat it hot, although cold the next day might be interesting as well.
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.
In Mum’s time lamb was a cheap and tasty meat to use, but with the cost of racks of lamb at what they are today if you’re going to cook them you might just as well push the boat out and add a great topping. I don’t think you can go wrong with this mustard, garlic and soy sauce combo spread on top.
I’ve been watching contestants on recent cooking shows struggling to successfully make doughnuts and thinking that it was a new dessert, that is until I found this old recipe in Mum’s collection. It made me look up the meaning of Oliebollen and Wikipedia describes them as “a traditional Dutch and Belgian food. They are called oliebollen in the Netherlands, while in Belgium they are also called smoutebollen and croustillons in French. In English they are more commonly known as Dutch Doughnuts or Dutchies.” Whatever the name they taste great, just hope you have more success with them than some of the contestants.