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.

GINGERNUT FUDGE (NO BAKE) – Gluten Free

Mum and Dad both belonged to the Keysborough Bowls Club back in the day, which is where this little Simple Slice Recipe book comes from. I was surprised looking through the recipes to come across this one, because it can so easily be converted to gluten free. The range of GF biscuits is growing, but the one that holds its consistency best from all that I’ve tried is the Gingernut ones. I use them for cheesecake bases and they work perfectly. I’m pleased that I can now try them in this recipe.

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.