One of the best things about summer is that stone fruit is in season and, as this recipe says, that makes it the right time to make this delicious Italian dessert.
This is a fairly traditional recipe for a Christmas pudding and gives instructions about tying off the top of the pudding bowl with string. Mum always made a string handle to make it easier to lift out of the boiling water. Easy to do – lay a double thickness of string, long enough to go about 10cm over each side, across the bowl and catch it in when you tie around the bowl, then tie the overlap to secure the handle.
This is an early version of homemade Chinese chicken and almonds, before woks were a common household utensil, before you could buy a chicken already cooked from the supermarket and before you could buy cooked rice from the freezer or shelf. A great example of how things have changed in the last 40+ years.
These meatballs have lots of spices added, but the fruit (dried apricots and dried prunes), almonds and honey are really what give the dish its Moroccan flavour – and of course the couscous.
This recipe is in a little pullout booklet from New Idea entitled Wicked Chocolate …. great name. At first I thought it was just a souffle with custard, but then I got to the “cook until firm, allow to cool, remove from moulds and serve with sauce”, so it’s more of a dumpling than a souffle.
I’ve filled chicken breasts with ham and Swiss cheese and baked them, but I’ve never coated them in almonds and Swiss cheese. Now I’ve found this recipe I’m going to give it a try. I think I’ll line the tray with baking paper though to stop them sticking.
This is one of those pies where you combine all the ingredients, pour them into a pie dish and hey presto when you take it out of the oven the coconut, sugar & flour have risen to the surface to make a crust. The strawberry and blueberry filling is a little unusual though and the almonds on top add a lovely crunch.
It’s turning into a long, hot Australian summer, so what better time to make ice cream. I reckon Mum read this recipe on the label of a can of Nestle Sweetened Condensed Milk, thought it sounded good and decided to make it for Dad.
This is makes a great dessert served warm or cold with lashings of cream or ice cream.
If you were publishing this recipe today you’d probably rename is Frangipane Apricot Tarts. It’s a classic case of ‘everything old being new again’. Whatever you want to call them you still end up with a some yummy tasting tarts.