SPICY LAMB AND COUSCOUS PIE

This recipe comes from an Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Pies without Pastry’ liftout dated August 1994.  I love the first paragraph explaining what couscous is and where you can buy it.  It was obviously a very new ingredient back then, quite a contrast to how easy it is to find in every supermarket now.

PLUM CLAFOUTI

Claufouti – a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter – that’s the official definition anyway.  This recipe was published in the Woman’s Day sometime ago, but I only started making it more recently.  It’s a terrific dinner party dessert, because you can prepare it beforehand and then put it in the oven while you’re eating the main course.  I don’t bother with the cinnamon sticks, I just serve it with some cream and icecream and everyone seems to like it.

TEA CAKE

I’ve always thought that a Tea Cake was a cake which can be made quickly just before visitors arrive and eaten fresh and warm with a cup of tea or coffee.  Cakes made like this don’t keep well and are really best eaten the day their made.

Tea Cake

TEA CAKE

  • 1 large cup self raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons soft margarine
  • ½ cup milk

Beat on high speed 3-4 minutes.  Place mixture in large cake tin (200ml).  Bake moderate oven 180o for about 30 minutes.  Turn out while still hot and spread with butter.  Mix together 2 teaspoons coconut, 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and spread on cake.

DUTCH TART

I have no idea how this got the name ‘Dutch’ tart, it’s one of the mysteries of Mum’s old recipes.  It’s made in a swiss roll tin, a tray that has slightly raised edges (about 2 to 3cm deep) and has dimensions of roughly 23 x 33xm, so it’s hardly a tart, more of a slice really, but who can argue with their Mother….

Dutch Tart

DUTCH TART

Rub 60g butter into 1 cup plain flour.  Mix to a stiff paste with milk.  Roll out to fit swiss roll tin.  Spread with raspberry jam.  Top with cake mixture.

Cake mixture:  5 tablespoons butter, ½ cup sugar, 1 cup self raising flour, ½ cup milk, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon mixed spice, 1 tablespoon chopped dates, 1 tablespoon sultanas, 2 tablespoons walnuts.  Cream butter & sugar.  Add sifted flour and spices, mix in dried fruits and walnuts and milk.  Spread on top of pastry.  Bake moderate oven 180o for 30 mins.  When cool spread over lemon icing.

SPICED BANANA PUDDING

Thel was one of Mum’s golfing friends and a very good cook, there’s a few of her recipes scattered throughout Mum’s collection.  This banana pudding would have appealed to Mum as she and Dad both liked bananas, there were always some in the fruit bowl.  This pudding would have been a good way to use up those that had ripened just a little too much.

Spiced Banana Pudding

SPICED BANANA PUDDING

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 bananas
  • extra butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind

Sift flour, baking powder and salt, add half the sugar.  Fold in beaten egg mixed with milk and melted butter.  Pour into greased slab tin, top with banana slices, brush with extra melted butter.  Mix balance of sugar with orange rind and cinnamon, sprinkle over bananas.  Bake in mod oven 30-35 mins.  Serve hot or cold with cream or ice cream.