When my children were at primary school I helped put together a cookbook as a fundraiser. The school community were asked to send in contributions and we ended up with lots of great recipes. The mother who sent this one in added the note about it being a good ‘first baking’ cake and it definitely is. It’s been made many times in my household by both the kids and me. The added bonus is that it also tastes great.
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.
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.
Australia Day is only a couple of weeks away and how better to celebrate it than with lamb, pavlova and lamingtons. The lamingtons take a bit of patience to make yourself, but are much better than the bought variety. The conversion for this old recipe of Mum’s is: 8oz = 250ml, 4oz = 125g and the 9in square cake tin = 23cm.
We’ve been eating Mum’s Golden Syrup Dumplings for many, many years and I’ve already posted her recipe for them, but this is the first time I’ve seen a recipe for Raspberry Dumplings. It looks like it would work OK, it’s pretty much the same batter just with a jelly and jam sauce. I can just imagine the lovely pink that the sauce would go mixed with cream or ice cream. I know my pink loving granddaughter would think it wonderful.
When I first read this recipe I thought it was going to be a fairly standard apricot pudding, then I came to the addition of the cocoa and realized it was actually a Chocolate Upside Down Pudding. I then read on to ‘serve warm with custard or cream’ and decided I could eat a piece there and then – yummy.