I’ve made the usual almond bread many times as it always goes well with coffee after dinner, but this spicy version looks good and would work really well with a cheese platter.
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.
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.
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.