SPICY ALMOND BREAD

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.

 

 

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TOMATO JAM – Two Versions

When I was growing up our backyard in summer always had rows of tomato plants covered with fruit.  Sadly I don’t think that’s the case in backyards any more, but if you do happen to have an abundance of tomatoes you might like to try making either of these two tomato jam recipes.

LAMINGTONS

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.

TOPSY-TURVY APRICOT PUDDING

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.

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.