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Vanilla Biscuits

20 Aug

These are a family favourite and another one pot wonder.   My brother used to make these when we were teenagers.  To further illustrate how good these are:  I once made a batch and set them out on my coffee table for afternoon tea.  A family member (who will remain nameless) ‘popped in’ and ate the whole plateful.  She just couldn’t help herself they are just so moreish.

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp golden syrup
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Oven: preheat to 1.80.C

Method:

Place the first 5 ingredients into a saucepan until all melted. When cool, add flour sultanas and vanilla.  Roll into small balls and flatten with a fork.

Bake for about 10 mins or until slightly brown.

Comments:

Don’t worry if this mixture seems really greasy, it is mean’t to be like that.

You can of course be creative with this mixture try adding chocolate, cornflakes or any other dried fruit.

Adapted from: My Mum’s Cookbook, thanks again Mum!

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Chocolate, Fruit and Nut Slice

9 Aug

This really is, a one pot wonder.  It is so fast to make, I often whip up this slice to take to work meetings.  I find that people are a lot happier in meetings when they eat some home baking. My husband starts a new job this week and he is having lots of meetings so I think they will benefit from this scrummy slice.

Ingredients:

  • 150g butter
  • 2 Tbsp golden syrup
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup sultanas (or any dried fruit)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (or any nuts)

Oven: Set to 150.C

Method:

Melt the butter in a large saucepan then add the golden syrup.  Add all of the dry ingredients into the saucepan and mix well.  Press mixture into a paper lined slice tin.

Bake for 15 mins or until the top looks matt.  It will still look a bit shiny if it hasn’t cooked long enough.  Let cool then ice with chocolate icing.

Chocolate Icing:

  • 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • knob of butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • drop of vanilla essence (to taste)
  • hot water

Mix together with enough hot water to make a smooth icing.  Do not be afraid to add more water if too thick or more icing sugar if too watery.

Comments:

Use whatever size slice tin that you have.  The bigger the tin the thinner the slice.  If you want a think slice, use a smaller tin, it is up to you.  This slice is a great way to use up any dried fruit or nuts that you have sitting in the pantry.  I have used everything from almonds, brazil nuts, to dried cherries, currants, dried blueberries, dried cranberries and a combination of them all.

Adapted from: Sugar and Spice with Jo Seagar

Sultana Cake

6 Aug

This is one of my favourite cakes.  It is full of sultanas and I love the almond flavour. I just made this cake to take around to my good friends in Singapore who have just had their second child.  I hope they like it as much as I do!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sultanas
  • 250g butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp almond essence
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Oven: Turn oven to 160.c

Method:

Place sultanas in a saucepan and cover with water.  Bring to the boil then simmer for 15 mins.  This will make them nice and plump and juicy.  Drain thoroughly.  Add butter.  In a bowl beat sugar into eggs until well combined. Add sultana mixture and almond essence.  Sift flour and baking powder together.  Mix sifted ingredients into fruit mixture.  Use a spatular to place the mixture into a cake tin that has been covered with non-stick spray.

Bake for 1 1/4 hours.  After 1 hour use a skewer to check if it is cooked. If the skewer comes out clean it is done.

Comment:

This cake is full of fruit and flavour.  I have made it numerous times and it is always a hit with friends and family.  Next time I may experiment by using a bit of ground almond in with the flour because I just love the almond flavour.

Adapted from: Edmonds Cookery Book