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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Custard Kisses Recipe

One of my favourite cooks is Aunty Joy. I began collecting recipes from her about 40 years ago. She used to have a farm and like most farmers wives' she was an excellent cook. Just give her a few basic ingredients and she could turn out the most delicious recipes. This is a recipe that I got from her about 35 years ago and I used to make them all the time for my kids, who just loved them. I am still making them and they still are popular with whoever I make them for. They are just so simple and easy to make and you will like them as much as I do, once you have tried them. They are a cross between a biscuit and a cake and best eaten within a couple of days; if they last that long.


1 cup SR flour
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons custard powder
1 egg
few drops vanilla essence
little milk


Preheat oven to 180C. Grease an oven tray lightly.
Cream butter and sugar.
Add egg and lightly beat.
Sift flour and custard powder and add to mixture.
Add a little milk to combine but mixture must remain thick.
Drop in heaped teaspoons onto tray and cook in oven for about 20 minutes or until cooked.
Remove from oven and ice with a little vanilla icing while still hot. this is just to glaze them but not to overpower them.

1 tablespoon butter - melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup icing sugar
few drops of milk to make the icing thin

Sticky Date Pudding Recipe

This has to be one of my all time favourite pudding recipes. The first time I ever tasted this was at a luncheon at the ladies group at church where my mum went. One of the ladies there named Jeanette was the best cook I had come across and she always made something that everyone wanted the recipe for. I don't know if she made this pudding but it tastes like something she would have made. One of my favourite winneries, down south from Dunsborough serves this up and whenever I go there, I have to have it as it is just so delicious. Try this recipe and I am sure you will love it as much as I do. This recipe is to serve 20 people so you could halve it and still have enough to serve a large dinner party.


4 cups chopped pitted dates
4 cups water
1 teaspoon bi carb soda
175g butter - at room temperature (do not use margarine)
2 1/4 cups brown sugar - firmly packed
6 eggs
3 cups SR flour
thick pure cream to serve (alternatively use vanilla ice cream)


3 cups brown sugar - firmly packed
3 cups cream
250g butter - chopped
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons orange rind - shredded


Grease a 25 x 35cm baking dish and line base and sides with baking or greasproof paper.
Combine dates and water in a large saucepan and bring to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in the bi-carb soda and let stand for about 5 minutes.
Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until well combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in sifted flour, then the date mixture. Pour into prepared dish.
Cook in a moderately slow oven of 160C for about 1 1/4 hours or until cooked when tested. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.

SAUCE: Combine all ingredients in a large pan and stire over a low heat, without boiling until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil then simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes.
Serve pudding hot with the hot sauce poured over and some cream or vanilla ice cream over the top.