. A great title for this day and age, especially with the state of the economy and all our purse strings pulling tighter.
I was excited to have a good read of this cookbook. I was expecting great things from it.
It starts off with some great tips on preserving fruit, vegetables and herbs. There are energy saving tips, ways to use leftovers and ideas to make meals go further. And ...... then come the recipes.
I have to tell you I felt deflated and disappointed when I got to them. I don't know what I was expecting, as these are billed as Grandma's recipes, so there wasn't ever going to be any ground-breaking, stylish dishes, but still I was disappointed. There might be some great family dishes if you are a meat eater, but none of the veggie or vegetable dishes inspired me at all.
I might have given up at this point, but I carried on reading until I got to the jewel in the crown. First a chapter called Desserts and then on to Bread, Cakes, Biscuits and other Treats.
You just can't beat traditional cakes and biscuits. If you need a spot of comfort food, you won't find anything nicer than one of Grandma's puddings.
I would recommend buying this book for these chapters alone. I still wasn't convinced after my first read, but I find myself picking it up again and again. I've also had requests for the recipe from my mum and her friend Margaret. So I am actually going to end on a high note and say this book is worth buying for the Tips, Desserts, Baking and the Basics at the end of the book.
Here are a few of the traditional sweet and baked recipes:
- Chocolate Pudding in Teacups
- Jam Roly Poly
- Plum Cobbler
- Baked Custard
- Apple Strudel
- Irish Soda Bread
- Big Fruity Tea Bun
- Date & Walnut Loaf
- Devil's Food Cake
- Grandma's Never-Fail Sponge
- Jam Drop Biscuits
- Gingersnap Biscuits
- Melting Moments
- Gingerbread Men
- Coconut Macaroons
Vegetarian Recipe Count 113 out of 200 recipes (with a change of stock in a couple of recipes)
Vegan Recipe Count 22 out of 200 recipes
Publisher: Reader's Digest
Published: 4 Oct 2011
Size: 25.4 x 19.6 x 2.8 cm
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|The gingerbread is also great slathered in butter.|
Treacle Gingerbread Loaf
A sticky, gingery slice of cake heaven, that is a real easy bake.
For a real treat, slather in butter.
For a real treat, slather in butter.
- 185g plain flour
- 110g self raising flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 3 tsp mixed spice
- 140g soft brown sugar
- 250g black treacle
- 185ml milk
- 80ml olive oil
- 2 large eggs
1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4. Grease a 10cm x 20cm x7cm (1lb) loaf tin and line with baking parchment or greaseproof paper, ensuring that the paper extends 3cm above tin. (I used a loaf tin insert, which didn't rise above the tin and it was fine)2.Sift the flours, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and mixed spice in a large bowl. Stir in the sugar until well combined. Whisk the treacle, milk, olive oil and eggs in a jug. Add to the flour and stir until just combined.3. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a cake skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and allow it to cool completely.Variation: If you like, you can use golden syrup instead of black treacle.
Yield: 1 loaf cake
Disclosure Statement: I received this book free from the publisher to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.