A couple of weeks ago my parents had a garage sale and I came across some super-special recipes….
Now, I don’t talk much about my family here, nor do I put up photos- I just think family is private and if they wanted to be on the internet, they’d tell me.
But this I had to share.
On my wedding day, my parents gifted me a beautiful ring that I’ve loved from young, which belonged to my late grandmother Joan (on the inside it is engraved ‘Love Grandma Joan – 28.03.2015’. So special and I wear it every day). I never got to meet grandma Joan as she passed just before my parents found out they were pregnant with me, but everyone speaks so fondly of her calm and gentle nature. I always think of her, even if we never met.
A couple of weeks ago my parents held a garage sale. All sorts of stuff was there, including many toys from when I was a child (I took cabbage patch, my original very well-loved Humphrey and my Barbie’s home). But even more special than my childhood favourites – recipe books that used to belong to my grandmother.
Special enough, right? But a quick flick through these books and I found something even more special – recipes handwritten by my late grandmother! There’s lamb recipes, a scallop mornay, ‘Kath’s Sultana Cake’ and these delicious fruit & nut biscuits (which I had to make first as they contained little butter, were made with wholemeal flour and sweetened with honey).
They were delicious and now, along with the other recipes I found, will remain very special to me.
I have written the recipe exactly as Grandma Joan did all those years ago…
- 20g butter
- ⅓ cup sultanas
- ⅓ " chopped nuts (I used pecans and macadamias)
- ½ " wholemeal plain flour
- 1 egg yolk
- ⅓ cup honey
- Beat butter, add egg yolk, fruit + nuts
- Pour in honey,stir well
- Spread in lamington tin
- Bake 20 mins cut in fingers when cool
I recommend doubling the recipe as it filled only half of a 15 x 15 cm pan, and I baked them at 180c for the recommended 20 minutes. I also lined my pan with baking paper.
They are sweet, moreish and taste much richer than the ingredients suggest. They were actually delicious with the last drops of red wine after an indulgent antipasto style dinner with my parents last week. I am so, so happy to have found these recipes. I want to frame them!
I will be sure to share more of grandma Joan’s recipes with you when I get the chance to try them…
Oh, and my Nonna taught me how she cooks artichokes last week, so I will definitely share that soon, too! Grandparents are so special.
Be sure to let me know if you try Grandma Joan’s biscuits & have a wonderful Sunday,