Memories and baking!
My Maternal Grandma was a farmers wife and a wonderful cook!
As I have said before she taught me everything I know about Crafting!
She was born in 1900 and her birthday was on the 5th of December.
So, of course I am thinking of her as a new month begins!
She ALWAYS had a cake in the tin, biscuits in the jar and a pie or pasty in the pantry!
So this morning I remembered her biscuits and found the old recipe!
I so remember being allowed to do the rolling and cutting but not the watching in the oven as I was such a daydreamer they would burn!!
Here is her recipe and it makes so many biscuits!
8 ounces of butter softened-- no Margarine was allowed near her baking!
5 Ounces of caster sugar.
1 Egg Yolk
10 ounces of Plain Flour!
Mix the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until creamy. Add the egg yolk and mix well.Add sieved flour and mix well
Roll til required thickness and cook in the oven for 15 minutes or until pale golden. Re-roll scraps to get the maximum amount of yummy biscuits!
The oven today would need to be 160 degrees.
I guess you could add all sorts of flavourings but this was the recipe Grandma used.
Enough for us.
One for Salome,the little Spanish girl who lives next door.
And enough for a little gift!
Something else she taught me was never to have the oven on for just one thing so next to the biscuit recipe was her recipe for a Boil and Bake Cake!
1 Cup of water
4 ounces of Butter
1 tablespoon of syrup
2 Cups of dried fruit.
1 teaspoon of mixed spice.
1 teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda.
3/4 cup of sugar.
Boil all these ingredients for 5 minutes.
Cool the mixture
1 beaten egg
2 cups of Self Raising Flour
Bake for approximately 1 and a quarter hours in a Moderate oven -- 160 degrees.
Or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Wow! The house smelt lovely and it was so easy to remember Grandma as I was baking.
Wouldn't it be lovely if you could just have them back for an hour or two and have a little walk down Memory Lane together!