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Published April 22nd 2020
You won't stop at one
Do you have a favourite baked treat that your Grandma used to make, when you were a kid? Did it instantly make you feel warm and loved? Grandma's have the best recipes, as they have been tried and tested and passed down through the generations. My Grandma's recipe book had the old favourites such as scones, Bread and Butter Pudding, shortbread and tarts - however, these recipes below, are the ones I remember the most. They are completely full of sugar, but they taste oh-so-good! Which one(s) will you try?

After School Slice

Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 cups oats, 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour, 1 cup of your favourite dried mixed fruits (she used chopped apricots and sultanas), 3/4 cup raw sugar, 2 Tablespoons margarine, 2 Tablespoons honey and 1/2 cup water.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, fan forced. Line a rectangle tin with baking paper. In a medium bowl, add the oats, flour, mixed fruits and sugar. In a microwave-safe container, add the margarine, honey and water. Microwave at 30 second intervals until margarine has melted. Mix into the bowl and combine with dry ingredients. Spoon into the baking tin and cook for 15 - 20 minutes, until browned on top. Leave in the tin to cool, then turn out onto cooling rack. When cool, slice into squares. Store in an airtight container.

Fresh Lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 cup real lemon juice (from 4 - 6 lemons) and 3 - 4 cups of water.

Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar has dissolved completely. Add the sugar water and fresh lemon juice to a clear, pretty jug. Add 3 - 4 cups of water to dilute. Refrigerate until ready to drink. If it tastes too sweet, add more lemon. If it tastes too strong, add more water.

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Grandma's Boiled Fruit Cake

Ingredients: 1 cup raw sugar, 2 Tablespoons butter, 1 cup dried mixed fruit, 2 cups water, 2 cups plain flour (sifted), 1 cup self-raising flour (sifted), 3 teaspoons mixed spice and a pinch of bi-carb soda.

In a medium saucepan, boil together sugar, dried mixed fruit, water and butter, until butter has melted. Allow to cool. Preheat oven to 200 degrees fan-forced. In a bowl, combine both flours, mixed spice and bi-carb soda. Stir in cooled wet mixture. Do not over-mix. Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes. Half-way through cooking, cover the cake with foil to prevent burning on the top. Turn out onto a cooling rack and enjoy warm with a dob of butter.

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Mmmm...Grandma's Boiled Fruit Cake

Wholemeal Choc Chip Cookies

Ingredients: 2 cups plain wholemeal flour, 2 cups milk choc bits, 3/4 cup raw sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 200g margarine, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. In a large bowl, beat the sugars, margarine, egg and vanilla essence until combined. Add the flour and bicarb soda and stir. Add the choc bits and mix together with your hands. Place a 1 tablespoon of cookie dough on the baking tray and flatten slightly. Bake for 10 minutes until browned on the outside, but still soft in the middle. Cool on trays and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Jam Drops

Ingredients: 2 cups self-raising flour, 1 cup desiccated coconut, 1 cup caster sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup milk and 1/3 cup strawberry jam.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Combine flour, coconut and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir in oil and milk and mix well. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into mounds and arrange on two lined baking trays, leaving large gaps between each one to spread. Push a hole into the top of each one with the bottom of a teaspoon and spoon 1/2 a teaspoon of jam into the hole. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until browned on the edges. Allow to cool on tray.

Nothing beats Grandma's cooking! In each of these recipes, you can taste the most important ingredient - love.

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Why? Comfort food, made with love
When: All year around
Where: Make at home
Cost: Budget friendly recipes
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