Mum’s best recipes
We came across my mother’s recipe book – a plain hard-covered notebook with the words GOOD RECIPES on the cover – tucked away at the back of the kitchen drawer. It had been a while since Mum had done any baking.
Once upon a time, the pages must have been organised alphabetically like an address book. But Mum didn’t worry too much about that. Her recipe book is jam-packed full of step-by-step instructions for making everything from Anzac biscuits to yoyos. The faded covers are bulging with hundreds of handwritten recipes jotted on the backs of envelopes and scraps of paper torn from notebooks.
And they’re all delicious! We can vouch for that. Our mum was right to be proud of her pavlova and her melting moments, her cupcakes and her ginger crunch.
When we were kids, Mum’s baking was part of everyday life – a piece of coconut crunch or a couple of peanut brownies for morning tea (‘play lunch’), a piece of banana bread after school, and weekend treats like carrot cake or date scones. And of course there was always something available to offer those unexpected visitors.
Now we’d like to offer Mum’s recipes to everyone who appreciates home cooking. You can rely on these recipes – they’ve stood the test of time.
Some borrowed ones. . .
Ever since we decided it was time we shared Mum’s recipes with the new generations of home bakers out there, we’ve had people saying to us, hey, we’ve got some wonderful old family favourites too. So there’s a selection of other people’s recipes included as well, and we thought the best way to honour the source was to name the recipe for that person.
And some brand new ones
Old recipes are a bit like heritage roses. The best of them deserve to survive, and we hope this site will help the cause.
But there’s also been a lot of innovation since Mum’s baking heyday, and we didn’t want to overlook that either. So we’ve experimented with some new methods and ingredients – gluten-free flour, and substituting yoghurt for milk, for example – and when we’ve met with success we’ve added those recipes too.