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Pico Iyer’s thoughts on life with less. But … more!


My mother recently sent me some of my favourite recipes. Enjoy!

Dutch spice cake

2 cups self-raising flour

½ cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup molasses or treacle (I use Golden Syrup!)

1 cup milk

3 teaspoons mixed spice

½ teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup mixed fruit, dates, nuts or ginger ( I use 1 cup chopped up apple and 1 cup sultanas)


Mix and bake 1 hour  in slow oven (~150 C)

Lemon square slice

Sift together the base:

1 cup flour

¼ cup sugar

Add and combine ½ cup melted butter (=100 g)

Press mixture into square greased baking pan and bake 20 min at 180 C

Meanwhile combine topping:

1 cup sugar

½ teaspoon baking powder

2 slightly beaten eggs

2 tablespoon lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

½ cup desiccated coconut

Pour these ingredients over the warm baked crust and bake 25 min.  Chill.

Cut into squares.

Coconut loaf

1 and 1/4 cups self-raising flour

3/4 cup castor sugar

1 and 1/4 cups desiccated coconut

¾ cup milk

Mix it all together and bake 1 hour in 180 C oven for 40 min

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