My Childhood Favourites
I wasn’t one of those kids who was obsessed with baking. I’d help my dad make a sponge pudding for after a Sunday roast or shortbread (once we flipped the page over mid bake and made a half shortbread/half shortcake hybrid. Oops). Sure, I liked to bake but I mostly did those packaged cupcake mixes that come with your favourite character on a rice paper topper. However, food is so nostalgic and I was having a think the other day about my favourite things to bake or eat growing up. I came up with this list of my childhood favourites.
Ah the aforementioned sponge pudding. A few years ago I posted the recipe to a microwaveable sponge pudding. It’s just like I remember it! Nowadays I’d probably make a golden syrup one but the one I remember most from my childhood is jam.
In my recipe for coconut macaroons I explain why they are one of my childhood favourites. I remember going to my mums friends house and playing with her two girls who were a bit older than me. They’d always have coconut macaroons with jam in the middle and rice paper on the bottom. I think I was just fascinated that you could eat the paper! Their house is the only place I remember eating them so it takes me right back.
I mean, what kid doesn’t love making cornflake cakes? I remember making these with only cornflakes and melted chocolate but my new favourite recipe has golden syrup in too!
I can never find cookies exactly the same as the ones I had growing up. These days I love gooey, soft cookies but I remember having more firm ones and for some reason I seem to think the chocolate chips were sprinkled on top and not throughout the dough.
Yes the story I told at the beginning of this post about shortbread is true. We made the beginning of a shortbread recipe and then accidentally read the end of a shortcake recipe on the next page. It also makes me think of Christmas as a kid when you get those fancy shaped shortbread.
I don’t think I even like the shop bought Viennese Whirls anymore but when I was little I’d be so happy if I went to get a biscuit from the cupboard (or Beatrix Potter tin which I totally need back in my life) and these would be in there.
These were my favourite when I was bit older and at secondary school. They used to change the sweet treats on offer in the school cafes and canteen but when a Tiffin was up for grabs it was a good day. My recipe doesn’t have dried fruit in because that’s not how I remember them. Other foods from the school canteen that made for a good day were sponge cake with icing and sprinkles on, chocolate chip cookies and Rollover hotdogs and curly fries.
What were your childhood favourites and do you remember any of mine? Let me know!