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Old Fashioned Custard Creams

August 12, 2013 in BAKING, Cookies and Biscuits

Comfort food. A lot of foods fall into this category for me…..steaming soups, stick meat on your ribs stews and casseroles, a bowl of delicious pasta, risotto, a roast leg of lamb or pork or whole chicken with all the yummy trimmings……and cookies, or biscuits as they are better known to me. Especially the biscuits that take me back to my childhood and these custard creams sure do that. The custard creams were one of my favourites out of all the biscuits that my Mom baked. She used to bake a lot….partly to make a living and partly for us 5 children.  I can close my eyes now and smell the aromas that greeted us kids as we neared our home after the long walk home from school. I can see the colourful row of biscuit tins (some with such pretty animal pictures on the lids) on the top pantry shelf  where we were not supposed to be able to reach, each one filled to the top with a different flavour and shape of cookie. I can see the old cast iron Welcome Dover wood stove in the kitchen, fire crackling in the grate and my Mom slaving away pulling batch after batch of perfect biscuits from that oven. And cakes….and Christmas cakes! Oh my! Only in later years, as a baker myself with a wonderful electric oven and an accurate oven thermometer, can I really appreciate how difficult it must have been to create such magnificent cakes and baked goodies using that old stove. But my Mom had it waxed….must have taken years of practice surely.

With the miserable weather in Cape Town lately I have had a sudden yearning to bake biscuits. I had been paging through my recipe book with some of my favourite of my Moms recipes in it and wondering which biscuits to bake. During one of my brief blog reading sojourns I came across a blog post about custard biscuits and I suddenly knew I had to bake my Moms custard creams. I used to bake them regularly when my children were young but I suddenly realized I had not baked them in years…certainly not in the last 15 years or so! It was time to remedy that! Delicious nostalgia!

These are wonderful cookies to make as a project with your young children or grandchildren. They have a lovely texture and are fun to roll between your palms and then press with a fork.

The dough is also highly addictive;)

Please click through to my browniegirlblog for the recipe 


browniegirl xx

Food and Wine Blogger Indaba 2012 Survey

February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Beautiful Cape Town - photo by my talented friend Ricky De Agrela

Exciting news! We are busy planning the 2012 South African Food and Wine Blogger Indaba, which will be a Cape Town winter event this year planned for the weekend of 23/23 June, and Jeanne and I have decided to put out this survey so that you, the most important part of the whole event, can tell us what YOU want – in return we will do our very best to tailor make this Indaba to suit everyone. So whether you have attended any previous Indaba, or whether you are planning on attending for the first time this year or possibly in the future, please would you take a couple of minutes to fill out the online survey to help us in putting together the best Indaba possible, and one that fulfils your needs. And of course, keep watching this space and facebook for regular future updates on the 2012 event!

So please pop over and fill in the online survey. It will only take a couple of minutes and will give us a great perspective on how we can tailor make this Indaba to suit you.

And pencil in that weekend, book airline tickets, do whatever you have to to become part of this exciting event. Look forward to seeing you all there.

Thank you,

Have a great week,

browniegirl and Jeanne (cooksister)