Winter has truly set in in the Southern Hemisphere. But, this year I really was out in it, through the onset and into Autumn (fall). I had forgotten how good a bracing walk feels and how beautiful Autumn is. Even the dog started to get fit. Unfortunately when nearing the equinox it’s too dark to be walking anywhere, especially with my ageing dog!
For about 5 years I have made gingerbread cookies and a gingerbread house every Christmas with my girls and this year was no exception. I take cookies to work and package them up for guests when they visit. Every Boxing Day,my sister in law has a family gathering and I let the youngest child take a bite or punch in the Christmas G/bread House so everyone can have a piece. This year my youngest daughter wanted to decorate the cookies in a (?swedish) style and they look great. This recipe hasn’t been handed down, it’s a tried and true from Women’s Weekly. Here is the link Australian Women’s Weekly Gingerbread House Recipe. I know Christmas has passed, but tuck this away for next year. The same recipe makes the cookies. It’s the only Recipe I know off where kids eat the cookie as well as the icing. The cookies are soft and far more tasty than store bought packs which can have spices in them little children don’t like. Anyway, enjoy your new year and start thinking about the projects for the new year!
One of my ‘go to’ family favourites. Great hot or cold, with or without butter, it’s great for afternoon tea or toasted for breakfast. Yum!
2 C plain flour, 3/4 C sugar, 3 t baking powder, 1/2 t baking soda, 1t salt, 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/4 t all spice or mixed spice, 1/8 t cloves (all spices are ground) 1/8 t nutmeg, 1 egg, 2 T margarine, 1 small tin pie apple. Place all dry ingredients together with egg and marg, mix on low, add the tin of apple, mix vigorously until majority of lumps disappear. Bake in loaf pan, preheated oven, 180 c for 50 min fan forced electric. Credit: Kitchen Aid. The original recipe called for 1 cup applesauce but the whole tin gives you a really moist loaf. It barely lasts a day in my house. It’s also more effectively mixed with a KitchenAid, but if you don’t have one I would Bamix the tin apples first. Batter should be lumpy/dropping consistency. My daughter is lactose intolerant so we use dairy free margarine so she can enjoy it too.