I am in possession of something very special. I have a cook book my mother wrote when she was 14. It is completely gorgeous and full of recipes I remember from my childhood. It is hand written and even has a little mould round the edges as my mum used flour and water for glue to cover it.
My mum grew up in pakistan as my grandparents were missionaries when she was a child. The recipes are from her mother and her grandmother and are the sort of recipes and family tradition that I feel is so important to hold on to. This book is very special to me and I’m very excited to share it with you. She also makes a mean curry! I’ll get recipes!
I hope to share several recipes from the book, for today I have chosen good old chocolate cake. The cake is delicious and I found it quite easy to make and the ingredients were things I already had in my cupboard.
I think the peanut butter cookies will be next, stay tuned!
Nanna’s Chocolate Cake
55gs butter (room temp)
1 cup caster sugar
3 tablespoons Cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sour milk (1 tablespoon white vinegar, stirred through 1 cup milk)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees. Cream the butter, sugar and cocoa. Add milk and then flour with soda and salt. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add vanilla. Put mixture in a greased 20cm cake tin and bake for 40-50 mins (keep an eye on it, my cake needed a little longer, but my oven is a bit temperamental!)
I filled mine with butter cream icing I found at taste.com.au and topped with strawberries! delicious!
Butter cream icing
250 gms soft butter
3 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup milk
3 teaspoons cocoa powder
Beat butter till pale and fluffy, add icing sugar 1 cup at a time and add cocoa, add milk till at desired thickness.