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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

These chooks are gonna fly............

Busy day today.  Tomorrow my quilt group is due for our regular meeting at my place so i provide the morning tea and lunch.  It can be as simple or fussy as you like to make it.  We mostly make it simple and that is what it is going to be this time.  Today I did the baking.
First up Passionfruit Slice.  It doesn't look much in the tin but it has a coconutty biscuit base and a really yummy tangy lemon and passionfruit topping.  Yum!   Super easy too!

150g (1 cup) SR flour
85g ( 1 cup) desiccated coconut
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
100g butter melted
1 x 395g can sweetened condensed milk
125ml (1/2cup) fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons passion fruit pulp

Preheat oven to 180°C.  Brush a 16 x 26cm slab pan with melted butter to lightly grease.  Line the base and two long sides with non-stick baking powder, allowing the sides to overhang.

Use a wooden spoon to combine the flour, coconut, sugar and butter in a large bowl.  Transfer to the prepared pan.  Use a metal spoon to press firmly over the base.  Bake for 12 minutes or until light golden.  Set aside to cool.  Reduce oven temperature to 150°C. 

Use a balloon whisk to mix together  the condensed milk, lemon juice and passion fruit pulp in a large bowl until smooth and well combined.  Pour into the pan and spread evenly over the base.  Bake in oven for 15 minutes til just firm to touch.  Set aside to cool completely.  Cut into slices to serve.

Then I made a recipe that I learned in my High School cooking class - it is still a goodie.  Boiled Fruit Cake.
I wish you could smell this as it is laced with cinnamon, mixed spice and ground ginger. Mmmmmm!


½ cup sugar
½ cup cold water
1 cup mixed fruit
½ cup plain flour
¼ cup boiling water
½ cup SR flour
½ cup plain flour
¼ teasp salt
1 teasp cinnamon
1 teasp mixed spice
1 teasp ground ginger
½ teasp bicarb soda
30g marg

Put fruit, butter, sugar, salt and ginger, spices and cold water into a saucepan and bring to boil, stirring till margarine melts.  Allow to cook 3 minutes.  Sieve plain flour and SR flour together and mix in bicarb soda.  Check boiling water.  Line and grease tin.  Allow mixture to cool slightly.  Add flour and stir in ½ at a time.  Measure water and stir in carb soda.  Add to saucepan.  Bake in moderate oven 375°F approx 30 minutes

And finally, mostly coz I needed some more cookies for the lunch boxes (and miraculously my boys are actually eating them at the moment!) I made chocolate chip cookies.  I would have made cookies anyway but the lunch box decision was chocolate chip.  You will find the recipe here.

Now I bet you are wondering about the flying chooks!  Well, after saying I was going to finish off the chook quilt and getting stuck into it tonight I received a call from a dear friend of mine today and she said she would LOVE to finish the chook quilt as she loves it.  How could I say no?  This is one UFO that I do not want to keep and it is going to someone who really loves it and who is really LOVELY!  It is my pleasure to give it to her.  I don't mind giving away all that work if it is going to s special friend.

I needed something easy to sew tonight so I decided to sew more of my pinwheels for my Irish Charity Bazaar Pot Holders.  I finished off 8 pairs but what I have realized is that I need a better spread of colours. Maybe some more red, blue and less pink and green.  And I need some more Christmas ones.  That is a job for another night!

Till next time......happy stitching!


  1. YAY the chooks are loved xx Can I skip the passion fruit (yuck, yuck, yuck!!) and go straight for the fruit cake? I wont leave any... promise xx

  2. lovely lot of baking there Jan-Maree,and your blocks look great,well done.xx

  3. Your Passionfuit Slice makes my mouth water.Yum!!
    Your blocks will make great pot holders.

  4. I am glad that your UFO found a home where it will be loved and cared for!

  5. mmmm your baking looks so yummY!!!!

  6. How lovely that someone has come forward to finish your UFO, even though you'd prepared yourself to go ahead with it.
    Looks like wonderful baking going on at your house. I used to do that, but as we're empty nesters, it's too tempting (and hard on the waistline) to bake much unless company is coming. Both recipes look yummy.

  7. The passionfruit slice looks awesome! Might need to make that very soon.
    Hope you had a good quilting day

  8. Your food looks yummy-----have a good time tomorrow with your ladies. I can hear the laughs, giggles, and chatter all the way to Texas

  9. Yummy as usual.
    Just got your lovely parcel.Thank you so much. Love the chess fabric, the star blocks and the 1930's repro. I'll blog as soon as I finish something...


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