Monday, October 4, 2010

Long weekend and delicious cockle biscuits

We rose early Saturday morning and hit the road by 7.30am on route to Port Augusta for a 50th birthday party (4½ hours away).
We stopped for morning tea at Clare and picked up friends who were also invited to the 50th.
From Burra through to Clare was a really picturesque drive with canola and wheat fields creating a colourful patchwork of bright yellow and green. This isn't a great photo but you can get the idea!
We arrived at the motel in Pt Augusta in time to sit back with nibbles and refreshments to watch the AFL grand final. We had a great time at the party, catching up with quite a few people who we haven't seen in a very long time.
Sunday morning we headed back to Clare where we meandered up the main street and visited the bakery again before dropping our friends off and heading back to Loxton.
We decided to stop at Burra as there were quite a few shops open and it was buzzing with people.
The main street is filled with very old buildings, and has a nice selection of gifts, clothes and secondhand shops.
Today is a public holiday and I was in the mood for some baking, so I made some 'Cockles'. I have had this recipe for over 30 years, it was one of my friends Mum's. They were her specialty and whenever we visited there were always some in her biscuit barrell. You can tell by my recipe book how old it is!
I have actually typed and printed off all my recipes from this very old and tatty excercise book, but for some reason it's still the one I pull out over the neatly typed one...don't ask me why!
Another give away that this is an old recipe is how the method is written. Here it is:

Three eggs, their weight in self raising flour, butter, sugar and cornflour. Beat sugar and butter to a cream, add eggs then the other ingredients, plus a tablespoon of vanilla essence. Drop in tiny pieces onto a cold tray and bake in the quick oven. When cool spread with jam and put another cockle on top and ice.

I filled some of mine with raspberry jam and some with lemon spread.


Pip at Rest is not idleness said... Reply to comment

I've got a few recipes like that as well, but do you weigh the eggs in their shells or after you have broken them into a bowl? It's neat how they spread out into such lovely round shapes.

Bev C said... Reply to comment

Hello Annette,
A lovely trip visiting country towns. Love the Cockles, they sound yummy.
Happy days.

Beach Vintage said... Reply to comment

One word....YUM!

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