Tim Tam Truffles

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Recipes for Tim Tam Truffles do the rounds every Australia Day.

Some people dip their truffles in melted chocolate before rolling them in coconut, but I don’t think they really need the additional chocolate. Making the truffles without the chocolate is also more budget-friendly.

2 packets of Tim Tams, any flavour, crushed.

250gm cream cheese, softened

1/2 Cup coconut (approximately, you may need a little more).

Crush the Tim Tams finely, then mix in with the cream cheese. Refrigerate for half an hour.

Roll the mixture into teaspoon sized balls, then roll in coconut and refrigerate.

 

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Kustom Nationals at Phillip Island

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The Kustom Nationals and Rockabilly festival is held annually at Phillip Island, Melbourne in early January. It is a car event for modified vehicles, pre 1966. The day events are held at the Grand Prix track, with entered cars able to cruise the track.

Bands play down the street in the evening, and with the area closed off to traffic there is a party atmosphere with locals, holiday makers and entrants alike checking out the cars, listening to the music and dancing.

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Far Breton

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I recently read A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, in which the main character ate a French dessert called a Far Breton. This character remembered the dessert years after eating it, comparing it favourably to a Plum Duff. This led me to Google the recipe, buy prunes (which were the only ingredient I didn’t already have in the pantry) and make the recipe as soon as I could.

I’ll make a Plum Duff sometime soon, to compare.

1/2 Cup prunes

1/2 Cup plain flour

1/4 Cup white sugar

pinch salt

2 eggs

1 1/1 Cups milk

1/2 Tablespoon sugar extra

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

The recipe also had a tablespoon of rum, but since I didn’t have any, I left the rum out. The smell of rum reminds me of disinfectant, but if you like rum, go for it.

Place the prunes in a small saucepan, cover with water and simmer for ten minutes. Drain them and arrange on the bottom of a greased, shallow baking dish.

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Mix the flour, sugar, vanilla, baking powder and salt together, whisk in the beaten eggs one at a time, then mix in the rum and the milk.

Pour the mixture over the prunes, bake at 230 degrees Celsius for ten minutes, then bake for another 25 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.

 

Key Lime Pie

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I was sent a postcard from Florida nearly thirty years ago with this recipe for Key Lime Pie by a friend who knew I would much prefer a recipe on a postcard to a postcard of an alligator.

I’ve made the recipe many times, sometimes with lemons and sometimes with limes.

1 tin (400gm) sweetened condensed milk

1/2 Cup lime juice

1 Cup sour cream

1 Tblspn grated lime rind

green food colouring (about two drops should be enough)

250ml whipped cream

250 grams plain sweet biscuits, (as always, I prefer Arnotts Marie biscuits)

150 grams melted butter

Crush the biscuits. I’ve finally worked out the best way to do this and it involves a plastic bag with a seal and a rolling pin.

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Mix the butter into a bowl with the crushed biscuits, then press into a pie tin and refrigerate.

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Stir the sweetened condensed milk and lime juice together. Fold in the sour cream, lime rind and food colouring.

Pour into the pie crust and refrigerate. Serve with whipped cream.