Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking is all about simple and tasty baking, a legacy from my Grandma's time as a cook-housekeeper in Edwardian times and a lifetime of baking.
As I was growing up, I watched her bake and cook, and acquired her expertise and passion for baking. Now I'm sharing Grandma Abson's traditional baking with baking devotees who remember it first time around and a whole generation new to baking. Enjoy!
I’ve been having saxophone lessons from my music teacher friend
Maria for about 6 years now. It’s always fun and my repertoire is much extended
now to include latin, soul and jazz. My best pieces areDos Gardenias para ti, Blueberry
Hill, Summer timeandUnchained Melody. Maria is a very sympathetic teacher and always writes words of
encouragement and praise in my lesson book, even when I give her a million
excuses why I haven’t practised my scales and arpeggios. She writes‘lovely playing’, ‘smooth
musical performance’, ‘very expressive’. The
highlight of my year is when I get to play with her school band at the
Christmas concert at Doncaster Minster.
And I've been passing on some ofGrandma’s tips in
exchange for lessons when Maria said she hadn’t much baking experience. We’ve
had one to one cookery lessons and made a whole range of tasty dishes
including Vegetable Soup, Shortcrust Pastry and Grandma's Chocolate Cake.
6 oz/175g margarine or butter
6 oz/175g sugar
6 oz/175g self-raising flour
2 tbsps cocoa
A pinch of salt
2 tbsps black treacle (warmed)
½ tsp vanilla essence
½ cup milk
“Cream the margarine (or butter) and sugar. Mix the cocoa and
flour together with a pinch of salt. Beat the eggs. Add alternately to the
mixture with the flour. Add the treacle and vanilla to taste. Add a little milk
to give a soft consistency. Bake in a moderate oven for ¾ hour.” (350F, Mark 4, 180 C)
I’ve devised a memo for Maria to jot things down to remember as
she goes along. Maria says ‘I didn’t think baking would be so easy and
so much fun. Meryl is a great teacher and has given me so much confidence in
the kitchen.’ I am delighted she has got into baking. Now back to the
saxophone practice – where were we with those scales?
Here is a picture of Maria and dance partner Steve and the rest of the participants strutting their
stuff at the fabulousNot so Strictly Come Dancingevent last weekend at Sheffield
City Hall to support the work of theSafe at last charity with
young runaways in the Yorkshire region.