Welcome to Glam Grans’ Favourite Foods – Part 3




This is part three in my Favourite Foods Series. You can read what inspired this in Part One, here, and my Mum’s Yummy Chicken recipe in Part Two, here.

This week’s favourite Glam Gran is my mother in law who celebrated her 85th birthday earlier this year.

MIL (mother in law) was always the go-to person in the family for cakes and cookies.

Born in Maryborough, QLD, as one of four children, MIL was the first married woman in Australia to be offered work at the Commonwealth Bank.

MIL was working at the bank in 1950 when she met the man she would marry. (They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February).

She was so highly regarded by her employers they were prepared to break their long-standing policy not to hire married women in order to keep her when she accepted my father in law’s proposal.

When MIL was 16 she followed her older sister to Brisbane (about 180 km south of Maryborough).

It was there she learned her wonderful baking skills as she worked in the kitchen of the boarding house she lived in to help supplement her board payments.

MIL’s recipe is Peach Cakes, known in the USA as Jelly Cakes.

She remembers eating them at her older sister’s Tasmanian home. Her sister had a peach tree so “she always served them on a rectangular plate with some fresh leaves from the peach tree as a decoration”.

When I first read her recipe I panicked. It required something called a gem iron, I had never heard of before.

I Googled the phrase and found gem irons were all the rage at one time – much like cupcake tins, but made from cast iron and shaped differently.



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Old fashioned gem irons.


Further investigation revealed they are considered antiques now so quite expensive to buy so I bravely forged ahead using my cupcake tins.

I chose to use the really mini tins as I figured the smaller cakes would be more suitable for the little Goddesses. We were all delighted with the result.


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Mini cupcake tins



Prep time = 15 minutes (plus an hour or more for the jelly to semi-set),   Cooking time = 10 minutes


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • Mix together and bake in hot gem irons. Put together with whipped cream and use a pastry brush to paint with cochineal and water or unset red jelly, dipped in quickly, then roll in fine coconut.
  • TIP: If you think the cream may go off you can substitute with a mock cream by mixing 1tblspn butter with 2 tbsp caster sugar (or icing sugar) and 1 tbsp milk.



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Make a batter as you would for pancakes and let it stand for half an hour. Dip each sandwich into the batter, turning it over in order to soak it well. Then fry to a golden brown in a small quantity of fat. No matter how dry the sandwiches may have been, they will now make a delicious supper dish.


Favourite Foods - peach cakes


  • Candle ends melted and mixed with equal quantities of turpentine makes a good and inexpensive linoleum polish
  • Take equal parts of methylated spirits, vinegar, turpentine and ordinary olive or linseed oil; put in a bottle, shake well and use to polish furniture
  • When cleaning windows, if a little vinegar is put in the water it will make the glass shine beautifully, and remove all fly marks quite easily.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1/2cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
Beat these ingredients together for 2 minutes then add
  • 2 level tsp cream of tartar,
  • 1 level tsp soda.
Bake in sandwich tins in moderate oven.

Check out My Baking Addiction for some more wonderful recipes.

Next week’s Glam Grans’ Favourite Foods will focus on comfort foods and food to make you well from two of my favourite grans.

I will also share with you some diabetic recipes and invalid cookery from M.W. U Cookery Book.

Happy cooking, and have a gleeful week, Tamuria




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