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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Old old recipes

Hey guys =D. I'm in the middle of doing some assignments, hence I have found some time to post on here! Ahhh procrastination, old friend, we meet again.

About a week ago I was going through my treasure trove of cookbooks looking for a recipe for Marie Biscuit Pudding, a Sri Lankan classic. Also, probably one of the main reasons why Sri Lanka has a high rate of diabetes ahhaha. But, in all my new fancy cookbooks I couldn't find this recipe, or if I did, it was like some modified version using way more ingredients than I can remember my grandma using. So I called Mum up and asked her if she had the recipe she used to use. She directed me to her own treasure trove, albeit slightly smaller, collection of recipes.

I love looking through this thing. It's an old diary converted into a recipe book full of a mixture of Western and Sri Lankan classics, mostly in my Mum's delicate handwriting, or magazine cut-outs stuck on the ageing pages. As you can see from the date on the front cover, shes been compiling this for nearly 30 years now. Of course the book is so full she can't possibly fit anymore in there. But it's such a precious reminder of how much I am like my mother (despite clearly taking after my Dad in many ways =P). I do exactly the same thing now, the same thing she was doing at my age. And in the gaps you can see her handwritten corrections on ingredient amounts and little tips of how she would change or improve the recipe. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside =).

There are many recipes, mostly older, written in Sinhala (a language of Sri Lanka). No, I have no idea what it says lol =P.

After digging it out, I spent a fair bit of time looking through the pages, at the different recipes, some I had never heard of. It was clear mum was fascinated with western cuisine, probably because at the time she had never had the chance to experience it for herself. I eventually found the recipe I was looking for within the pages and got to it. I was excited when she came home from work that day, I couldn't wait to see the smile on her face as her eyes swept over to the freshly made biscuit pudding sitting on the table, the recipe that she herself had written.

Instead, her eyes widened as she saw the mess I had made in the kitchen sink and quickly turned to me with a stern look and told me to clean it all up before she came back downstairs.

I still love her but =).

Warning! This 'pudding' is really sweet! Even for me! Not exactly the healthiest dessert, but it's simple (pretty much just chocolate icing and biscuits haha), yummy and it's a classic. This is my mum's version, I know there are plenty of versions out there using way more ingredients, but this is the one I grew up with =).

Marie Biscuit Pudding

250g Arnott's Marie Biscuits
250g margarine (you could use butter, but I'm used to margarine)
250g icing sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk


1. Cream margarine/butter, sugar and cocoa together in a stand mixer until light and fluffy. If you feel that the mixture is not sweet and/or chocolatey enough, feel free to incorporate a bit more icing sugar and/or cocoa. Mix in the vanilla extract.

2. Heat the milk up in a microwave so that it is warm, not very hot (maybe about 45 seconds). Soak the Marie biscuits one by one in the warm milk, so that the outer gets a bit soggy (don't over-soak, you don't want them to get too soggy and disintegrate). Arrange some of the biscuits in a single layer on the bottom of dish (any shape, any size you desire) so that it covers the bottom. Only soak each biscuit just before you're about to place them in the dish.

3. On top of the biscuit layer, spread a layer of the chocolate icing mixture on top, about 1/2-1 cm thick. Continue with this layering pattern until you reach the top of the dish. Finish with a layer of chocolate icing.

4. Chill in the fridge, covered in cling-wrap, for at least an hour.

Not the best picture, bit I didn't have time to make it look all pretty =P.
Well, it is sorta hard to make it look pretty in the first place haha

Enjoy =D xx

1 comment:

  1. It may not have the best look, but we know that it tastes AWESOME especially when it's mom's recipes. Thanks for this post, i've been trying to find my mom's style marie biscut pudding ever for a long time!


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