Marjorie's Recipe is another one of those oddities; a delicious brownie-type cake that's very easy to make and made from very old-school ingredients.
My grandpa was in the Navy, so my grandma, mum and her sisters travelled around an awful lot while were growing up. The titular Marjorie was a friend my grandparents met while living in Malta. She and her husband became great chums and they stayed in touch for years. I have a lovely memory of going to see them when I was small and playing with their boxer dog, Xantia, and playing pirates in the crow's nest in their kitchen.
This is a very simple, delicious recipe with one very non-21st century ingredient. Specifically, lard. Who even uses lard now? Apparently there's some kind of lard renaissance in 2011.
Marjorie's Recipe - makes about 20 squares
- 6oz granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 tbsp Nescafe
- 5oz self-raising flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 level tbsp cocoa
- 3oz lard
- handful chopped nuts
- handful dried fruits
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees/ gas mark 5 and lightly grease and line your baking tin.
- Put the sugar, coffee, eggs, vanilla, salt, cocoa and half the flour into a basin.
- Melt the fat and beat into the mixture.
- Mix in the rest of flour.
- Cook for 30 minutes, slightly less if you like it a bit gooey.
- If you, like, me, only have sea salt in the house, go and buy some normal salt. Otherwise you will end up with surprise crunchy bites of salt at random intervals.
- Do some tin maths: "If Kat's mum says to use a 20cm rectangular tin, but I only have a 26cm circular tin, probably take 10 minutes off the cooking."