Desserts from my childhood

I have to be honest and say that I have been inspired to write this post because of my friend Nostalgia Pie‘s blog post Old-Skool Ice-Cream Flavours! I was writing in the comments that when we kids we used to eat neopolitan ice cream slices (from an ice cream block) between two ice cream wafers, which was known in our house as an “ice cream sandwich”. This got me to thinking about other desserts that we had growing up, and here we are!

Apple Charlotte
Now, from having a look around Google, it would appear that Apple Charlotte is actually a completely different pudding! The Apple Charlotte online uses bread as an ingredient, whereas my Apple Charlotte didn’t. It actually looked like the below:

Apple CharlotteThe way my mum made it was to layer the bottom of a bowl with canned apples (I think they were puréed). She would then make up some Dream Topping for the middle layer. The top layer was cornflakes mixed with golden syrup. I remember it went in the fridge for some length of time, which as a child just seemed aaaaaages! So, I have no idea what mine was called, but it was decadently delicious!

Arctic roll
Arctic roll was a roll of ice cream (we only ever had vanilla) which was wrapped in sponge with some raspberry sauce between the sponge and the ice cream. To make it last, as it was a treat, we had the thinnest slices going, so if I had some now, I think I’d probably try and eat at least quarter of it in one go!

Before I started researching for this blog post, I hadn’t even known that this pudding had a name! The strawberry ones were my favourite. You were supposed to let them thaw a little but we could never wait and always ate them frozen, which took ages with a small spoon. It kept us quiet though 😀

I really want pudding now!

Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glass

Christmas is coming, which for me signals the start of the Baileys drinking season. Oh, sweet sweet Baileys. I also love marshmallows. So imagine my joy at finding the below video! I cannot wait to try it 😀

If you try it out, let me know how it goes for you 🙂

Sultana Flapjacks

Michael decided to make some flapjacks recently but didn’t believe that you needed butter or golden syrup to do this. He devised the below recipe, and I have to say: they are gorgeous, and so easy to make, that even I could make them if I wanted to, but I think they’d be much tastier if Michael carried on making them 😀

Sultana Flapjacks
Makes 18

600g porridge oats

600g semi skimmed milk
200g sugar
200g sultanas

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and then place the mixture into 2 square baking tins (ours are 8″ by 8″).
3. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes in the middle of the oven.
4. Turn the flapjacks out onto a wire tray to cool.
5. Once cool, cut them into 9 per tray (3 by 3).

Et voila!

Though I said to cut them once cooled, no-one here can actually wait that long, so we cut ours first and eat them hot!

Enjoy! 😀