Never fail recipes

Time to reveal another of my secret ‘Never Fail’ recipes. Well, if I’m totally honest I actually found this on the net myself a few years back – but it’s far to good not to pass on to you.    Condense Milk Biscuits.  Easy and very very yummy.  I only wish I could remember where I found it so I can give credit.  If it was you – “thank-you”.

Little hands at work – great holiday fun.



1 500g tub of margarine or butter
1 cup of sugar
1 tin of condensed milk
5 cups of SR flour


Cream margarine and sugar together
Add tin of condensed milk and mix well
Add flour a cup at a time and mix well
Roll into balls and cook in for 12 minutes at 180c. 

100s and 1000s biscuits = happy kids.

That’s it.  When I first discovered this recipe I didn’t even have a mixer so mixed  it all by hand – and it worked fabulously. It  makes a large batch  – perfect for school holidays.  Alternatively the mixture freezes well.  Just roll it up into a sausage shape and wrap in cling wrap.  Then it’s ready for the next time you want to bake biscuits.   Great for when kids come over and you need an instant snack.  (Best not to add anything to the basic mixture for freezing.)

Middle pinks creation ready for the oven.

  The great thing about this little gem of a recipe is  the unlimited ways you can dress it up.  A big favourite with the little pink people at my house is 100s of 1000s.  I’m sure I’m not alone in having kids who love those!

Sultana and cornflakes

For a slightly more adult version mix in sultana’s and press the balls into cornflakes before putting them on the tray.  Chopped up glazed cherries  and chocolate chips is also adorable.   Really the options are endless.    A friend was visiting when we cooked this batch and she is going to try them with muesli.   Just be warned these little biscuits are very yummy and if you make up the entire batch at once you’ll have rather a few to deal with.  I tend to make them as larger cookies – but you could easily make the smaller and have even more!

Fresh out of the oven.




On impulse the other day at the supermarket a copy of Super Food Ideas landed in my trolley.  Yesterday, while waiting for the carpet layers to finish  laying our brand new beautiful, fresh  carpets, I decided to make dessert for friends who were bringing us tea. (Yes we have good friends in these parts!)   The entire house was in total disarray (laying new carpet is like totally moving out of your home just for one day and then back in again) but I had my issue of Super Food Idea and after a quick check  all the ingredients for their Sticky Date pudding organised on my kitchen benchtop.

So, after turning the oven on to pre-heat and lining the baking tin, I put  2 cups of chopped dates into 2 cups of water and brought them to the boil before simmering them for five minutes.  At which point they looked like this.  (Can you see the stacks of furniture peeking out at the back of the photo 🙂

Then I put the butter, brown sugar, eggs, flour, spice and date mixture into a bowl and mixed  it with a spoon until combined.  ( Don’t worry I’ll put the full recipe at the bottom of the post).  I also added some pecan nuts which are listed in the recipe.

The mixture went into the baking tin and exactly one hour later it came out looking like this.   Just a tiny bit burn around the edges – might lower the temp a bit next time and cook for 5-10 minutes longer.

While it cooled I made the butterscotch sauce.  Now this sauce should come with a warning label – it is divine and way to easy to make.  Simply combine sugar, cream and butter, bring to the boil and then simmer for five minutes.  To easy. To delicious!

And this is what it looked liked served up to my family and friends.  I’m happy to report they were all plate lickingly impressed – especially the three pinks.   This road test = success.  A simple, clear recipe which was easy to follow and turned out even better than expected.  Thank-you Super Food Ideas.


[click to continue…]