Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Peach Cakes

4 oz. Butter
4 oz. Sugar
2 Eggs
pinch Salt
6 oz. S. R. Flour
2 tbsp. Milk
Vanilla essence

Method: Cream butter and sugar, add beaten eggs gradually and beat well. Add sifted flour alternately with the milk and essence. Two-thirds fill cold, greased gem irons with the mixture. Bake for 12 minutes, remove from irons and when quite cold scoop out centres. Fill with mock or real cream and press together to form a peach. Using a soft pastry brush, paint lightly with pink colouring diluted with water or prepared syrup, then roll in castor sugar. To make the syrup, boil 2 tablespoons sugar and one tablespoon water until thick. If you prefer, you can substitute jelly crystals for castor sugar.

Source: contributed by Mrs. D. Horgan (Clare) in The Lunchbox: A Selection of Tried Recipes (Clare, S.A.: The Bihar Mission Auxiliary; 1975 [Second Edition]), p.43f.

Note: 'gem scone iron' - see, e.g., here.

A few years ago, the local paper had a C.W.A. recipe for 'peaches' with a photo: 

Recently I saw some in a café in Brisbane's Southbank, but sadly didn't have time to stop and try one (the menu tells me it is an 'Italian Peach': "sugar dusted sponge soaked in Galliano with a custard centre" [image]).