An Iconic Australian Recipe Gem
Back in the day, the popular dishes seemed to be those with ‘fabulous’ shortcuts. Those recipe gems, as I like to call them. That chicken with a tin of apricots and a packet of French onion soup mix. That dip made with cream cheese and French onion soup mix. That brisket drowned in coca cola and (yes you guessed it) French onion soup mix. Classics of the 70s?
During our recipe collecting, we come across seriously good recipes that do contain the odd processed or packaged product and we need to decide whether or not that recipe with that product should be included. We have the most UNBELIEVABLE cinnamon cake in The Feast Goes On that has, as one ingredient, a vanilla pudding mix. We know, it does make us cringe just a little, but if I tell you that this cake is SO GOOD that it is worth it just this time. And what about the AMAZING South African cheesecake from Monday Morning Cooking Club with the base made from Arnott’s Marie biscuits and butter. Worth it again!
And what about the classic and scrumptious (I believe Australian) Hedgehog Slice, always made with a sweet biscuit (cookie) and often made with one from a packet? Basically, the biscuits are broken up and tossed through a chocolate mixture. It is then poured into a tin and refrigerated overnight. It is sliced to serve and is perfect with a cup of tea.
The good thing about the Hedgehog is that you can choose your own biscuit. Marie, Digestives or Graham crackers work well. You can even make your own if you want to go the trouble. But we’re happy to go with the flow, and use our favourite biscuit – the digestive. It is a wholewheat-tasting, just-sweet crumbly biscuit, perfect for cheese cake bases and Hedgehogs.
Miriam Millingen, a good friend of the MMCC, is a wonderful cook. She is originally from Adelaide and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. Miriam is kind enough to share her fabulous recipe with us so that we can share it with you.
This post is part of Let’s Lunch (#LetsLunch), a twitter-based virtual lunch club where anyone interested can join this monthly ‘lunch date’. A topic is posted at the beginning of the month, everyone now takes it in turns, and all posts are made on the same day by this random but lovely group of food bloggers, writers and people who just love cooking from all around the world.
The topic this month is your favourite ‘recipe gem’, one of those recipes with a packaged or processed ingredient in it, perhaps that one ingredient that you wouldn’t normally write about! We all use them, or at least used them at some time or another in our cooking lives, and they usually create something quite delicious. In all our recipe testing we come across so many that use all those ingredients that many people are now shying away from – packaged cookies and biscuits, jelly (jell-0) crystals, pudding mix, instant soups and so on. I thought it would be fun just to see what recipes would be brave enough to come out of the pantry and into the kitchen!!
Anyone can join at any time – just join us on twitter by searching and adding the hashtag #LetsLunch. Check out the others’ posts right here:
Linda’s Spam Musubi at Spicebox Travels
Betty’s Chocolate Cake with Mango Coconut Frosting on Asian in America
Grace’s Chinese Cold Noodle Salad on Hapa Mama
Demetra’s No-Bake Strawberry Balsamic Cheesecake Semifreddo on Sweet Savant
Lisa’s Hedgehog Slice on Monday Morning Cooking Club
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