At Be Someone For Someone, we’re big believers in people coming together at Christmas time - and we all know food brings people together like nothing else
What better way to celebrate Christmas than to make recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation?
Rather than googling festive recipes or traditions, we’ve asked our seniors – as part of our #askgrannotgoogle movement to connect generations.
Here are some of our favourite recipes handed down to us to enjoy - why not make them and share with neighbours or loved ones to connect this Christmas.
Juliet's Mince Pies
"This recipe has been passed down through generations in my family and we have brought the recipe all the way to Australia from England. There aren't even ingredients written down because my mum knows them off by heart! I love making these and bringing them to Christmas events."
- Rub fat into flour until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Add sugar.
- Add egg and lemon juice and fold in to mixture to form a dough
- Wrap dough in cling film and chill in fridge (8hrs)
- Once chilled, roll out with rolling pin and use circular cut outs to create shape of mince pie, bigger circle for bottom and smaller for top
- Put spoonful of mince meat in middle and add pastry top. (Use shop bought mince meat – woolworths do English mince meat!)
- Prick tops with a fork and cook at 180 degrees celcius for 15-20 mins
- Once cooked, sprinkle with icing sugar.
Bianca's boiled fruitcake
“I make this homemade boiled fruitcake which is my great grandmother’s recipe, and drop them off to the nrighbours. Homemade gifts are more meaningful and I love hearing that people love my cakes. It makes me happy to see others happy.”
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 1 cup plain flour
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 3 cups mixed, dried fruit
- 1 tsp nutmeg or mixed spice
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 200 g butter
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Pre-heat oven to 200C.
- Place sugar, water, fruit, nutmeg, soda and butter into a large saucepan over low heat and stir until boiling.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Add beaten eggs. Sift the flours and add to the mix and stir well with a wooden spoon.
- Put ingredients in a greased and lined 20 cm round cake tin. Bake for 1-1¼ hours or until skewer comes out clean.
Jacqi's champagne breakfast
"My gran used to start every Christmas with a champagne breakfast in the morning. She loved having family around, and it was the perfect time to gather and let her hair down. My mum passed the tradition to us when we were old enough, and my sisters and I have kept it alive with our (now grown-up) children."
The ingredients and method couldn't be more simple; gather croissants and your choice of fillings (ham, cheese, tomato) plus a fruit platter. Then open your presents and drink your champagne!
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