A couple of weeks ago I mentioned my sister had found a tiny notebook that belonged to mammy.
She had taken it with her on a visit to my brother in Australia. I think she knew that baking would raise its tiny head while she was with him, so a few old favourites were written in there. The recipe today comes from that notebook. It is very simple and requires no cooking!
2 ozs butter
4 ozs icing sugar
3 ozs coconut
3 ozs cherries, chopped
3 ozs walnuts chopped
1 teaspoon coffee essence (optional)
Spoon of Brandy** (optional)
6 ozs chocolate
Cream the butter and sugar and add the other ingredients. Roll into small balls, cover with a clean tea-towel and set aside to firm.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water. Dip the balls in the melted chocolate and then place them on a layer of greaseproof paper to set.
** No mention of the size of spoonful for the brandy, It might have been anywhere between a teaspoon and a shovel full! Mammy never drank any alcohol simply because she didn’t like the taste. We used to try and get her to have a sip, just to see the awful twisted faces she would make. Yet she had no problem with using alcohol in cooking.