Thirteen for Thursday: Childhood treats 0



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I found myself reminiscing about my childhood today the special foods that we used to adore . Here are 13 things we had as treats as a child…


1. On cold winter mornings, chunks of stale good bread (not sliced) in a bowl with warm milk and tons of sugar. Bread tasted better then.

2. Hot little pancakes with the butter and jam sliding off, eaten as fast as they were cooked.

3. Yes condensed milk straight from the tin. Mum made fudge for us, we sneaked the leftovers.

4. Bread pudding, which was made in a huge tin, consisted of soaked bread, spice, lots of fruit and eggs and sugar, baked slowly it sliced up in shiny squares which we had with custard. Heaven.

5. Apple pies deep spicy and with custard and cream.

6. Caramel apples, home made ones.

7. Butterfly cakes with a big middle of butter icing

8. Strawberry shortcakes. A sort of shortbread with cream and strawberries in the middle.

9. Melting moments, little rich biscuits. With a cherry in the middle.

10. Syrup tart.  A pastry case, with breadcrumbs, syrup, and grated lemon, baked until the syrup is golden brown.

11. A savory treat? Eggy bread, fried bread, with a hole in the middle, and an egg dropped in, then cooked both sides.

12. Lardy cakes from the shops, a soft yeast bun, with a good dose of fat sugar and fruit, rolled like a coffee scroll. The secret is the fat used is lard! Oh my…and they still sell them in South west England.

13. Easter special cake, simnel cake, a fruit cake with a layer of marzipan baked in the middle, then the top has marzipan, and is finished with little marzipan eggs all round it, dusted in cocoa.


Well, I have to admit – these would all be treats right now too! I think I might go and make me a batch of caramel apples right now…


What would you add to this list of treats? 


photo:  therealbridgetpalmer


Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. Toast made over the fire spread with dripping
    Condensed milk sandwiches
    Frozen custard, a sort of icecream
    A big bowl of icecubes (we had only all had fridges after WW2)

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    • Why was it dripping was so good then? the meat? the way we cooked it? not sure.

  2. I would add musk sticks which we would suck slowly, milk bottle lollies and wet bid with Vegemite for school morning tea.

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    • Yes we had musk sticks too,..and apples for a few pennies from a farm on the way to school, as we walked a few miles!!

  3. Happy memories there Jacqui; also cream buns with raspberry jam. My Mother-in-law make great melting moments with a lemony filling, but no cherry. And is there anything to compare with a thick slice of bread spread with the lard from the Sunday Roast?

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    • Loved sharing every single memory of food from our past, we should do a book!

  4. Cream from the top of the milk that use to be in a bottle on my porridge many years ago

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    • I used to do that too, we had to get it fast as the birds stole it sometimes.

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