FROM THE NEWS DESK
A lovely Kaka Point resident loaned me a 1953 Aunt Daisy’s recipe book, and drew my attention to the Balclutha Never Fail Sponge recipe.
The smell and feel of this old book reminded me of similar much-rifled ones from my childhood; food splattered and often scorched from being left on a hot element. You wouldn’t do it with those glossy coffee table versions of today would you?!
I would suspect that the Balclutha sponge recipe was adapted by the Scots settlers. It epitomises coming to a land of plenty, where you could lavishly put four to six eggs in sponge and use luxurious ingredients.
Many of those settlers came with nothing, so it was a matter of pride being able to produce tables groaning with sponges, tarts and cakes, and other baked goodies.
It became competitive, and it still is, in rural communities.
We’d be interested in hearing from anyone who knows anything about the Balclutha Never Fail Sponge, and having a bake-off.