Recipe 1: Mum's Sponge or How to bake a sponge! Foolproof
'Mum's Sponge or How to bake a sponge! Foolproof’ recipe is the first in our set of handwritten heirloom recipes. Submitted by Sian Supski, this recipe has been passed down through generations from her Aunty Sylvie to her mum Phyllis and then on to her daughter Savannah.
The story behind the recipe:
My mum’s name is Phyllis, she is 79 years old and lives in Perth, Western Australia. She grew up in Fremantle and is one of 7 children. She has 2 sisters and 4 brothers. Cooking has always been a very important part of my family – both my grandmothers and my aunts were exceptional cooks and bakers. Family gatherings always consisted of delicious baked goods, including the sponge. It is always served with strawberry jam and cream, with a light dusting of icing sugar.
The sponge recipe has a long history in our family. My Aunty Sylvie gave the sponge recipe to my mum many years ago and my mum passed it to me, when I moved to Melbourne. My daughter, who is a very accomplished cook / baker, now also makes the sponge. The original recipe was only a few lines of method and the list of ingredients. The recipe here is so long because I am an anxious baker so my mum listed out all the steps for me!
The family folklore is that my Aunty Sylvie had the ‘lightest fingers’ because her sponges were melt in the mouth, delicate, ethereal, luscious. It is something we are all still aspiring to.
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Production: Letterpress printed on a creamy Crane Lettra Ecru 600gsm 100% cotton stock in a jam coloured ink, die cut with round corners.
Size: A6 (105 x 148mm)