I recently spent a lovely afternoon with other mothers from my children’s school making all sorts of sweet treats for the school fete. It was a trip down memory lane – toffees, marshmallow cones, sherbet and coconut ice.
It’s hard not to be seduced by the utterly divine Sweet Treats, a collection of confectionary recipes by Frankie magazine. I’m not sure what I love more – homemade musk sticks (that are melt-in-the-mouth good) or the adorable ceramic cat egg cup that they are photographed in. Yes, half the appeal of Sweet Treats is the delicious retro styled photographs – nougat on lace doilies, pastel-coloured sherbets in silver spoons and candied peel on gingham squares.
All the sure-fire fete winners are included (toffee apples, coconut ice and honey joys) as well as some more challenging recipes such as caramels, honeycomb and candy hearts. A helpful guide to heating sugar is included as well as common questions about sweet-making and a ‘level of difficulty’ rating for each recipe, ranging from ‘Coconutty Shuku Shuka’ which are a cinch to the trickier lollipops.
Buy this book and either be the hero of your next school fete or simply delight in the beautiful, tempting photographs.
Sweet Treats is $19.95 and is available from Frankie Magazine or at selected newsagents.