Jam Drops and Marble Cake by the CWA of NSW

60 Years of award winning Country Women's Association recipes

By Laura McKinnon
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Jam Drops and Marble Cake by Country Women's Assoc

Jam Drops and Marble Cake by Country Women's Assoc [©Murdoch Books]


There’s nothing quite like a Country Women’s Association cookbook – they are down to earth, practical, and generally head great results. Jam Drops and Marble Cake is no exception.

The cookbook is a result of sixty years of collaboration between The Land Cookery Competition and the CWA. It contains recipes that celebrate the best of a rich heritage of baking and community. Recipes date as far back as 1952 and move up to recent times. It is a nice idea to create a cookbook where you can follow recipes from different eras.

Many of the recipes are absolute classics and are positioned as part of four categories, ‘Buttercakes and sponges’, ‘Fruit and vegetable cakes’, ‘Biscuits, slices, meringues and pikelets’ and ‘Loaves, breads, scones and muffins’.

Some of the cake highlights are orange and poppy seed cake, chocolate buttercake and banana cake. However, there are a few ‘different’ cake types that stray somewhat from what might be considered ‘typical’ fare – the butterscotch cake and citrus sour cream cake are two such examples.

Some samples of other recipes are fruit puddings, brownies, ANZAC biscuits (including the 1914 version!), peanut cookies, Yo Yo biscuits, shortbreads, coconut honey bars, peanut caramel squares, meringues, date and orange loaf, honey and nut roll, damper, different types of muffins and the list goes on.

The book is perfectly sized for kitchen use and for portability from place to place. It looks great as well in a retro 1950sesque type manner. It also contains historical tid bits throughout the text including old advertisements, newspaper articles and images relating to the CWA, and even an enrolment coupon for the ‘Land Cookery Judges School’.

Jam Drops and Marble Cake is a great value addition to any kitchen and will get plenty of use based on the practicality and tastiness of the recipes and the easy to follow instructions.

Jam Drops and Marble Cake written by the Country Women's Association of New South Wales is published in Australia by Murdoch Books (Sydney, 2011; hc, 212 pp) RRP A$24.99

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  • Sydney (NSW)

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