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Mini Trifles

The Christmas table isn't quite complete without a Christmas Trifle. These layered, individual mini trifles are...

Mini Christmas Cakes

Christmas is the season for giving, and your friends and family will love being on the receiving end when you're handing out these Mini Christmas Cakes. The fruit cake recipe is packed with mixed fruit and infused with an assortment of spices, syrup and cocoa. There's...

Chocolate Fudge

This Chocolate Fudge Recipe comes from the pages of Nan Mac's handwritten recipe book. Nan Mac was my maternal grandmother and Nana Ling's daughter. Nan Mac was home schooled by Nana Ling, and she followed Nana Ling's tradition of keeping a notebook filled with...

Fruit and Nut Clusters

Packed with sultanas, peel and peanuts and topped with a little white chocolate, these fruit and nut clusters are only a little bit naughty and a lot nice.  We've decorated them here with red cherries and crushed green pistachio to add a little Christmas...

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween is here and these mini pumpkin Halloween cupcakes are definitely a treat. We've used Nana Ling's cupcake recipe and added some buttercream icing along with our marzipan model creations. My kids are Halloween crazy and loved baking these and then creating...

The story behind the blog

Nana Ling portrait

From 1939 to 1943 Nana Ling carefully recorded her recipes in a notebook.

She noted the date, the source, the ingredients and the method.

She recorded hundreds of wonderful recipes, from classic sweets that we still love today to forgotten gems.

That notebook eventually found its way to me, Libby, her great granddaughter

the baking team

In 2018, I started testing, tweaking and recording my great grandmother’s recipes here on this blog.

Making time for Cooking with Nana Ling every week – learning, remembering, and creating – has made me a happier home cook.

I’m also encouraging the next little generation of home cooks, my two daughters, to enjoy a little time in the kitchen.

I want to inspire you to become a happier home cook, too.

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Spring Sponge Sandwich

I'm celebrating another sponge cake success. Hooray! This Spring Sponge Sandwich is simple, light, and sweet. Nana Ling named this recipe the "3 Minute Sponge Sandwich" but I thought it deserved a more beautiful name. Also, I didn't want to set expectations too high,...

Blood Orange Marmalade

There's something very decadent about blood oranges, with their pretty crimson-infused flesh and the berry-like flavour which swirls through the citrus tang. They're certainly lovely to eat on their own, and are just as wonderful as an ingredient in...

Banana Cake with Lemon Frosting

I have a go-to banana cake recipe that I've been using for about 20 years. When I spotted this Banana Cake with Lemon Frosting recipe in Nana Ling's cookbook, I had a hunch that my go-to recipe was about to be replaced. My feeling came from the state of the Banana...

Cheese Biscuits (with savoury filling)

These Cheese Biscuits with savoury filling can be served as a little something to enjoy with a drink or as a welcome addition to any finger food platter. The recipe is from 1938 – a year before Nana Ling started writing hundreds of recipes onto the pages of the...

Monte Carlo Biscuits

We've already made Butternut Cookies and Iced VoVo Biscuits here in the Cooking with Nana Ling kitchen. This recipe is for  another biscuit made famous by Arnott's: the Monte Carlo Biscuit. The Monte Carlo was first manufactured by Arnott's back in 1926....

Simple Strawberry Jam

I've been in search of a simple Strawberry Jam recipe for a while, after fluking a great batch and then following that up with a disaster (yes, you can burn jam and, yes, it is messy). This recipe is the product of my experimentation with Nana Ling's Mandarin Jam...

Chocolate Layer Cake

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-7104666252673553", enable_page_level_ads: true });This Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe is nearly 80 years old, but it makes a perfectly modern semi-naked cake. The caramelised edge makes it much...

Butter Ball Cookies

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-7104666252673553", enable_page_level_ads: true }); Butter Ball Cookies can be whipped up quite quickly using ingredients you'll likely have on hand: butter, sugar, an egg, coconut and SR flour. ...

Coffee Cake

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-7104666252673553", enable_page_level_ads: true });    Looking for a coffee hit? This Coffee Cake recipe delivers a hit of coffee along with a little sugar rush! It's also a feast for the eyes,...


When a neighbour made this for the kids a few Christmases ago, it reminded me of something I may have enjoyed as a child. At the time, I didn't know the name of the dessert. I only knew an ingredient was jelly. Chances are I did enjoy this at some stage as a child. It...

Iced VoVo

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-7104666252673553", enable_page_level_ads: true }); The Iced VoVo biscuit has been an "Australian icon since 1906" according to Arnott's, the company that's responsible for the mass production of...

Apple Crumble

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-7104666252673553", enable_page_level_ads: true });This recipe is an oldie (it's from 1940) but it's definitely a goodie. Nana Ling recorded this Apple Crumble Recipe at the height of its...

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