Monday, 7 October 2013

Good old fashioned Jubilee Twist

The biscuit and cake tin are always asking to be filled and yesterday I decided to make Jubilee Twist.  I had some recently at my sister's home and thought why not make this old fashioned favourite.  Mum made them when we were kids and still makes them, they're delicious.   


1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 - 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup currants (I used mixed dried fruit)
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
a little lemon peel (my lemon peel was in the mixed fruit)
Rub butter into the flour, add all dry ingredients, then the egg and milk.  Roll out into two long rounds and twist one around the other.  Bake 20 minutes.  Boil 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon water for 3 minutes and put on twist while hot.  Sprinkle with coconut.

Recipe from The C.W.A. Cookery Book and Household Hints, 38th Edition.

I would recommend doubling the recipe when you make this as it doesn't last long.   However I wouldn't recommend you make a mistake with the quantities like me and end up making four instead of the two I'd originally planned.  It was a happy mistake though as I iced two for our family, another I gave to our friend who helped with the studio construction and one went into the freezer.

  I prefer icing made with a little water and a dash of vanilla essence rather than the syrup on my twists.  My oven is fan forced and I bake the twists at 180C for about 25 minutes as a like a crusty outside.

In other ramblings totally unrelated to baking, I decided yesterday I would learn the military alphabet as I recently had an experience trying to spell something over the phone and was struggling with appropriate words i.e. U for what......umbrella?!!  Whereas had I know the military alphabet I would have said U for uniform.  How much better does that sound!  So I've been practicing my new alphabet, in the shower, hanging out the washing, while drinking my morning latte.  So here goes without cheating......
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliette, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.

I'm trying to teach this old dog new tricks!  :)

Anne xx


  1. umm those twists look scrummy. I probably should learn this alphabet too I come up with ridiculous words !

  2. Ooh, I love Jubilee Cake so will give this a go! I use the alphabet a bit, whenever confirming registration, engine and VIN numbers in our car dealership. Am loving your outdoor room construction!

  3. I taught my children the military alphabet on car journeys. Now they use it when we do their spelling tests.
    I use it so often on the phone, so I can vouch its a good thing to have off pat.
    Noting down the Jubilee cakes. Have the urge to sprinkle hundreds and thousands on them.

  4. Haven't seen those twists before, they look and sound delicious :) xx

  5. Hey good for you learning something new and useful!
    The Jubilee twists look great!
    Gill xx

  6. Well Anne, I've never heard of them but they certainly look good. At first I thought the recipe sounded a little like scones but I don't really know. Is it more cakey and do they keep ?( not that they would last long here anyway). Do you eat a whole one each? I'd like to give them a try.

  7. These look delicious! If I could grab one through the computer screen, I would. :-)

  8. Oh this is the kind of thing that I can not stop eating once I start. They look incredible :)

  9. I'm going to try some of these this weekend, very kind of you to share. My alphabet over the phone goes like this: apple, banana, Charlie, dog, elephant, fox, good, harry, intelligent, jolly, kiss, lima, mother, Norman, Oscar, peter, queen, Robert, silly, tommy, umbrella (!), victory, wet, x-ray, Yankee, zoo. Doesn't flow that well does it? Will need to teach this old dog a new alphabet x

  10. Hi Anne, do you know much about the history or origin of Jubilee Twist?


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