Monday, 14 August 2017

Pineapple Radio

ABC Canberra talks to the Pineapple Princesses

Ann Rocca and Anna Vidot

Photos: Jo Laverty, ABC Radio Canberra

The Recipes:

The Liberated Cook by the Reluctant Housewife to aid research into Muscular Dystrophy NSW

Pineapple Fruit Cake
A moist cake with canned pineapple.

1 cup sugar; 500g can crushed pineapple; 500g mixed fruit; 1 tspn bicarbonate soda; 1 tspn mixed spice; 125g butter or margarine; 1 cup plain flour; 1 cup self-raising flour; 2 eggs

Place sugar, whole contents of can of pineapple, chopped mixed fruit, bicarbonate soda, spice and butter in saucepan. Bring to the boil and boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Sift flours together. Mix into cold fruits mixture with well-beaten eggs. Place mixture in greased and lined 20cm tin. Bake in a moderate oven 180°C for approximately 1 ½ hours, reduce heat to 150°C and bake further 20-30 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. Cool in tin.
Golden Circle Tropical Recipe Book, Queensland 2nd Edition 1970s

Pineapple Muffins
2 cups S. R. flour; ¼ teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon or grated rind of 1 orange; ¼ cup sugar; ½ tsp salt; 1 beaten egg; ¾ cup milk; 1/3 cup melted butter; 1 X 450g can Crushed Pineapple (drained
Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Combine egg, milk and butter. Add to flour all at once and stir quickly until dry ingredients are just moistened. Lightly stir in pineapple. Fill greased muffin or patty tin 2/3 full. Bake in 200°C over for about 25 minutes or till golden. Serve warm with butter.

ABC Newcastle talks to the Pineapple Princesses

Photo: Anthony Scully, ABC Radio Newcastle

James Valentine talks to the Pineapple Princesses


  1. The boiled fruit cake you mention in this post is still a favourite in my family. So easy and always a great result. To make it look more like a dark and well-matured cake, I add a spoonful of instant coffee. I don't bother changing the temperature as it bakes, though. I bake mine at 170 for one hour and then let it remain in the switched-off oven for one hour longer. I cut the cake in half and freeze half.

  2. How did I miss this?!
    You go girls!!!