Hello, all!

​I’m taking part in the 7th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop, as organised by the fabulous author, Dianne Venetta.

​To help celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of my ebook novella, Then and Now. It follows a couple when they first fall in love, then eight years later, once they have the marriage certificate and obligatory two kids!

​The book’s set in the citrus-growing Riverland region in South Australia, and so, speaking of all things fruit, I thought I’d share the recipe for my mum’s choc-orange persimmon cake, below!

​To win a copy of the ebook, please leave a comment (and your contact email), sharing your most memorable childhood dish.

​Further, if you comment on each and every stop along the blog hop, you’ll be eligible for the grand prize of an e-reader and gift card too. Cool, huh? (The link list of authors participating in the hop is below.) The hop ends on April 27, so get your rollerblades on 😉


(Note: This cake is made with the old variety of Hachiya persimmons, which must ripen to a syrupy consistency inside before being eaten. Otherwise, the cake will taste very astringent!)


1 cup of persimmon flesh (should be very ripe)
1¼ cup of self-raising flour
125g butter
½ cup caster sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of orange rind, grated
1 tablespoon of custard powder
1 tablespoon of golden syrup
½ teaspoon of bicarb soda
¼ cup of orange juice


Grease a round baking tin (20cm x 4cm). Cream the butter with the sugar and golden syrup, and beat in the egg. Then, stir in all the other ingredients until the batter has a smooth consistency. Transfer to the cake tin. Cook in a moderate oven for roughly 35-40 minutes, depending on your oven. The cake should have a pudding-like moist consistency. It can be eaten cold, but tastes better warmed. Serve with cream or hot vanilla custard, and extra persimmon!

​Photo: Pinterest.

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  • admin-carla

    Hello, In a case of bad timing on my part, the revamp of my website coincided with this blog hop. So just copying over the fab comments already recorded on my old site … Lovely hearing from everybody!

    4/18/2018 01:39:57 pm
    omg that pie looks and sounds amazing!
    My favorite dish growing up was a jello parfait that consisted of lemon jello using 7-up instead of water, with canned pineapple within, then topped with a lemon-infused whipped topping and mini-marshmallows. IT. WAS. AMAZING. There was also a squash casserole I loved, which I really need to make again.

    Carole Burant
    4/18/2018 03:46:35 pm
    I’ve copied and will print out your MUM’S CHOC-ORANGE PERSIMMON CAKE, it sounds absolutely delicious!! I love baking and trying out new recipes:) As for my most memorable childhood dish, I remember being on cloud nine whenever my mom would make her Sheppard’s Pie…I have her recipe and make it but I don’t know, it just never seems to taste the same as hers. I guess it needs her loving touch:) Carole Burant (carole_57@hotmail.com)

    Ellie Bender
    4/18/2018 03:47:22 pm
    Not my favorite recipe, but the most memorable from my childhood was eggplant parmesan. It was the one time my parents tried to make me stay at the table until I had finished my food. It took me years to be able to try eggplant again!

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