10 recipes that take you back to your childhood

Mumsnetters share the favourite childhood recipes they learned from their parents and grandparents <nostalgic sigh>


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Jam turnover

jam turnover recipe

"My fondest memory: whenever my mum did anything with pastry she would always give me all the offcuts to make a jam turnover.

Roll out a rough circle, dollop jam on one side, turn over like a pasty and seal the outside. Decorate with rolled up bits of pastry if preferred. Bake, then eat with lashings of evaporated milk!"

Oat biscuits

oat biscuits recipe

"This was one of the first things I learned to make on my own. It's like making flapjacks - combine the wet ingredients then add the dry ones before mixing and shaping into biscuits before baking."


75g self raising flour
75g porridge oats
75g sugar
75g butter
1 tbsp golden syrup
Splash of milk

Cheese wheels

cheese wheels

"My grandmother and I used to make a 'proper' afternoon tea of these whenever I went up to her house - with lots of grated cheese, rolled up like a Swiss roll and cut into pinwheels."

Try our cheese straws recipe 


shortbread recipe

"My nan made the best shortbread in the world - it's an easy recipe for a child to help with right from the start with simple, infinitely scalable proportions of 3:2:1."


3oz (or 6, or 12...) plain flour (tip: a small amount can be replaced with rice flour, if you can get it - it will make the biscuits crisper)
2oz butter, room temp but no warmer - it MUST be butter, nothing else will do
1oz sugar
Pinch of salt


Squidge it together into a ball, working it gently (don't overhandle or the butter will go oily and the biscuits will be tough). Press with fingers and knuckles into a shortbread mould (or you can roll out and cut with cutters into biscuit shapes.) Put it in the oven for 20 minutes at 190C/375F/Gas 5. It should hardly colour in the oven and will crisp up as it cools. Shake some caster sugar over to finish.

Cheese, onion and potato pie

potato pie

"I remember my grandmother piling on the butter and milk into the potatoes to make them as fluffy and creamy as she could and then finishing off the pie by grating cheese over the top of it. She placed sliced tomatoes on, then grilled it for a few minutes for that perfect crispy topping. Still made and eaten by myself and my eldest daughter."

Try our cheese and potato pie recipe  

Gypsy Tart

gypsy tart recipe

"My nan used to be a school cook and would always make a massive tray of this when we would visit her house. It was fab. I can make it now without my nan - but I would give anything to have another slice of hers."

Try our gypsy tart recipe

Mince pies

mince pies

"I remember, every Christmas Eve, standing on a stool next to my mum and putting the dollops of mincemeat in the pastry. I can still feel the excitement and happiness, the warmth of the kitchen and the smell of the cinnamon. Guess what I do with my children on Chrismas Eve?"

Try our mince pies recipe  

Baked stuffed potatoes

stuffed jacket potatoes

"They were the first thing I learned to cook, so I could make myself a snack."

Rub baking potatoes in butter and cut a ring round the middle into the skin
Pop in the oven at 180C for one hour
Take out of the oven, scoop out the insides, mash with lots of cheese, butter, a dash of milk, salt and a tiny bit of English mustard and cayenne
Pop the innards back in and place under a medium grill until browned

Bread and butter pudding

bread and butter pudding recipe

"My nan used to make the most fantastic bread pudding to cheer me up - it was sugary and sweet, really delicious."

Try our bread and butter pudding recipe  

Apple crumble

apple crumble recipe

"I remember standing on a dining chair in the kitchen, up to my elbows in flour and butter and then sprinkling the sugar on top. We've done this a couple of times now with our daughter. She's always a little unsure to start with, but it's impossible to prise the bowl off her after five minutes!"


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