Jam & Coconut Sponge

My Grandad turned 80 on sunday, and I wished so badly I could have popped over to see him in England because I miss him so much, but instead I called him for a chat and we were reminiscing a little bit. He said: “do you remember when you told your mother: ‘Mum, I don’t want to eat here, I want to go to Grandad’s house for dinner, because he cooks better.” We were laughing because as a kid I had no idea how offensive that would have been to my poor Mum! But while we had good food at home, it was always fun to pop next door to my Grandads house, and sit on his knee while he fed me, especially as they always had delicious desserts after every meal! One of my favorite things that he and my Granny would make was jam and coconut sponge, which is such a delicious, classic English dessert that just reminds me of them whenever I eat it.

It also reminds me of my Mum and home in general, because she would make my Granny’s recipe too–so when she came to visit a couple of weeks ago I asked her if she would teach me how to make it. I can’t believe I ever said my Grandad was a better cook, because really she is such a natural and talented cook, that I didn’t give her enough credit. She just whipped this up in a couple of minutes flat, like it was second nature, and it was even better than I remembered (probably because it’s been YEARS since I have had it).

Anyway, there’s nothing complicated or gourmet about this dish, it’s just pure English nostalgic comfort food for me, so I thought I would post the recipe to have it on hand, plus i’ll need it so I can feed my little American family some good English food once in a while! There is just something so cool about having family recipes and feeding my kids the same exact thing that I loved eating as a kid too. I just Hope my kids won’t be as cheeky as I was, and tell me that they don’t like my cooking! :-/

Ingredients: (for three)
4 Tbsp butter
2 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup shredded coconut
3 Tbsp jam

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350degF. Soften the butter and beat with the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk until light and fluffy.

Fold in the flour with a spatula 

Spread the jam in the bottom of a dish or some ramekins 

Pour the batter on top to fill 3/4 way up the dish 
Bake at 350degF for 15-20 minutes 

Top with English custard or cream

I wish these pictures did this dessert justice, because it really is more delicious than it looks!

I hope you enjoy this classic English recipe.
<3 Sarah