Five Nostalgic Recipes

Maybe your theme for your next family gathering is ‘all things retro’. Or perhaps you’re simply not a fan of ‘trending’ dishes you’ve seen littered all over blogs, YouTube and TikTok. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a spot of nostalgia where home cooking is concerned.

Whether you simply want to pull out all the stops with some good, old-fashioned comfort food, or you fancy whipping up a recipe or two from yesteryear (vol-au-vents, anyone?!), we’ve got you covered in our latest blog post. Read on for five nostalgic recipes to try this week…

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Who remembers making one of these deliciously moreish puddings in Home Economics or Food Tech? We certainly do – and they’re so easy yet so satisfying to bake. The bit where you flip the cake out of its tin and onto a plate is surely the best part – and makes us feel like we’re taking part in the Great British Bake Off.

Find a full recipe for pineapple upside down cake here – and have fun creating your cherry-topped masterpiece.


While we’re on the subject of retro puddings, we couldn’t miss blancmange off the list…now could we? Whether you love it or hate it, it’s surely worth trying to make the wibbly wobbly dessert – even just for the novelty factor. Head to BBC Good Food for the method.

Cheese Fondue

You’ve sorted out your pudding (or puddings!), so how about a starter – or just a late-night snack? Enter the cheese fondue – the perfectly moreish addition to your evening meal (or snack time). The Kidspot site has a recipe we thought you might like. Well, anything with cheese in gets our vote anyway.

You could follow your cheese fondue with a sweet alternative – melted chocolate with marshmallows and sliced strawberries, anyone? Yes, please!


We mentioned vol-au-vents, so now we have to provide a recipe…don’t we? Oh, go on then. If you insist!

Well, we say one recipe, but this particular site has 17 of them! Yes, 17. Eat your heart out and try them all – if you have time, that is.

Banana Splits

We suppose all the recipes we’ve featured here have fun written all over them, but this one is next-level.

Banana splits are easy to make, too – speedy, as the recipe suggests. Providing everyone’s a banana fan, they’ll go down a storm at home and they’re ideal for kids’ parties as well. Will you be reliving your youth and making these this weekend?

What’s your favourite retro recipe? Perhaps you remember something specific from school dinner times – or maybe your nostalgic dinner go-to is simply anything your mum cooks for you. Let us know by commenting below – and don’t forget to join the conversation on Facebook. Want to see something specific on our blog? Let us know and we’ll make sure we add it to our list.

Until next time…

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