Today was one of those days. I had an hour or so to myself this afternoon and decided to make some crunchies for the biscuit tin. I turned to one of my favourite cookery books - Home Cooking by Francois Ferreira. What could go wrong with a simple recipe for crunchies?
I first looked at the quantity for the dry ingredients and thought it looked far too much for the amount that I wanted to make - 1 kg of oats!! I decided to halve the quantity and it was still a lot but everyone loves crunchies so I thought it wouldn't be a problem to make a big batch. As I had halved the dry ingredients I then halved the liquid ingredients. It was completely wrong - I ended up using 4 times the amount in the recipe book. How can it be so wrong in a published book - don't they use proofreaders? Anyway - the end result was delicious . Crunchy and chewy - perfect with a glass of milk.
Here is Francois Ferreira's adapted recipe:
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Yield: 24 - 48 depending on size
- 5 cups oats
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 360 g butter
- 60 ml golden syrup
- 10 ml bicarbonate of soda
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
- Combine the butter, syrup and bicarb in a pan and heat until melted.
- Combine the dry ingredients, add the melted liquid and mix well.
- Press into a baking tray with the back of a spoon (mine was 30cm x 30cm).
- Bake for 20 mins.
- Remove from the oven, cut into squares and allow to cool before storing.
Written by : Angela Darroch