Showing posts with label golden syrup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label golden syrup. Show all posts

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Chewy Anzac Caramel Slice

This is a simple recipe that takes the traditional Anzac cookie to a whole new decadent level. I bet you won't be able to stop at just one ... They are really delicious.

BASE: 1 1/2 cups SR flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 140grams butter ... mix and bake in a 20x30 baking paper lined tray in a low oven (about 170 degrees) for about 12 minutes.
FILLING: A tin on condensed milk 50mls golden syrup and 50 grams butter ... microwave to melt, mix together and set aside to cool slightly.
TOPPING: 1 cup oats, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup coconut and 50 grams melted butter ... mix together.

Pour filling onto the base add topping and press slightly then bake again gently for another 10 to 12 minutes until golden and bubbly. Allow to cool in the pan and slice to serve.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Quinoa (Anzac) Cookies

Can they get any more delicious - absolutely!
Quinoa (Anzac) Cookies


My inspiration comes from my cousins (Judy Miragliotta) recipe of yummy traditional Anzac Biscuits however for my delicious morsels I have changed it to suit me and made them with Quinoa flakes instead of the traditional oats used in Anzacs and another bonus twist I have added 50/50 coconut flour and plain flour ... you can use just plain flour if you choose but I just love the extra coconut flavour boost.



  • Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a large bowl ... 1/2 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup coconut flour, 1 cup of quinoa flakes, 1/2 cup raw caster sugar, 3/4 coconut (desiccated or the moist shredded one).
  • In a small saucepan melt together 150 grams of butter and two extra large tablespoons of golden syrup ... gentle simmering roll for a minute or two to achieve a nice caramelised golden colour.
  • To this mixture add a 1/2 teaspoon of bi-carb soda that has been dissolved in two dessert spoons of water ... while the mixture is still frothing add it to the dry ingredients and combine.
  • Form into biscuit size balls and flatten them to bake on baking paper in a gentle oven until golden brown ... these biscuits are very soft when first out of the oven so let them cool on the tray so as not to break them.



Mixing up a recipe to suit yourself and your family or adapting the ingredients to hand is what in my opinion cooking is all about. Loads of fun trying new ideas. Some will be successful like this one and some not so. 
Give your ideas a go you may be pleasantly surprised.



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kofta with Saffron Dressing ... Mars Bar Slice...

Beef/Pork Kofta with Saffron Yoghurt Dressing
School Holidays... cooking class activity held with our local Youth Group. Everyone enjoyed preparing, cooking  and eating these yummy Kofta along with a tossed salad and Mars Bar Slice for dessert... nothing left over is a good indication of success and now the kids have been skilled in the art of cooking these themselves at home. So simple even the kids can do it!



  • Into a food processor place 1 roughly chopped brown onion, 1 cup of loosely packed fresh herbs such as coriander, continental parsley and mint... finely process.
  • Next add 1kilo of minced meat... we used 50/50 pork and beef... process again quickly.
  • About 100grams of crumbled feta and two eggs.
  • Finally 1 teaspoon of ground coriander, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice and some salt and pepper.
  • Pulse this mixture to a paste like consistency and then form into sausage shapes around bamboo sticks using about a tablespoon or so of the mix on each. (This mix produced about 17 as pictured)
The Kofta can either be grilled or cooked on a BBQ and the kids did this also.
BBQ time
Saffron Yoghurt Dressing and tossed salad

Saffron Yoghurt Dressing

  • Take 10 threads of saffron and soak them in a tablespoon of hot milk until the milk goes cold.
  • Add this along with a couple of tablespoons of fresh chopped coriander to a 250 gram tub of Greek style yoghurt and there you have it.



Mars Bar Slice
This went so fast I didn't get a photo of the cut pieces... also a huge success... also easily made by the kids at home.




  • Take 75 grams of butter, 1 tablespoon of golden syrup and 4 chopped Mars Bars and gently melt using a double boiler over a low flame until smooth.
  • Add this mixture to 3 cups of rice bubbles and mix quickly.
  •  Place the mix into a lined and greased slice tray and cool while making the topping.
  • Topping is a 200gram block of chocolate and a large knob of butter which is also melted  using a double boiler over a low flame until smooth and then spread across the top of the slice. Set in the refrigerator until the top is hard.

Thank you kids and Lyn the Youth Officer for inviting me to conduct cooking lessons with you. I hope you all found the day as inspiring as I did. I Hope to see you all attending the next planned cooking lessons for this coming term. Excellent effort kids you made the mutual learning a pleasure to be a part of.