Date, Chocolate & Hazelnut Crunch

Date, Chocolate & Hazelnut Crunch
Unpacking boxes of food items to stock my newly built pantry, I came across a jar of date molasses.  Date molasses is similar to blackstrap molasses but milder in flavor (golden syrup or treacle can be used here instead).  The date molasses inspired me to create a slice similar to a very popular ginger crunch that originates in Takaka (the original recipe can be found here) but using dates (obviously) to appeal to people not overly fond of ginger. I don’t completely understand how people can not be fond of ginger but I do have a couple living in my house.  I try not to make the ginger version too often as I am likely to scoff the lot in a couple of days and that is not an action that fits into my everything in moderation philosophy.

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On the menu: Toffee Apple M&M Brownies

Toffee Apple M&M Brownies
Last week I was out scouring the shops in Gisborne for the new Whittakers artisan chocolate range.  I tried the supermarkets (big and small) and after searching high and low and not finding any, I decided perhaps The Warehouse might have some.  Desperate measures call for desperate moves and anyhow, I needed to go back there to swap The Anster’s slippers for a bigger size.
Toffee Apple M&M Brownies
So searching high and low and The Warehouse isn’t a good idea as I approached the checkout counters with a bunch of stuff I didn’t need but no chocolate.  I did find some Toffee Apple flavoured M&M’s and thought they might be nice. Continue reading

The mishaps & misadventures of Raspberry Jam Slice

The mishaps & misadventures of Raspberry Jam Slice

Raspberry Jam Slice
The Anster likes to go tramping (aka hiking) and often organises a weekend trip away with one or both of our boys. The last trip he organised was a during a very disorganised time for me, so he had to visit the supermarket to buy some ‘post-tramp’ snacks suitable to leave in the car (therefore not chocolate in case the day was a stinker and the snacks melted into a globby mess).

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Dates & chocolate

If you are partial to dates, then this slice is for you.  If dates aren’t really your cup of tea, then try it any way – the chocolate & date flavour combination is very very good and will convert many a date-hater into a date-appreciator.  Well maybe a date-tolerator would be a better way to put it.

The date & chocolate spread can also be spread straight onto some grainy toast for a delicious alternative to chocolate hazelnut spread.

Apricot & Almond Slice

The Chocolate & Date Slice is at the rear of the photo.  Right front is Lemon & Currant Cake, left front is Apricot & Almond Slice.

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Easy & super popular: Apricot & Almond Slice

This Apricot & Almond Slice seems benign in appearance and the simple ingredients don’t shout. However it is a huge hit and will disappear lightning fast from the baking tin.  It can be made with wholemeal flour, but in this instance plain white flour is good.  Try the Chocolate & Date variation for something different.
Date & Chocolate Slice

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