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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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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Caramel Rice Bubble Treats

Caramel Rice Bubble Treat

Rice bubble slice is known by many different names: rice krispie treats, honey joys (although these are often made with corn flakes), rice bubble bars…..just a few I am aware of.

This timeless treat is popular with kids of all ages – I remember enjoying it when I was much younger (and I enjoyed it today too).  I have called it a treat rather than a slice as it does have a good amount of sugar in it.  I have used apple syrup in place of honey for a milder flavour.  The apple syrup blends beautifully with the caramel marshmallows. Continue reading