Déjà vu

It most certainly is déjà vu.

Francesca, from Almost Italian, commented on my previous post by saying that she made a similar chocolate slice but hers included Vita Brits (Weet-Bix).  Francesca’s comment got me thinking.  Was the slice I remembered from my childhood the recipe from my sister, Vickie, or was it the one to which Francesca was referring?  We never ate Vita Brits or Weet-Bix for breakfast in our house but I do remember finding them in the pantry and eating them with butter and jam.  Were they left over after Mum had made this slice?

Francesca noted that her mum had been making the recipe since the 60’s.  If my Mum was making it, it would have been the same time.  I was certain these old recipes must be Women’s Weekly recipes so I went to Eat Your Books and did a search of my cookbook library.  Alas, I got no hits.  I couldn’t check my cookbooks directly as we are in different houses.  I did, however, find the recipe Francesca was referring to on taste.com.au.

When Francesca posted the recipe, she was making it with her two beautiful granddaughters and commented how much the kids loved it and how easy it was for them to make. Francesca was responsible for meltng the butter and her grand daughters were responsible crunching up the Vita Brits and for the mixing.  Sounds like perfect demarcation to me.  The recipe on taste.com.au was classified under kid friendly.  There is a theme happening here.

I decided to make Francesca’s recipe to do a compare and contrast.  This recipe has the advantage, and disadvantage, of the inclusion of Weet-Bix or Vita Brits (wholewheat breakfast biscuits).  The advantage is: the cereal adds a bit of nourishment to an otherwise very sweet, rich recipe. The disadvantage is: unless you are a regular consumer of Weet-Bix, you have to go out and buy them.  The recipe uses three Weet-Bix.  What am I going to do with the rest of the packet?

So… which recipe is best?  They are, virtually, the same except, for the inclusion of the Weet-Bix.  The addition of the Weet-Bix makes this slice crunchier and less rich than the recipe in my previous post.  The icing on this slice (icing sugar and water) is also less rich (you could use whatever icing recipe you like).

The verdict? They both taste great.  If you are making them for kids and have Weet-Bix in the house, I would probably go this recipe.  The Weet-Bix extends the ingredients, adds a bit of nourishment and you don’t need to take out your mixer to make the icing.

If you are making them for grown ups, I would choose the previous recipe, simply because it is just that much richer.  I prefer the recipe in my previous post and Maus prefers this one.  Both are delicious and really worth making, especially if you have kids or grandkids who like helping out in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 3 wholewheat breakfast biscuits, eg Weet-Bix or Vita Brits
  • 1 cup (85g) desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup (120g) caster sugar
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 2 tbs* cocoa
  • 150g butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

*These are 20 mil tablespoons

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a 16 x 26cm baking pan with baking paper (a 20cm x 20cm pan is about the same size).
  2. Break up the cereal and place it into a mixing bowl with the coconut and the sugar.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa together.  Add to the bowl.
  4. Melt the butter and pour over dry ingredients.  Add the vanilla essence.  Mix well.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and press down firmly.  I scored the slice before I baked it.  I reckon this makes cutting the slice so much easier.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes in your preheated oven.
  7. Ice the slice whilst still hot. (I didn’t read this instruction until too late so the slice was cold when I iced it but it was fine.)

Icing:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbs* cocoa
  • 2 tbs* hot water

Sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a small bowl.  Add the water and stir well.

 

Home at last …

It certainly feels like I have been away.  I have definitely been away from both this blog and Bridgetown.  I hadn’t been here for ages.

As you know, I had been in Perth cleaning and gardening and packing.  The house now looks so good it was very hard to sign the management authority – there were even a few tears.  But I did it and now we are looking for tenants.  Normally, that would be the easy part but Perth is a boom-bust town and, at the moment, it is going through a ‘bust’ so it is harder than usual to find tenants. Continue reading

In My Kitchen – January 2017

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Happy New Year, everyone!

I haven’t written an “In My Kitchen” post for a while as I haven’t had anything new but I do now!

In my kitchen:

Are cherries.  As I mentioned in my previous post, we harvested cherries this year for only the second time in 20 years.  Clearly, the weather was just right for them as the trees produced their crop despite total neglect. Continue reading

Christmas is all around …

p1010164copyChristmas time can be a bit weird.  Those of faith, I presume, can ignore all the commercial hype and concentrate on the original meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ.  But for those of us without faith, it has come to mean a time to decorate a tree, play carols, be with family and friends, exchange gifts and be merry.  All of which sounds rather jolly.  To help us achieve this dream, and in the name of commercialism,  we are flooded with images of the ideal Christmas, an ideal, I am sure, most cannot achieve. Continue reading

Merry Christmas and something for the BBQ

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Thanks, Al, for our lovely reindeers

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas.

I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow, a wonderful week and a healthy and prosperous new year. For those who work, have a big rest and to those who don’t, thank your blessings.  I know I do, everyday.

I have had lots and lots of new followers lately.  To them, I would like to say “Hello” and “Welcome”.  I hope you stick around and enjoy what you see.

To the old faithfuls, “I love you lots.”

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