Jackpot, Madge!


The Internet is a wonderful thing.  Those of you who read my IMK post this month might remember my lament about how I used to have a great recipe for an oat and sultanas slice but had mislaid it.  It is a popular slice and there are many recipes for it, all with varying amounts of the basic ingredients.  I tried a couple but none tasted as good as I remembered my old recipe tasting.

Madge mentioned she had the recipe she thought I was seeking. And it was it!  Thank you so much, Madge.

It is a funny thing.  I knew it was the right recipe when I was putting the ingredients into the size tin Madge suggested and I thought, “This tin is too big for this amount of ingredients.”  Then I smiled.  I remembered that I used to make an Alfoil insert to reduce the size of my tin. (It was before I had every size tin there is).  I transferred the ingredients to a 23cm square tin and it was perfect.

I highly recommend you line your tin with baking paper.  I lined and buttered the base but only buttered the sides and they stuck a bit.

Honey Oat Bars


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup sultanas
  • ½ cup self raising flour, sifted
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 115g butter
  • 1 tbs* honey

*This is a 20 mil tablespoon


  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter and honey together.  I did this in the microwave.
  3. Add the butter and honey to the dry ingredients.  Mix until the ingredients clump together.
  4. Press firmly over base of a lined 23cm square tin.
  5. Bake at 190°C  for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  6. Cut into bars while hot.  Remove from the pan when cold.

19 thoughts on “Jackpot, Madge!

  1. I made this again today Glenda (for the family of course!) and remembered why I cannot make it too often- tastes too good and I will eat it ALL ! Emily

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  3. I was just admiring those in your IMK post so I’m really glad that you’ve posted the recipe now. I’ve never seen these before but they do look very good & easy to make. I had to look up sultanas – see all the things you learn on these blogs – I love it!

  4. These Honey Oat Bars take me to time and place… our kitchen in a small country town, tupperware containers, tea with milk and sugar and a piece of slice. Simple tastes that are forever in my memory as part of childhood 🙂

    • Ella, you are exactly right. Madge said she has been making this recipe for years and I used to make the one I had all the time. I have just been munching away and there is a lot of sugar in there, maybe we could reduce it a wee bit.

      • Too sweet for me now – I’d have black tea and make the slice with a lot less less sugar, and a taste of honey. It’s amazing as a kid how much sugar your body can use up.

    • This is definitely an old recipe, a cup of this and a half cup of that- and it tastes great. I am amazed how many recipes there are out there with the same ingredients but with different quantities and they don’t taste nearly as good.

      • I made 2 batches of this slice on Saturday so as to allow the kids to take to school in their lunchboxes. All gone by Sunday!
        Note- I found it easier to cut when they were (almost) cool, rather than when they were hot.

        • Hi Em, It is pretty good isn’t it? I cut it when hot and then cut it again (along the cut lines) when it is cold and I want to take it out of the tray. I do think double quantities are the go. Maus and I ate one lot in a day.

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