Wednesday 21 January 2015

Anzac Inspired Slice Recipe

I made this slice for our neighbour as a thank you for kindly lending us his trailer after our big garden tidy-up session. Given he and his house mates are all hungry young tradies, I thought a hearty mixture of tradition and healthy oats and nuts would be an appropriate combination. So I adapted a traditional Anzac biscuit recipe to enhanced its nutritional value by substituting oil for butter and adding extra oats, along with walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

Anzac Slice

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup plain flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup walnuts
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup oil
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat the oven to 160deg. C and line a 30 x 20cm or equivalent slice tin.

Use a rolling tin to roll over and break the walnuts into small pieces.

This is a more efficient way then slicing, and just as effective.

In a large bowl mix the rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

In a measuring jug mix the oil and golden syrup. Microwave for 20 seconds to warm.

Mix the boiling water and baking soda together in a separate bowl. Add the soda and water to the oil mixture and stir to combine. It will start to froth.

Mix the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Spread the mixture into the slice tin and smooth over the top.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden and risen.

Leave in the tin to cool and harden for 15 minutes before using a serrated knife to slice into squares. This is best done when the slice is still warm.

Now that the school term is about to start, this slice also makes a great lunchbox filler.

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