BUTTERMILK PECAN RUSKS

INGREDIENTS:

1.5kg cake flour

9 heaped teaspoons baking powder

1 tsp salt

500g butter (or baking margarine)

2 large eggs

2 cups buttermilk

2 cups castor sugar

1.5 tsp vanilla essence

  1. cup chopped pecan nuts (optional)

METHOD:

  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  • Roughly chop nuts
  • Beat butter till soft; Whisk eggs together then add your buttermilk and vanilla essence; add this mixture to your butter and beat until blended.
  • Mix flour mixture into buttermilk mixture, add nuts and knead well until firm dough is formed.  If it is easier, once the dough starts to come together, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until all ingredients are combined and a firm dough is formed
  • Grease a large baking tray and flatten the dough into the tray with a rolling pin (about 2cm in height)
  • Bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes
  • Cool off in tray on cooling rack.  Once cool, cut into slices.
  • Arrange slices on two baking trays and pop back in the over at 100 degrees for about 5 hours with the door slightly open (use a wooden spoon in the door).  Switch off your oven and leave the trays in with the door closed overnight.

Enjoy dunking them in your cup of tea or coffee 😊

CHOCOLATE CRUNCHIES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 230gms butter
  • 1Tbs golden syrup
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda

method:

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees c
  2. Mix the flour, oats and coconut in a bowl
  3. Melt the butter in a small pot and then add the syrup and sugar and heat
  4. When the butter is bubbling add the bicarb and stir through and remove from the heat
  5. Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir together by hand
  6. Press the crunchie mixture into a greased or lined baking tray
  7. Bake for 15 minutes at 180 C, then turn the oven down to 160 C and bake for a further 10 minutes until golden brown
  8. Allow to cool in the pan before slicing.
  9. If desired, add melted chocolate to the top of the crunchies after they have cooled down and before slicing – really delicious!
  10. ENJOY!

Click on the link below to see my Youtube tutorial on these yummy treats!