PREP TIME: 5mins COOKING TIME: 30mins

Crunchies as we South Africans call them is kind-off like a crunchy flapjack. Gina’s crunchies had a bit of a reputation of being the best in Cape Town, this is her recipe, roughly based on the original recipe from Drizzle and Drip. Many a lunchbox across Cape Town were filled with these crunchy joys of delight.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

20 x 30 ceramic or brownie tin

INGREDIENTS
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • a pinch of salt
METHOD
  1. Pre heat the oven to 180c
  2. Line a square baking tin or ceramic with baking paper, ideally overhanging over the sides
  3. Mix the flour, oats and coconut in a bowl
  4. Melt the butter in a small pot and then add the honey and sugar
  5. When the butter is bubbling add the bicarb and stir through and remove from the heat
  6. Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir together by hand
  7. Using the back of a flat spatula, gently press the crunchie mixture into a greased
  8. Bake for 20 minutes and then turn the oven down to 160c for a further 10 minutes until golden brown *
  9. Allow to cool in the pan before slicing
KITCHEN NOTES

How do you like your crucnhies? Soft or crunchy? I like mine a very crunchy especially the sides and is thus not completely against the idea of over baking these. If you are like me give it an extra 5 or 10 minutes.

A school cake sale is a busy parents worst nightmare, yes there is irony in this, but as a chef my time in my own kitchen is quite limited. I decided I was going to be super organised with this bake off by bringing some of Gina’s lovely crunchies home for the sale. Rushing, I added these to tupperware before heading home. The next afternoon I was shocked to see some cookies left over from the sale, what happened, why did they not sell? Mamma, they taste funny? Oh, can’t be, so I tasted one only to realise that I placed them in a tupperware that tasted of Chilli Con Carne. Great, I thought, I  managed to make chilli flavoured crunchies, we cant’ win, can we!

PREP TIME: 5mins COOKING TIME: 30mins

Crunchies as we South Africans call them is kind-off like a crunchy flapjack. Gina’s crunchies had a bit of a reputation of being the best in Cape Town, this is her recipe, roughly based on the original recipe from Drizzle and Drip. Many a lunchbox across Cape Town were filled with these crunchy joys of delight.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

20 x 30 ceramic or brownie tin

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • a pinch of salt

METHOD

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180c
  2. Line a square baking tin or ceramic with baking paper, ideally overhanging over the sides
  3. Mix the flour, oats and coconut in a bowl
  4. Melt the butter in a small pot and then add the honey and sugar
  5. When the butter is bubbling add the bicarb and stir through and remove from the heat
  6. Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir together by hand
  7. Using the back of a flat spatula, gently press the crunchie mixture into a greased
  8. Bake for 20 minutes and then turn the oven down to 160c for a further 10 minutes until golden brown *
  9. Allow to cool in the pan before slicing

KITCHEN NOTES

How do you like your crucnhies? Soft or crunchy? I like mine a very crunchy especially the sides and is thus not completely against the idea of over baking these. If you are like me give it an extra 5 or 10 minutes.

KITCHEN STORY

A school cake sale is a busy parents worst nightmare, yes there is irony in this, but as a chef my time in my own kitchen is quite limited. I decided I was going to be super organised with this bake off by bringing some of Gina’s lovely crunchies home for the sale. Rushing, I added these to tupperware before heading home. The next afternoon I was shocked to see some cookies left over from the sale, what happened, why did they not sell? Mamma, they taste funny? Oh, can’t be, so I tasted one only to realise that I placed them in a tupperware that tasted of Chilli Con Carne. Great, I thought, I  managed to make chilli flavoured crunchies, we cant’ win, can we!