Saturday, 28 November 2015

Lunchbox filler

It's getting toward the end of the year and lunchbox-filling inspiration may be drying up slightly, particularly if harvest has added another lunchbox into the rotation.
This slice is the perfect lunchbox filler, unless you have a nut allergy of course, in which case – steer clear or call in a substitute ingredient. 
If it’s too soon for Christmas baking in your house as it is in mine (although I do currently have fruit soaking for my Christmas cake) then this simple but tasty slice may be a good option for a cuppa companion.
You can’t go wrong with the combination of dates and pecans, but walnuts will also do nicely if they’re easier to come by.  
Sprinkle some coconut or melt some white chocolate on the top if you want to get really fancy – but then, let’s not get too festive just yet.

Date and Pecan Slice
2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
100g brown sugar
125g butter, melted
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 cup self raising flour
1 egg

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a slice tin with baking paper.
Melt butter and sugar together in a saucepan over low heat, add golden syrup and mix until smooth.
In a bowl, mix all your other ingredients before adding the butter mixture and stir until combined.
Pour into slice tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
Cool and slice into squares.


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