Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Day 23: Cheating with a recipe and a joke

This one is for @jobeaz

Extra Thick Ginger Crunch
from @ home, with love / Julie Le Clerc (2008) Auckland, NZ: Penguin Books pg. 94

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teasp baking powder
1 teasp ground ginger
1/2 cup caster sugar
125g butter cubed

150g butter
1/4 cup golden syrup
2 cups icing sugar, sifted to remove lumps
1 Tablesp ground ginger
1/4 cup roughly chopped crystallised ginger

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a17x27cm deep sided slice tin with baking paper.
2. Place flour, baking powder, ginger, sugar in the food processor and pulse to sift.  Add butter and process to resemble fine breadcrumbs or rub in the butter by hand.  Press crumbs evenly over base of prepared tin.  Bake for 25 mins or until golden brown (mine didn't take that long).
3. To make topping, place butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan and melt together over medium heat.  Add icing sugar and ground ginger and cook for 1 min stirring constantly to combine until smooth. Stir in crystallised ginger.
4. Pour topping over base and leave until cool and set.  Remove from tin and cut into bars or squares to serve.  Will keep for 5 days in airtight container.  Makes 18.

And now a joke (thanks to friend K on FB).

3 men walking in the forest come across a beautiful waterfall. While they are looking at it a genie appears, and a huge slide from the top of the waterfall to the pool at the bottom. The genie says "Today is your lucky day! Slide down the slide, say your wish aloud and whatever you wish for will be in the pool when you get there."

The first man ... climbs up, and slides down yelling "gold!" Just like that the pool turns to liquid gold. He fills his bottle, pockets etc and runs away a rich man. 

The second man sees this and climbs to the top. He slides down yelling "Silver!" Instantly the pool turns to liquid silver. He fills everything he can find, and runs off a rich man. 

The third man climbs to the top of the slide and is blown away by the height of the slide and the beautiful view. He gets all excited sliding down, and yells........weeeeeeeee!

There is a lesson in that somewhere ;-P


  1. If recipes are cheating, then I've been guilty too! :) Sounds yum!

  2. okay looking at that photo makes me want to eat some ginger crunch.