Best Baking Recipes – Kiwi Baking

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Chocolate Slice Recipe

March30

It’s great how much interest people are showing in the website and how many are rediscovering half-forgotten baking skills, while others are trying their hand for the first time.  A generous urge to share their old favourites has led some people to contribute their recipes. This is a family favourite of a colleague of mine.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup cornflakes or weettbix
  • 1  1/2  cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 oz/175 gm butter

Method:

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the melted butter. Mix well. Press down into a square 9 in/23 cm tin and bake at 180 C/350 F

(if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time)  for 20 minutes. Ice in the tin while still warm and then cut into slices. Leave in the tin to cool and then store in an air-tight container.

Icing:

  • 25 gm softened butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa

Mix the icing ingredients and add a little hot water, just enough to get a nice consistency.

Lamingtons (Using Ella’s Sponge Recipe)

February27

Lamingtons have a long history in New Zealand and currently there is a resurgence of interest as part of a growing nostalgia for baking from our past. For those who want to cheat, you can always buy the sponge cake! For others who want to be involved in the whole process this recipe works really well.

Ingredients:

  • one level cup of sifted flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Method:

In a bowl mix the flour and sugar. Break in each egg and then add the milk and then the butter. Beat for 3 minutes. Lastly add the sifted baking powder and mix well. Bake in a greased square tin (7.5 in/8.5 cm) at  155 C/ 310 F on fan bake for about 40 minutes. The fan bake will ensure an even cooking and prevent the cake from rising in the middle so you have a nice geometric shape suitable for cutting into squares. (If you are using this recipe to make a sponge and it is not intended for lamingtons then I would cook it at 190 C/375 F for 25 minutes) When cooked place on a wire rack to cool. It is best to leave several hours or even until the next day to firm up before dipping into quite a runny chocolate icing.

Icing:

  • 1/2 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sifted cocoa
  • warm water

Mix the icing ingredients together to form a runny mixture. Using tongs dip each lamington briefly into the icing and turn to coat all sides. Place on a plate of dessicated or shredded coconut and cover with the coconut. Leave to dry.

To dress up your lamingtons for a special occasion partially split each one and fill with whipped cream and add a dollop of jam in the centre.

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Afghan Biscuits Recipe

February19

Since I began this site different family members have been waiting with anticipation for this national favourite  to appear. It’s easy to make and I’ve never had it fail.

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz/200 gm butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1  1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups cornflakes
  • walnuts

Method:

Cream the butter and sugar and then add the vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients and add to the mixture. Mix well. Put spoonfuls of the mixture on to a cold, greased oven tray.  Press down a little. Bake at 180 C/350 F for 15 minutes (if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time).  Place on a wire rack to cool. Ice with chocolate icing and place a walnut on top. Store in an air-tight container.

Chocolate icing:

  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • dash of hot water

Mix all of the icing ingredients together in a bowl until a thick paste is formed.

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Oasis Fingers Recipe

January22

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz/110 gm butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 large cup sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates

Method:

Beat butter and sugar to a cream and then add the beaten egg. Add the flour and baking pwder and then the coconut and lastly the dates.  Spread into a greased tin (8 in/20 cm square) and bake at 180 C/350 F for 20 minutes (if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time). Ice and then cut while still warm in the tin. Store in an air-tight container.

Icing:

  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 1 dessert spoon sifted cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Mix all ingredients together using a dash of hot water to make a smooth consistency.

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Peanut Crunch Recipe

January18

Ingredients:

  • 5 0z/140 gm butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 dessert spoon golden syrup
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup cornflakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts

Method:

Cream the butter and sugar and then add the golden syrup. Add the dry ingredients and lastly the peanuts.  Mix well. Press into a square tin (9 in/23 cm). Bake at 350 F/180 C for 30 minutes (if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time).  Ice and cut in slices while still warm in the tin. Store in an air-tight container.

Icing:

  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 1 dessert spoon sifted cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Mix all ingredients together using a dash of hot water to make a smooth consistency.

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Coconut Crunch Recipe

January17

coconut crunch

This recipe used to belong to June who was well known in the family for her baking. It’s also an old New Zealand favourite.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 oz/110gm butter
  • 1 dessertspoon sifted cocoa
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup coconut

Method:

Beat the sugar and butter to a cream. Combine all the remaining dry ingredients and add to the butter/sugar mix. Press into a shallow 8 1/2 in/75 cm tin and bake at 180 C/350 F for 20 minutes (if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time). Ice and then cut into slices while still warm in the tin. When cool store in an air-tight container.

Icing:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1 dessertspoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • hot water to mix

Mix icing in to a smooth paste.

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