See I said I wasn’t good at this… and a recipe

I get so busy ‘doing’ that I dont’ blog about it. I actually started this post in June!

My kitchen has been a mess this week. I needed a special treat to send to Kinder with my son for days when other kids bought in birthday cake to share. I attempted to make macarons as they are popping up everywhere and an original gluten free, dairy free, soy free, corn free recipe.  Well the almond ones were a complete failure and ended up in the bin.  I did realise though that I don’t actually like the strong almond flavour of a traditional macaron so at least I learnt something.

I’d reserved half of the meringue to make coconut ones as my sons kinder is also nut free.  They taste a lot better than the almond ones in my opinion as I’ve never been a fan of strong almond flavours such as marzipan.  I even refused to have marzipan on our wedding cake.

But I still wasn’t happy with these to send them to kinder.  They were huge and very sweet. So instead I went back to an old favourite that I have been making for years.  I used to make this as a teenager when I took over making the cakes and biscuits in our house.  I didn’t have to tweak it at all.  I just needed to make sure that the rice bubbles I used were gluten free and use Nuttelex instead of butter or regular margarine like I would have in the past.

Date and Bubble Slice

250gm dates – chopped

1/2 cup sugar

125gm margarine or butter

4 cups rice bubbles

Combine dates sugar and butter in a small pan and cook until the dates are mushy.  Be careful not to overcook this mix as if you do your bars will go very hard.

Place your rice bubbles into a large bowl and stir in date mix until it is combined.

Spray your slice pan with a little oil and sprinkle with coconut.

Press your mix in firmly and sprinkle the top with more coconut.

Allow to become almost set in the fridge then slice into fingers or if its fully set, use a bread knife to cut your fingers.

Enjoy.

Maybe one day I’ll update with photos.

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Filed under Baking, Corn Free (CF), Dairy Free (DF), Gluten Free (GF), Soy Free (SF)

One response to “See I said I wasn’t good at this… and a recipe

  1. Hi Heather. That sounds simple and delicious. I love dates and they are one of the few fruits my husband will eat too so I can bake with them without the risk of having to eat the entire finished product myself over the course of the week! Thanks for commenting on my nursery.Now, to answer your question, the lamps were sourced by a friend for me and I can’t remember the company though I have seen them in some stores. I was lucky to get them at wholesale price though I imagine they could be expensive to buy retail. Have you tried Freedom or Early Settler/Recollections for similar ones? Not too sure where you are based though let me know if you’re near Melbourne and I’ll pass on to you some specific stores which I know have similar products. If you’re not near Melbourne then perhaps I could post you a lamp if I come across one you like for the right price? Feel free to email me back to let me know what you think.
    Cheers
    Kristine

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