Friday, November 11, 2011

Taste & Create: South African Crunchies


*Taste & Create is an amazing monthly food blog event, created by my friend Nicole of For the Love of Food. Participants are paired up randomly, and each create a recipe from their partner's blog! It is so fun! Please join us. The deadline to sign up is the 8th day of each month, email me at cowgirlmin07[at]gmail[dot]com if you're interested!

This month, I was partnered with Nicole of Seven Ate Nine. I really wanted to make her Hot Crab Dip, but I don't have access to the right kind of crab unless I drive for four hours one way. I also considered making her Savory White Chicken Chili. That is, of course, until I noticed this recipe for South African Crunchies. Not only have I never heard of them, I've never, to my knowledge, made anything remotely South African. Although surprised by their lack of exotic ingredients, I decided I had to make them!

I followed Nicole's lead and made a half batch, using only 1 1/2 sticks of butter and an 8x8 pan. I didn't have any pumpkin seeds, so I used about 1/8 cup flax seeds and 1/8 cup slivered almonds.

Mine turned out somewhat crunchy, but more crumbly...maybe I didn't let them cool long enough? They are tasty though, so I just might make them again! I think I was expecting more of a crisp than a crunch, but honestly I had no idea what to expect, what do I know, so go ahead and make them when you're looking for a different sweet snack. Can't wait to have one in the morning with my coffee, as Nicole suggests!

South African Crunchies

1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups coconut
3 cups oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
3 sticks butter
4 teaspoons corn syrup
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix together all of the dry ingredients, except the baking soda. Boil the butter and syrup, add baking soda and stir. Mix everything together, press into a flat pan (I halved the recipe and used an 8x8 pan). Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut immediately and let cool.


Unknown said...

Hi Mindy, this is Holly...Chase's (at the ranch)wife. I found your blog and am now craving almost all of the food that is on here! I hope that when I actually "move" to the ranch you would be willing to hang out and teach me something about cooking! (because frankly...I suck at it!) Hope life is great!

Shelby said...

Hi Min, the crunchies sound up my alley. Anything sweet nutty and crunch is top of the list! Thanks for inviting me back to T&C for this month. I'm actually shocked I made it! We have so much going on right now and are leaving in just 7 days for a 7 day cruise! It was fun to join in again and hopefully after the new year I can come back again!

Min said...

Holly, yes, I will teach you! We can make some meals together, it will be nice to have some company in the kitchen.

Shelby, thanks for participating, have a wonderful cruise and I'll see you next year!

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