Turtle Bars

Bars – not quite a cake, not quite a biscuit. More like a tart? Not sure. All I know is that they are quick to make and oh so yummy. I found this recipe for Turtle Bars in a Real Simple magazine. Remember when it was published in South Africa? Yeah, long time ago. I have one prized copy that contains this recipe. Mind you, I modify it every time because I never quite have all the ingredients at hand. Pecan nuts are expensive, so I used mixed nuts, for example. Oh, why are they called turtle bars? Because once out of the oven the combination of melted chocolate, nuts, and chewy filling, make them look like little turtle shells. So I am sharing my version of turtle bars with you. They are real simple to make 😉 Turtle Bars (makes about 30, depending on the size of your squares) Ingredients 500 ml (2 cups) of cake wheat flour 125 ml (1/2 cup) icing sugar 230 g  (about 1 cup) butter 1 tin condensed milk 1 large egg beaten 5 ml vanilla extract 250 ml (1 cup) mixed nuts or pecans, roughly chopped 2 80g slabs of chocolate – I […]

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A blog and a date ball

I love food. I think about it all the time. Where to eat, what to make for dinner, what to bake at 10pm with limited ingredients and dessert urgency. My boyfriend knows this. “You should start a blog”, he said. After a photo hosting site’s service terms change brought an abrupt end to my previous blog, I was reluctant to start a new one. But food. What better way to start over than with old-school dadelbolletjies, aka date balls. Now these aren’t the healthy protein ones. That’s a post for another day. These little treats are, or at least used to be, a staple on the shelves of most tuisnywerhede (home industries) and kerkbasaar (church fete) tables. You’ll find various hand scribbled versions in grannies’ recipe books (look for the stained pages – that’s where the good stuff is). A recipe by Anna Carolina Alberts from her book Butter & Love inspired me to whip up a batch. I used hers as a base, consulted a few hand scribbled inherited recipes, and then finally added a few of my own touches. Like the cocoa. Because chocolate makes everything better. Did I mention they are really quick to make? Ingredients 250 g […]

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