I faced an issue with school lunches and snacks – for Splosh (when he was still at home) Bernard and Pretaboire (hubbie works at school), they are both starving by break time, Pretaboire is gluten intolerant, and Bernard burns calories by dancing 3 days a week and school, and walking there and back (2 miles each direction) Splosh needed a quick snack to grab between school, rugby etc etc etc. When you add the cost of a decent snack product, I decided that Nigella had to rescue me !
Some years ago, I was bought a wonderful BOOK for Christmas, to add to my ever growing collection of cook books. And as with lots of them I pour over them for ages and then put them on the shelf and never look at them again! However – this one is different and has my breakfast on hoof/snack remedy tucked inside it’s pages – All hail the joy that is Nigella and her cooking!!
For those of you who don’t have it on the shelf, here is the recipe and our adaptions to it!
Preheat the oven to 130 / gas mark 1/2
oil a baking sheet
Warm the condensed milk in a pan to make it runny
Mix together all the dry ingredients and add them to the milk (now off the heat)
spread the mixture into baking sheet and press down!
Bake for an hour
when it has cooled a little cut into as many pieces as required and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container
They are bloody lovely!!
It’s a nice easy and quick recipe, easy to do with little helpers which makes it even better.
We don’t follow the recipe to the letter and you don’t have to either. It’s simplicity allows for the flexibility to make it your own and fit your families tastes.
We don’t add the seeds because they aren’t favourite here. However we often add extra dried fruit, including apricots and dates.
Bernard is a fan of using muesli rather than plan oats as it gives a nicer taste and consistency.
We also sometimes add frozen fruit (cherries are a favourite of Pretaboire – blueberries for Bernard) The cooking process leaves them juicy and plump and add another level of taste to it.
Last week we discovered the ultimate taste by using half normal condensed milk and half Carnation caramel (there may be another make available!) Awesome toffee taste when it’s cooked!
Much nicer than shop bought cereal bars, and in the case of Pretaboire’s Gluten free ones, much cheaper! (gluten free oats or muesli is available from most supermarkets)
A couple of weeks ago we added melted chocolate to the top as an extra treat!