My Mum has been making this slice for me since I was a kid – in fact, for the last 30 years. It’s always a little bit different each time she makes it, but I always love it and usually everyone who I share it with does too.
The recipe is easy (with just six ingredients) and is a variation of an old fruit and nut slice that one of my aunties used to make back in the 80s. Mum has been adapting the recipe over the years to make a more wholesome version with higher protein and less sugar.
With Mother’s Day coming up, I asked if I could watch her prepare it and share the recipe with you. It was a Sunday afternoon and making the slice reminded us of enjoying heart-warming late lunches with family – all of the delicious aromas from the kitchen filling the house.
I hope you get a chance to try making it and enjoy the recipe as much as we do. Adding melted chocolate over the top at the end is optional if you wish…
MUM’S OAT AND NUT SLICE
200 grams of butter 1/3 cup raw sugar 2 teaspoons honey 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 cups quick oats 2 cups chopped macadamias (or almonds or walnuts)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (conventional, not fan-forced) Chop the nuts Melt butter and sugar in a saucepan Simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture is foaming Add honey and vanilla extract In a large bowl, add the melted butter mixture to the oats and nuts, mix well Tightly pack the mixture into a Swiss roll tin and bake for 20 minutes Allow to cool in the tray and then cut into slices Store in the fridge
Word: Sarah Langley
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