Mystery surrounds the existence of Aussie Crunch; my meagre research suggests that it may be of British origin – it can be found with alternating success is some bakeries – but as far as I can tell, it’s not particularly well known in Australia. Perhaps no one has thought to inform the Aussies of their namesake, so I shall take up that baton (some of you lot must be from Down Under!). Still, they ought to be proud to have such a devilish and delicious snack named after them.
Full of chocolate, butter and sugar, Aussie crunch isn’t exactly favoured by those conscious of health. Even I was a little perplexed by the quantity of not-so-beneficial constituents being poured into the mixing bowl. However, the effect of such decadence proved extremely favourable – as you can imagine. These are enough to rival the best rocky road, brownie or tiffin around!
I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a rather interesting recipe – it contains both coconut and cornflakes after all. However, the overall effect is magical – it is both a pleasure on the tongue, but crumbly and cakey all at the same time. There really isn’t anything else quite like Aussie Crunch. It’s a great alternative to other chocolate-based snacks, particularly as it’s rather unknown and is therefore likely to pique the interest of visitors! As it happens, I’m really rather intrigued as to whether any of you have heard of this shadowy treat?
Makes 1 20cmx20cm cake tin (around 12)
• 220g butter
• 100g caster sugar
• 2 tbsp golden syrup
• 80g desiccated coconut
• 75g crushed cornflakes
• 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder
• 150g self raising flour
• 250g dark chocolate, melted
1. Grease your cake tin and preheat the oven to 180C. Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the sugar, syrup, cocoa powder, coconut and flour. Mix thoroughly.
2. Tip this into your prepared tin and level. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Leave to cool before covering with the chocolate and cutting into squares/rectangles/triangles.
Cost: Though rather divine and extremely decadent, these Aussie Crunch bars aren’t exactly costly. Indeed, the entire batch should set you back no more than around £3.20.