Sneaky Cereal Ginger Slice
This is an absolute favourite in my family. A delicious hearty base with mouthwatering ginger topping. It’s ridiculously easy – you only need one bowl and a wooden spoon (no fancy equipment here!). Plus it’s a great way to use up broken bits of cereal that no-one wants to finish. For the ginger slice pictured below, I used 1 cup crushed weetbix and 1/2 cup semi-crushed cornflakes (I find the cornflakes add a nice little crunch).
Makes 8 x bakery size slices, or 16 smaller squares.
- 100g butter
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup coconut (I use a mix of desiccated and shredded)
- 1 1/2 cups crushed cereal, eg cornflakes and weetbix
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp butter
- 4 tsp golden syrup
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 tsp ground ginger
* The above topping makes for a fairly modest layer – I find it’s enough. If you prefer a much thicker layer then either half the quantities again (eg 3 tbsp butter, 6 tsp golden syrup, 1 1/2 cup icing sugar, 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger) or even double!
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- In a large bowl, melt butter, sugar and golden syrup in the microwave in 20 second bursts (can also do on the stovetop).
- Add the remaining base ingredients, stir well to combine.
- Press into a lined 20x20cm tin and bake for approx. 20 mins. The top should turn a nice golden colour (see below).
5. Once cold, lift out of the tin and make the icing as follows.
Melt golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over a low heat. Stir in the icing sugar and ground ginger. Mix well. While still warm, pour over the base and leave to set before cutting.
If you find it tricky spreading the icing onto the base, then dip a knife into a cup of hot water and use to spread.
- It’s much easier to make the topping in a saucepan on the stove. By adding the icing sugar and ginger to the melted butter and golden syrup over heat, the topping stays nice and runny. It’s then easy to pour over the cooled base.
- You could make the topping in the microwave. If doing it this way, melt the butter and golden syrup first, then stir in the icing sugar and ginger. The mixture will likely become thick at this point, so pop the bowl back into the microwave to re-heat the butter. Keep stiring and re-heating if necessary, until it becomes a smooth consistency. When spreading over the base it may help to dip a knife into a glass of hot water, to help smooth the topping down.
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