Friday, November 19, 2010

Sweet sweet Friday: Spelt Slice

The inspiration for this week's sweet treat came from Emma at Frog, Goose and Bear. A couple of weeks ago she posted a recipe taken from a Bible Society cookbook which sounded so refreshingly old-fashioned and wholesome that I just knew it had to be good. But, you know, I couldn't resist fiddling with it a bit, especially as I had a little bag of wholemeal spelt flour in the pantry just waiting for an outing. Spelt is an 'ancient grain' that's kinder to the digestive system than wheat, so a lot of people find it easier on their tummies. It also has a slightly nutty flavour that I think lends itself well to baking.

Anyway, I dutifully copied down Emma's recipe but as I was mixing it I started wondering if I'd copied it down wrong. Surely it needed an egg? By that stage of course I'd turned the computer off, so I was flying blind. Instead, my eyes lit upon a ripe banana languishing in the fruit bowl and I remembered something I'd read earlier in the week about using bananas as an egg substitute in baking. So the end result probably bears no resemblance whatsoever to Emma's original version, (which doesn't contain any eggs!) but I think it's pretty good. Why don't you make both and see what you think? Have a sweet sweet Friday and a very happy weekend... 

Spelt Slice

125g butter (or non-dairy equivalent)
1 Tbsp date syrup (or golden syrup)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cup wholemeal spelt flour (or ordinary wholemeal flour)
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2  cup chopped dates (or sultanas)
1 ripe banana, mashed

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a slice tin. Melt the butter and syrup in a large pot over a low heat. Let cool for a few minutes and then add all remaining ingredients. Bake for about 20 minutes, until your kitchen is filled with warm, sweet smells. Let cool, then slice into bars. Store in an airtight container.

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  1. That looks delicious! I'll venture to say, it looks even more delicious than mine! My Mum swears by spelt flour and always has some in her cupboard, so I may just have to give your recipe a go and compare next time I'm at Mum's (which is quite a lot at the moment!)

    Thanks for your kind words on my blog - never fear - I'll still be including lots of easy recipes on my blog, I just couldn't keep up with having to have one every single Tuesday and needed to take the pressure off myself. I also wanted to include other recipes for non-dinner type recipes like this one!

    It has reignited my love for cooking - thanks for being a part of it! I so enjoy reading your blog - you are a very gifted writer.

  2. I made something a bit similar to this last week - only it had cornflakes in and no banana. Wholemeal spelt is my main flour for baking - apart from bread where I use rye. Anyway, yours look most appetising. I was planning on making brownies today, but I spent all day making apple butter instead.


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