How often do we make cakes and things from other bloggers? - I know I admire lots, often comment and "pin" them, but only sometimes do they actually make it to the table. Recently I have made several delicious treats recommended by other blogger and this was the case when I saw these Chinese Chews over at Hotly Spiced. Many years ago my mother-in-law used to make these (or a variation of) which were "the man's" favourites (he has requested them several times) - it has taken me all this time to get around to making them.
I had a little helper on Sunday afternoon and pottering in the kitchen they were the perfect thing to make to while away a Sunday afternoon. I did have to scrounge around in the cupboard to find all the dried fruit bits and pieces - there were a few half full packets of stuff twisted tightly and held in place with a peg - you know the type, the ones that seem to get pushed to the back and forgotten about (but I think any dried variations would do at a pinch).
When the man returned from a hard day out on the golf course, he inspected the afternoon's work keenly - he looked at the squares still on the rack cooling, he looked back at me questioningly - surely not his face said. He tested them immediately and exclaimed CHINESE CHEWS! "They taste just like mum used to make - how wonderful. So nice to be appreciated. His Mother's Chinese Chews apparently were the talk of the town and were very well travelled. They were taken to badminton tournaments all around Victoria. He tells me as soon as the cake tin was opened in the badminton hall and offered around they would be gone in a minute and you had to be double quick to get one or you would miss out.
So here are the ingredients - mine looked a little different to Hotly Spiced but I am sure they tasted just as good.
1 cup brown sugar
75g (3 oz) melted butter
1 tspn vanilla essence
1/8 tspn salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tspn baking powder
3/4 cup dried dates chopped
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
3/4 cup crystalised ginger, chopped
1/2 cup rolled oats
|I had a good helper to do the chopping|
|and still more chopping....|
|And Adding the dried dates|
|And to do all the stirring|
|And of course|
|the spoon was just|
|too too tempting|
|And the smell of those cooked chews .......|
I used my tupperware slice tray that needs no greasing but if you have a normal tray grease thoroughly.
- Beat eggs and sugar together and then add melted butter and vanilla essence
- In another bowl gently mix the dry ingredients and then add all the wet ingredients to it and mix
- Mix in the fruit and nuts
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 30 - 40 minutes test with a skewer (if it comes out clean it is cooked).
- Cut into squares while still hot.
I am entering this in Belleau Kitchen's Random Recipes No. 21- Store cupboard finds as my dates only saw the light of day to join in for this challenge.