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Australian Crunchie (Coconut Chocolate Slices)

Australian Crunchie is a quick and easy recipe for tempting coconut chocolate slices made with cornflakes and desiccated coconut. These Aussue Crunch bars are ready to bake in 10 minutes and look wildly impressive when topped with chocolate and sprinkles. Recipe adapted from Bero Flour Home Recipes (40th Edition)
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Baking
Cuisine: British
Servings: 16
Calories: 272kcal

Equipment

  • An 8x8-inch (20x20cm) baking tin

Ingredients

  • 225 g Butter or baking margarine
  • 100 g Caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Golden syrup or corn syrup/ honey
  • 75 g Desiccated coconut
  • 125 g Plain flour all-purpose
  • 75 g Cornflakes Kellogg's
  • tablespoon Cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 45 g Raisins
  • 150 g Milk Chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sprinkles optional but if using make them crunchy ones

Instructions

  • Use your hands to crush the cornflakes until quite small - don't be tempted to leave them whole as the bars will end up falling apart
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F/ GM4 and grease and line an 8x8-inch (20x20cm) baking tin
  • If using raisins chop as finely as possible - again, cutting them up means the bars will hold together better
  • Melt the butter and golden syrup in a large saucepan over a low heat
  • use a wooden spoon to stir in the sugar, coconut, cornflakes, cocoa powder, salt and raisins until well mixed and no streaks of flour remain
  • Turn into a greased and lined baking tin, press down with the back of a spoon until the top looks even and cook for 20 minutes
  • Let cool completely. If not covering with chocolate, now is the time to cut into squares, slices or traingles
  • If covering with chocolate, melt the chocolate either in the microwave or in a bain Marie. Mix in the oil then spread over the top of the bake and scatter sprinkles over if using
  • Let the chocolate set then cut into pieces
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days

Notes

  • For the best results use digital scales to weigh out your ingredients out. It's a far more accurate method of measuring ingredients than cups
  • It is inevitable that these bars will crumble a little when cut - go with it and embrace the rustic nature of these coconut chocolate bars
  • To minimise the crumbling, crush the cornflakes well to ensure the bars hold together rather than breaking up too much when cut
  • If dried fruit is included in your bars it is essential to chop it finely. Do not leave them whole as the bars will be more prone to crumbling
  • I've used plain flour simply because this is not a bake that needs to rise like a cake does, so I saw no reason to include a leavening agent. The original recipe uses self-raising flour, so if this is what you have to hand, it is fine to use it
  • Use a warm knife to cut the bars neatly without shattering the chocolate. Wiping the knife clean and reheating between each cut also ensures a neater finish
Storage Instructions
Once cold Aussie Crunch can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. I have found that using a glass jar with a clip-top lid (like a Kilner jar) keeps all bars and cookies exceedingly fresh. When stored like this they will stay fresh for up to 5 days.
They can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Simply let thaw for several hours on the countertop when required.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg