December 17, 2013

A Christmas Treat

It's the season for sweet treats! Delectable baked goodies begin to appear in all sorts of places - shops, churches, hair salons - tis America after all! - and I'm very much okay about it. I do like a seasonal treat or three. 

I stumbled upon this old-fashioned gem when needing a quick snack for Neighborhood Group. It's fast to throw together and made-up of things you most likely already have in the pantry. Win! 

PLUS - and here's the real kicker - it is completely gluten-free. No. Gluten. 

I would be lying if I said this was a thoughtful baking choice. It wasn't until I listed-off the ingredients for a gluten-free friend that we clapped and cheered at my feat of omission.

It is filling, sweet, and ruggedly pretty, with the inventive name of "Easy Slice". (I have no clue of it's origin's, since it's a hand-written recipe in an old cooking journal.)

Oh, and did I mention it's gluten-free?

here's what it takes...

1 cup of Saltana's (raisins)
1 cup of unsalted peanuts, roasted (I used lightly salted and they worked great)
1 cup of unsweetened coconut
1 cup of dark chocolate buds
1 cup of sweetened condensed milk

*50gms of extra chocolate for drizzling

here's what you do...

Heat oven to 400F
Grease and line a baking tin (13"x9" or brownie tin)
Scatter and mix the saltanas, peanuts, coconut and chocolate buds in the pan.
Drizzle with condensed milk.
Bake, covered, for 20mins.
Reduce heat to 355F, uncover, and bake for a further 15mins.
Cool in pan.

*Drizzle with melted chocolate and leave to set (I didn't actually do this part, since they seemed overloaded with sweetie goodness already.)

(And if gluten's no trouble, you could add cornflakes or oats to give it a little substance.)


December 1, 2013

The Chilly Season

The eating, snuggling, colorful, festive and THANKFUL season of November is still somewhat new to us. It took a few years to adapt from expecting sunshine, cricket and ice-creams, and we've come to now fully embrace and cherish this pumpkiny American season!

Framed by the changing color of autumn leaves and with the cooler weather creeping-in, it is a delightful time of year to gather with friends, light the fire and fill our tummies with outrageously good food {read: turkey and pie}. 

Plus, I get to dress Theo in knitted numbers that turn me to mush.

{More little squares of color and life can be found on Instagram: cassietasker}