Sepia Saturday and Baking with Be-Ro: Australian Crunchies (Traybake) – School Lunch Box Treats!

Be-Ro Australian Crunchies (Traybake)

Be-Ro Australian Crunchies (Traybake)

Sepia Saturday and Baking with Be-Ro:

Australian Crunchies (Traybake)

School Lunch Box Treats!

Sepia Saturday and Baking with Be-Ro: Australian Crunchies (Traybake) - School Lunch Box Treats!

Sepia Saturday and Baking with Be-Ro: Australian Crunchies (Traybake) – School Lunch Box Treats!

The big BIG reveal time for my SECOND Sepia Saturday post! And, it’s taken from the 35th edition of one of my Be-Ro books, and is under the section of “cooking for children”, it’s Australian Crunchie, an easy tray bake biscuit, and is loved by all who tries one! Cornflakes, coconut and cocoa powder are the main ingredients in this recipe, with a naughty chocolate topping…….but, it does make 24 squares or triangles, so each portion isn’t too bad on the old calorie front, really! And, a little treat now and then does NO harm at all, especially if it is home-baked and you know what has gone into it, unlike most commercial biscuit  bars, plus one batch of these made on “baking day” SHOULD last the whole week in the biscuit tin, as treats for ALL the family.

Australian Crunchies (Traybake) - School Lunch Box Treats!

Australian Crunchies (Traybake) – School Lunch Box Treats!

I started my Sepia Saturday: Eighty Years of Baking with Be-Ro, a weekly bake along, last week, and this is my second bake……last week’s bake was a batch of the classic Melting Moments biscuits, and I was going to make a cake or bread recipe this week, but I then decided to try to make something that would fit in with two blogging challenges, as well as being a handy recipe for the return to school, in just over two weeks time and the school lunch box! The two blog challenges are: Alphabakes (the letter T this month = Traybake!) and We Should Cocoa, where the ingredient is Cherries for August……and of course, this was baked for my own Sepia Saturday: Eighty Years of Baking with Be-Ro weekly baking challenge too! Plus, as I am on a diet and trying to follow the 5:2 diet, a little treat on one of my NON fast days is very welcome!

Australian Crunchies (Traybake) - School Lunch Box Treats!

Australian Crunchies (Traybake) – School Lunch Box Treats!

These are a little different to the no-bake tray bakes, or “Tiffin” as they are sometimes called, as they are baked, but the baking with flour makes them more manageable and less prone to break up into pieces, so better for packed lunches and picnics. I have no idea where the name Australian Crunchie comes from, and I am hoping that someone may be able to tell me.

Be-Ro 35th edition

Be-Ro 35th edition

Although I have called my weekly baking event Sepia Saturday, this book is very much in colour and this particular edition was a gift to me from my mum, and is circa 1979/1980 – so 32 years old now! It’s a brilliant little book with pages of helpful information, such as oven conversion temperatures, weights and measures in metric and Imperial and freezing tips too.

Be-Ro 35th edition

Be-Ro 35th edition

Be-Ro 35th edition

Be-Ro 35th edition

You may be wondering why these crunchies  have qualified for the two blog challenges I mentioned before, well, I added CHERRIES to the recipe for We Should Cocoa and it is a Traybake, for Alphabakes and the letter “T”, a bit tenuous I know, but I think that’s okay! We Should Cocoa is being hosted my LOVELY friend Janice this month, over at Farmersgirl Kitchen and Alphabakes is being hosted by another LOVELY friend, Ros over at The More than Occasional Baker. Choclette is the mastermind behind the We Should Cocoa challenge and Caroline Makes is the co-host for Alphabakes.

That’s all for this Saturday, see you later  and have a GREAT weekend. The recipe for the Be-Ro Australian Crunchies Traybake is below, and if you fancy making a batch of these Australian Crunchies and blogging about them, I have added a Blog Hop link below, so you can share your post link here, and we can all come to see what you have baked! See you later, Karen 

 Australian Crunchies (Traybake) - School Lunch Box Treats!

Australian Crunchies (Traybake) – School Lunch Box Treats!

Be-Ro Australian Crunchies

Serves 24
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving
Region British
From book Be-Ro Home Baking 35th edition
These old fashioned tray bake biscuits are always popular for tea time, school lunch boxes, cake stalls and any bake sale. They are easy to make and yield 24 slices, perfect for the week's treats on the biscuit tin!

Ingredients

  • 225 g (8 oz) margarine (I used Stork margarine)
  • 150 g (5 oz) caster sugar
  • 75 g (3 oz) desiccated coconut
  • 75 g (3 oz) crushed Cornflakes
  • 1 x 15 ml spoon (1 tbsp)
  • 150 g (5 oz) Be-Ro Self Raising Flour

Optional

  • 50g chopped glacé cherries (different colours look nice)
  • 100 g (4 oz) chocolate melted

Note

These old fashioned tray bake biscuits are always popular for tea time, school lunch boxes, cake stalls and any bake sale. They are easy to make and yield 24 slices, perfect for the week's treats on the biscuit tin!

Directions

Step 1 Heat oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas Mark 4. Grease a Swiss roll tin 31 x 21 cm (12½ x 8 inch).
Step 2 Melt the margarine over a low heat. Stir in the sugar, coconut, cornflakes, cocoa, chopped cherries (if using) and flour. Mix well.
Step 3 Turn into the tin and level with a knife. Bake for 20 minutes.
Step 4 When almost cold cut into squares or triangles. Cover with melted chocolate if wished.
 Australian Crunchies (Traybake) - School Lunch Box Treats!

Australian Crunchies (Traybake) – School Lunch Box Treats!

If you fancy joining in, just add your recipe/post link to the Linky below, or if you don’t have a blog, please just leave a comment and let me know that you baked along with Be-Ro! Happy baking,

Karen

Comments

  1. says

    They look great Karen, well done on hitting more than one challenge. I have this version of Bero cookbook, but really shouldn’t be making any chocolate treats at the moment, will just drool at the pics of yours.

  2. says

    These look gorgeous!! I love Crunchies and tray bakes are one of the best things to bake. Love the sound of your Be-ro challenge too – I really need to get myself some be-ro books!

  3. says

    Ah, now I understand all that business on twitter about be-ro! These look exactly like the sort of thing my mum would have made for the shearers (and for our lunch boxes, if we were lucky) more than 30 years ago. I would love to bake along but I have eaten my fair share of cake this weekend and must just adore from afar. I might bookmark it for next week though!

  4. says

    I love them Karen. I wish mum had made these for me to go to school with although I suspect I’d be even fatter today if she had… may have to make them anyway just cos they look so fine. Great T for Alphabakes and great we should cocoa too. Chocolate and cherries is heavenly !!

  5. says

    I’m with Dom and Laura and wish I’d had these in my school packed lunch – date and banana sandwiches were the best I got! They look delicious and as you know I’m all for treats – we need those too. I have baked something very similar a while back, can’t remember what they were called, but it wasn’t Australian Crunchies. Love those plates. Thanks for joining in with WSC :)

    • says

      I was lucky then wasn’t I?! This was part of mum’s baking days list of biscuit tin treats, and this tray bake makes 24 squares, so not so bad really!

  6. says

    I’m so going to make this tray bake. My kids (and me!) would love it. Really enjoying your new sepia series, and can’t wait to make the melting moments too….I have no idea how many thousands of these biscuits I must have made with my Granny and Great Aunty Marjorie over the years! Such a lovely blast from the past.

  7. says

    Have just seen your Be-Ro series and am quite fascinated by it. I saw your melting moments and was amazed at how different they are to what we sometimes call melting moments in Australia (like yo yos – two short biscuits with a buttercream filling between them). I checked with my Scottish partner who had another idea of melting moments altogether.

    And I had hoped this recipe actually had Australian crunchies in them as we were both having a conversation tonight about neither wanting to eat the crunches in a packet of chocolates. I think the chocolate bar I am talking about is quite similar to one you have in the UK. But then I looked at the recipe and all I could see that might make it Australian is the coconut – I have gradually come to notice that lots of my classic aussie recipes have coconut – not sure why. That’s my only guess. I am sure they taste great and I will try and keep up with the series.

    • says

      Thanks Johanna and thanks also for the heads up on coconut and the Australian connection! I think the melting moments you mention are the American style ones, and not the the British style ones….and yes, Scotland may also have another type too! I am LOVING baking my way through my old cookbooks and I am now plotting next weeks bake!

  8. Vohn says

    These look so yummy. I’m loving tray bakes right now, as I’ve been unwell for the past year so don’t have much energy and am currently only baking things which don’t require a lot of standing around! I’m off to make these RIGHT NOW – new year’s diet resolution out the window!

  9. Fiona Matters says

    These look great. I can see why you love the bero books. They remind me of the chocolate conflake things I made at school in home ec. I think they were practically the first things I ever cooked! Shared on twitter.

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