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Tan Slice – Recipe

August 26, 2020

I honestly thought ‘Tan Slice’ was right up there in the list of Kiwi baking classics alongside the likes of Anzac biscuits, lolly cake, Louise slice and ginger crunch. Turns out, I may have elaborated its classic-tier-status in my own head because a quick poll amongst my New Zealand friends revealed a mixed bags of results – from those with vague memory of it at best, to the worst case scenario of no recollection at all. I think the true way of solving this will be to see whether it features in the Edmond’s Cookery Book because that really is the authority on all things Kiwi baking. Friends who have a copy handy – do you mind checking for me?

In the meantime, I am undeterred and will continue to proclaim the Tan Slice as a classic… because either way, this is too delicious not to share. Yes, the name is terrible and doesn’t exactly make your mouth-water… but sometimes beige food is best! Once you get past that, you’ll soon realise that the humble Tan Slice actually has a lot going for it. A gooey caramel sandwiched between a buttery base and topping, with a hint of bitter dark chocolate – basically all butter and sugar – what’s not to love? It’s also ridiculous easy to make and keeps very well in the fridge for those much needed mid-afternoon pick-me-ups! 


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Gluten Savvy Bread Class at Bake with Maria

February 27, 2015

Is there a food more versatile or comforting than bread? The equally humble and reliable potato would definitely give it a run for its money but bread still comes out top. Now that I come to think of it, I think I eat bread in some form, most days. For a quick weekday breakfast it’ll be toasted with a slather of butter and Kiwi marmite, while in the weekends it’ll be a bit more English with some eggs, beans and bacon.

It often makes an appearance at lunch; right from the early days my mother used to pack me the best rolls or sandwiches that my friends would be envious of, and even now I’m partial to a filled bagel or simple ham and cheese toastie. At dinner time it usually isn’t the star of the show but the trusty sidekick who turns that soup from a snack to a meal, or gives you something to mop up the rest of that sauce. I’m hungry already and I haven’t even got to how it appeals to my sweet tooth… pastries, fruit loaves, bread and butter pudding?!

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