I love this time of year. My children “disappear” and go into exam mode which to me signals Christmas baking! I bake with the intention of stocking up for the lazy weeks in the sun and surf around Christmas. My intentions are “tasted”. I bake again. And so on…… all in the name of the love and joy of baking and the spirit of Christmas.

This recipe makes a small batch of about 24 fingers but I usually double it up! I suggest you do the same.

120g oats (oatmeal)

80g desiccated coconut

150g sugar

120g cake flour

2ml bicarbonate of soda

a pinch of salt

125g butter

25ml syrup

Preheat your oven to 180℃.

Grease a 20cm X 30cm X 3cm baking try.

Mix the oatmeal, coconut and sugar in a mixing bowl.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt onto the mixture and stir through.

Melt the butter and syrup in a saucepan over low heat.

Pour onto the oatmeal mixture and give it a thorough mix so that no dry flour remains.

Spoon the mixture into the greased baking tray and press it firmly into the tray with the palm of your hand.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Cut the crunches into fingers while still warm.

Allow to cool completely in the baking tray.

Break into the finger markings and store in a glass jar.

If you hide them away they will make a wonderful gift for a friend…..

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