Sweet Ginger Crunch for Morning Tea with New Mums and Bubs

September 18, 2014

What do you whip up for a morning tea with a couple of new mum friends and their adorable 11 week old baby girls? An oldie but a goodie - Ginger Crunch! With a sweet, crisp gingery base and a caramel ginger icing, this is the perfect sweet treat for mothers needing sweet sustenance while feeding their babies.  It is also a great snack for afternoon tea with girl friends. It stores well, can be made ahead of time (I made mine the night before) and it uses minimal ingredients (and items that are usually in the pantry).  It also works well in school lunches, even if is a decadent sweet treat. Ginger is good for digestion so this is a good snack after dinner.

The Mums verdicts: that it was delicious. They also all came armed with their Aden + Anais 100% muslin cotton swaddles, bought from The Gift Loft. They say that they are the most indispensable baby item - used for everything from swaddling, cleaning up messes, lying on them, shading the pram, a burpy bib..the list is endless. The perfect baby shower or newborn baby gift. Take the Ginger Crunch to a new mum for a much appreciated home baking gift!

See, below, for the quick and easy Ginger Crunch Recipe, served on a retro plate with homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Ginger Crunch

125g butter, softened;

1/2 cup castor sugar;

1 1/2 cups plain flour;

1 tsp baking powder;

1 tsp ground ginger.

Method

  1. Grease and line with baking paper a 20 x 30 cm lamington tin.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (a food processor works well for this).
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and ginger together in a separate bowl.
  4. Add to the creamed mixture. Mix together.
  5. Turn dough into the greased tin, knead it and spread it evenly over the tin, pressing down so that it is firm.
  6. Bake at 190 degrees celcius for about 18-20 minutes, or until light golden.
  7. Remove from oven and ice while hot.
  8.  Cool and cut into squares. Recipe can be made a few days ahead.

Icing

50g butter;

1/2 cup icing sugar;

1 Tbsp golden syrup;

2 tsp ground ginger.

Combine butter and other ingredients in a saucepan. Stir, constantly, on gentle heat until butter is melted.