Recipe for much-loved South African syrup Crunchies – add melted chocolate to make them even more decadent.

125 gram butter
50 gram (2 tablespoons) honey or golden syrup
3 tablespoons (75 ml) milk
1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking soda
¾ cup (180 ml) sugar, granulated white or brown
½ cup (125 ml) flour
½ (2.5 ml) teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cinnamon
2 cups (500 ml) oats
1½ cups (375 ml) coconut

Optional flavours:
Extra ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup walnuts
½ cup extra desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

How to
Preheat your oven to 160 °C and line a flat rectangular baking tray (with sides) with baking paper. You can also use a Swiss roll pan, which measures about 320 mm by 230mm.

Melt the butter and add the golden syrup and milk. Heat the mixture in a saucepan, but do not boil it.

Add the baking soda and mix well, until it becomes frothy. Turn off the heat.

Add sugar, mix well, and allow it to cool slightly.

Mix the oats and coconut together.

Sift the flour, salt and cinnamon over the oats mixture, and stir in to combine.

Add to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Press the mixture onto a greased baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes until golden in colour.

Remove from oven and cut into blocks while it is still warm. Leave the blocks to cool down completely.

To make them extra crunchy, return the crunchies to the already turned-off oven for about 10 minutes.

You can also add a handful of choc chips to the mixture before baking, or drizzle melted chocolate over the baked slices. You can double the ingredients if you prefer a thicker bar.

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This recipe is from the Rainbow Cooking website, where you will find a collection of mostly South African recipes, both traditional and modern.

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