Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Birthday Bars

In my family, December is not just about Christmas. My nephew Ross has a birthday and this year he turns 11.

When I was wondering what to get the boy who has everything, I remembered seeing a lot of these cookies in a jar gifts – you know where the ingredients are layered up in a jar, ready for the recipient to chuck in a bowl, mix with wet ingredients and pop in the oven.

Ross loves to bake and I thought this would be ideal as part of his gift. So I bought a jar, little baking pan and looked at various recipes to get ideas on what to make.

I remembered an ingredient that I had used years ago, which is very versatile. Bisquick made by Betty Crocker is like an all in one mix that you just add a few ingredients to. I decided to use this, some sugar, hazelnuts, oats and M&M’s.

I layered 50 grams of Bisquick, 50 grams of light brown sugar, 50 more grams of Bisquick, 50 grams of dark brown sugar, a small pack of chocolate M&M’s, 50 grams of chopped hazelnuts and topped with 50 grams of porridge oats. After each addition into the jar, I pressed down with the end of a small glass to compress the ingredients, making the layers look sharp. I then gussied it up with some ribbon, and wrap – and of course the instructions!

100 grams Bisquick
50 grams light brown sugar
50 grams dark brown sugar
50 grams of chopped hazelnuts
50 grams of porridge oats
1 small pack of chocolate M&M’s
50 grams of melted unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180oC. Grease and flour a 4”x4” baking tin.
In a bowl place all of the dry ingredients, and incorporate the butter, egg and vanilla thoroughly. The mixture should come away from the sides of the bowl when fully mixed. 

Place this into the baking pan and press down, so it is even. Place into the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until it has turned golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool before easing from the pan. It should come out fairly easily. Chop into small bars and they are ready to eat. Delicious and easy.

Happy Birthday Ross!

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