Daily Archives: November 26, 2011

Successful Imitations

Weekends: They are a special time no doubt – some people wake up lazy to breakfast in bed, some people do not wake till the afternoon, some people go to sport – Me? I wake at 5am like my body clock makes me every day every week as usual, eat my breakfast after lolling around at around 6:30am and then go into the kitchen to bake – these home made LCM bars I made this morning were finished by 7:30am – talk about timing 😉

I do believe everyone with a loving childhood has heard of LCM Bars – You know, Kellogg’s delicious excuse for children eating rice bubbles and/or coco pops in a bar form? I personally adored, no adore, LCM bars – they are sweet and sticky in every bite and when you got a chocolate chip – OH MY!

My only concern back then and even now was that the add-ins they put into this bar were scarce – I mean, a scattering of chocolate chips on top but none inside, coco pops dominating over chocolate rocks – seriously, not happy chappy (another phrase I have now gotten out of my system!)

Now that I can say I have a little experience in my baking, I decided to make my own recipe for LCM bars the way I should have been eating them in my childhood should my mum had been an overly obsessed baker like myself.

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Hummingbird Meets Cake

Before animal rights activists come rushing at me with pitchforks or there is any other sort of misunderstanding, let me make one thing title – no birds were harmed in the making of this cake.

There were no shootings or other illegal activity of that kind or boiling in a witches cauldron – after all, I myself am a vegetarian 🙂

45The title is simply a small, feeble attempt at comedic wordplay by yours truly because what I made next today is called a Hummingbird Cake. I found this recipe during my extensive searches of the one and only Exclusively Food (I swear, if I keep going at this rate, I will end up making all of their sweet recipes and even many savouries!) and it stood out to me because

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Date Cake Turned Cookie

I love it when two completely different categories of sweet food items come together – cake batter ice cream, apple pie cookies, fudgy brownie cake – the list is truly endless.

So when I came across these sticky date cookies in my very reliable source of Woman’s Day, I was ecstatic. I love sticky date cake, especially the one from Gourmet Pizza Kitchen – You give me that cake, some caramel sauce and some vanilla ice cream and you will literally send me into a trance. You’ll send my brother out of this world, as seen by his love of the homemade sticky date pudding I made on his birthday last year 🙂

In order to make these cookies truly reminiscent of the traditional pudding cake, you do need the make the simple and delicious caramel icing – but of course, if you read my blog you would know, of my family’s ‘cut back sugar’ campaign so that did  not happen 😦

What did happen though (after a LOT of adapting I have to add) was a  deliciously soft and chewy cookie quite similar to the caramel drizzled one found at the Cookie Man in their indulgent range 🙂

212It had a lot of deep and dark sweetness due to the brown sugar and golden syrup combination which matched the sweetness of the dates to perfection without overdoing it – team that with oats and melted butter and Voila! – You have a similar to Anzac Cookie style sticky date cake inside a cookie 🙂

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