Two wings lift a person up from earthy concerns: simplicity and purity. Simplicity should be in intention, purity in feelings. Simplicity reaches out after God, purity catches hold and tastes. ~ Thomas A’Kempis

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Tan Fingers Slice & Amish Cookies

Tan Finger Slice

This slice is quick and inexspensive to make. Its a longtime favourite of mine and has a a lovely buttery, almost shortbread texture on the base. The filling is like caramel..mmmm, need I say more :0)
175 grams butter (softened)
2 1/4 Cups plain flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 Cup sugar

Cream butter, sugar and vailla until light and fluffy. Add flour and mix well, until all is crumbly.

1/2 Can of condensed milk
1 1.2 Tablespoons of golden syrup
50 grams butter

In a saucepan over a low heat melt the filling ingredients and stir until combines. Set aside.

Line a square pan with baking paper. Press 3/4 of the base into the pan. Pour over the filling and spread out evenly. Crumble the remaining base mixture evenly over the top.
Bake at 170 Celcius for 20 minutes in the middle of the oven. Cool and slice when cold.

Amish M&M Cookies

When I was in West Virginia in 2009, I stayed with my friend Holly for a few days. We both love the Amish and took a day trip together to Ohio. We visited Yoders Amish Farm...what a treat!! Getting up close and personal with real Amish people. I almost fainted when the grandfather spoke to me :0). He couldn't believe that there were people all the way over in New Zealand who not only knew about them, but wanted to visit !! lol.
 In the main house a young Amish woman had spent the morning baking. The house was filled with lovely aromas of bread, and cookies. The cookies were fabulous....large, soft and chewy. She said she used oil instead of butter ??? hmm, I've never done that, but boy were they good. This recipe is out of an Amish cookbook by Beverley Lewis (an Amish author). I've added M&M's instead fo choc chips..and some oats to the original recipe. I think with cookie recipes, their open to some creative license...enjoy and be creative !

250 grams of butter - softened
1 Cup of white sugar
1/2 Cup brown sugar
Cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teasopoon salt
1/2 Cup M&M's or choc chips
1 Cup walnuts (optional) I used half
1/2 Cup rolled oats

Cream butter, sugars and vailla until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Sift dry ingredients. Gradually add into the creamed mixture, along with the walnuts and oats. Roll into walnut size balls (for med size cookies). Press down lightly with a fork and press a couple of M&M's into each one.
Bake at 170 Celcius ofr 10 minutes..
Very very good..and lovely with coffee :0) Yield - about 40 cookies.

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