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Granny’s Crunch

March 16, 2012

The design on a tin of Golden syrup is one of the few things that’s remained almost unchanged since my childhood. I remember looking at the lion with the bees buzzing round his head and being puzzled. I definitely felt sorry for the lion, but I wasn’t quite sure why he was there. Had he just eaten a tin of golden syrup? How? Was he sleeping? Stung to death? I never found any answers.

My father stored nails and things in the tins in his shed. They always went rusty – tins and nails. I too have a store of tins, but they’re empty – because they go rusty. I like to think of them as a design feature…..

Golden syrup also features in Granny’s Crunch. This was an attempt by my mother to recreate the chocolate crunch (served with chocolate custard) we used to have for school dinners. It wasn’t quite the same, but it was delicious. The recipe came from a magazine I think, but having made it once I don’t think my mother ever referred to the recipe again.  One batch of Granny’s Crunch was never the same as another. Sometimes it was crunchy and sometimes soggy – (and it was renamed accordingly).  There was always a little frisson of anticipation: had we made granny’s crunch or granny’s sog?

Today I made Crunch – though the bits in the middle of the tin are soft.

Weigh 6oz plain flour, 2oz unsweetened desiccated coconut, 4oz soft brown sugar and a heaped tablespoon of cocoa powder into a bowl and mix well. In a saucepan large enough to hold everything, melt 40z butter and a tablespoon of golden syrup. When it’s melted pour in the dry ingredients and stir well. Press into a greased rectangular tin and bake in a moderate oven for 10 minutes – or until it looks cooked. Make some icing with 4 heaped tablespoons of icing sugar and a heaped tablespoon of cocoa powder and enough water for it to be pourable. Immediately the crunch/sog comes out of the oven, pour the icing over the top, spreading it around. Divide it into to slices before leaving to cool, and set, in the tin. I didn’t do this. It broke in uneven lumps which just meant that Arlo got to choose the biggest bits.

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