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Lockdown no bake ginger slice recipe!

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Ok so, this is a travel blog. But bloggers gotta eat – and especially when they are locked down and the only travel is a walk to the supermarket!

To be honest I’m trying not to do any baking. I’ve never been much of a baker anyway. More of a cook. I love to throw ingredients together for a yummy meal and seldom follow a recipe. Although My Food Bag has changed that somewhat and I do try my best to follow their recipes to the letter!

But this no bake ginger slice recipe is so easy and because it’s a slice, it’s going to last a lot longer in the fridge than a cake or muffins (unless you have a household of marauding teenagers). Which is good because my husband is working all sorts of hours and it’s just me at home – trying not to eat all the food!

No bake ginger slice and a cuppa
No bake ginger slice and a cuppa

This recipe is actually very versatile. Once you’ve made the base you could decide to make it into bannoffee pie with a topping of caramel, bananas and whipped cream, or a caramel slice with chocolate. The possibilities are endless!

I’ve just made this yummy ginger slice from a recipe I saw on Denizen (shout out – theirs looks way better than mine!), but I changed it a little – added more ground ginger, made more topping, burnt the pistachios…

By the way, even though I knew I had a couple of tins of condensed milk in the pantry, I thought I’d pick up one today at the supermarket as I knew they were a bit old. Phew. A bit old! How about one best before 2018 and the other before 2016!

FYI the pic below shows what 5-year expired condensed milk looks like! Caramel anyone?

5 year old condensed milk!
5 year old condensed milk!

Ingredients for no bake ginger slice:

Base

1 cup raw pistachios (optional – as I burned mine 😉
125g butter
1 packet biscuits (could use Super Wine, Ginger Nuts or Digestives)
½ tin condensed milk
1 cup desiccated or shredded coconut
2 tsp ground ginger

Topping

2 cups icing sugar
90g butter, softened
2 tbsp golden syrup
3 tsp ground ginger
2 tbsp milk
20g crystallised ginger (optional – I don’t like the stuff!)

Whole biscuits in blender
I’ve used Digestives this time
Biscuit crumbs in blender
Give them a blitz!
Condensed milk and butter melting
Mix condensed milk and butter on low

Method:

Base

1. Line a slice tin with baking paper (I used 18cm x 25cm)
2. Lightly roast the pistachio nuts then roughly chop. Set half a cup aside to garnish. DO NOT BURN
3. Melt the butter and condensed milk together in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat
4. Whizz the biscuits in the food processor
5. Put biscuits, coconut, ground ginger and half the pistachio nuts into a bowl and mix
6. Add butter and condensed milk and mix
7. Spoon the mixture into the slice tin, press flat and refrigerate

Ginger Topping

1. Whip together icing sugar, softened (not melted) butter, golden syrup, ground ginger and milk until smooth
2. Spread over the base and sprinkle with remaining pistachios and crystallised ginger. Refrigerate to set
3. Store slice in the fridge

Ginger slice base
Mmm the base is ready
no bake ginger slice in a tin
Mmmm no bake ginger slice
Half tin of condensed milk…

So what’s a girl to do with half a tin of condensed milk?? Hit me up with your suggestions in the comments. But I do believe I could add it to whipped cream, crumble a Flake bar in, freeze it and voila! Ice cream.

Other recipes I love

I’ve been making recipes that I’ve learned on my travels, so if you love coconut prawns, check this Coconut Chilli Prawn recipe out that I learned at the Outrigger Beach Resort, Fiji.

Outrigger Fiji cooking prawns
Delicious coconut chilli prawns

Or make raw fish salad/kokoda/cerviche/poisson cru – depending on where you eat it.

This recipe is called kokoda (prounounced kokonda). It’s the Fijian name for raw fish salad and I have two recipes in this post. One is absolutely divine but a fiddle-faddle to make as you need to toast the raw coconut before you make the milk. The other is just using coconut milk out of the can!

Kokoda in coconut shell
Serve your kokoda in a coconut shell

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