Yesterday morning our brother, Norman, rang from Christchurch to let us know that another round of earthquakes was shaking up their city.
He was ringing to ask if we would do a care package, not for himself, but for his son and daughter-in-law, who he felt needed some encouragement during such a time as this.
We had sent boxes of baked goodies before but it had been some time so we needed a gentle reminder to get the baking gear out again.
A couple of hours in the kitchen and Linda and I had made family biscuits (affectionately called donkey drops by some members of our family), chocolate crunch, butterscotch slice, ginger nut slice and fruit cake.
Chocolate crunch has been a family favourite for years. Our Mother used to make it on a regular basis. It is egg free and if you are interested, the recipe is as follows:-
Crunch 3 weetbix in a bowl
1 cup coconut
1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 dessertspoon of cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
6oz (170gms) melted butter
Mix well and spread into buttered slice baking tray.
Bake 10 - 15 minutes in oven 180 c or 350 f - cook further 5 minutes if necessary.
Before cold make icing:-
250g (8oz) icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
50g (2oz) soft butter
Mix together adding sufficient hot water (approximately 3 tablespoons) to make a stiff mix.
Heat in microwave for 30 seconds
Spread on crunch before it is cold and cut into portions.