Heirloom recipes: Louise’s crunchies

If you could pass down one recipe to your kids, what would it be? Over the past few weeks, we’ve shared our favourite family recipes in the Yuppiechef test kitchen. From Ali’s orange sponge to Marina’s rhubarb crumble we’ve sauntered down a few memory lanes. We even got the chance to meet Louise’s Mum and taste her super-duper crunchies. Over to you, Lou:
At the Bailey house there is always a batch of freshly-baked crunchies in the cupboard. One of the constants in my life as a kid was that every day when I rode home from school I would be greeted by my mom with a cup of tea and a crunchie. Crunchies are actually exceptionally easy to make and unfailingly delicious.

250g margarine
2 Tbsp syrup
1 cup flour
1 cup coconut
2 cups oats
A generous pinch of salt
1 tsp bicarb
1 cup sugar


1. Melt the syrup and margarine together in the microwave for four minutes.
2. Mix your dry ingredients together.
3. Add the syrup mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Press into a well greased baking tray.
5. Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes until golden brown.
6. Cut while warm and soft and after a few minutes remove from the pan.
7. Cool on newspaper to remove excess oil and leave to harden.
And there we have it. Crunchies that taste like home. A big thanks to Lou and Mama Bailey.

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