13 December 2010

Afghans


These delicious biscuits are serious 'childhood memory' triggers.  I remember my mum making these when I was young, and they usually had a piece of walnut on top of the icing (which I usually picked off and thew away).

This recipe is from the Edmonds Cookery Book and is such a classic - and great for using up the leftover cornflakes!

The extra cool thing about this recipe is that you can use the very same ingredients to make an Afghan Slice (more details below).

Ingredients
200g butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1¼ cups standard plain flour
¼ cup cocoa
2 cups cornflakes
Chocolate icing
Walnuts (optional)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Sift flour and cocoa.  Stir into creamed mixture.  Fold in cornflakes. Spoon mounds of mixture onto a greased oven tray, gently pressing together.  Bake at 180°C for 15 minutes or until set.  When cold, ice with chocolate icing and decorate with a walnut if wished.  Makes 30.

Afghan Slice
Press afghan mixture into a 20 x 30cm sponge roll tin.  Bake at 180°C for 25 minutes for until set. When cold, ice with chocolate icing.


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15 comments:

  1. These are a staple at our place. One of the first things I learnt to bake :)

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  2. yummmmm my favourite!!!!

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  3. Delicious- most requested baking here. Cx

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  4. a favourite with my hubby and kids too

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  5. My mum's friend used to make these when I was a kid and I LOVED them. I'm Australian, but I have a friend with family in New Zealand and she bought me a copy of that recipe book. I use it all the time and I am going to make these as soon as I get a chance! (I also picked the walnut off and threw it out!)

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  6. Leftover cornflakes? Not in my house. If I knew you when we were little kids I'd be eating your walnut...its the best part :)

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  7. These were the first things I learnt how to bake, they are sooo yum. Sometimes when I'm craving chocolate and don't have any in the house I mix up some afghan mix and just eat that. I wonder if anyone else does that? I try not to think of how much butter is in it...

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  8. Such a kiwi classic and one of my favs. Yummo! Please could you post some down to me????

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  9. I eat afghan mix!

    You could also try crushing weetbix and using that instead of cornflakes.

    Can I suggest pecans instead of walnuts? If you're going to have a nut on the top that is. They're just yummier.

    Inwardly snickered when you said they were great for using up "leftover cornflakes" - yeah, along with your almost half a pound of butter! :P

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  10. The only problem with afgans is the fact that I eat half the batch before anyone else gets a look in!

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  11. ahhh YUM! and doll, you can come craft with us anytime you down this way - that'd be fun!...Dee (dee*construction) and I keep meaning to, but carried away by kidstuff and food making....hehe.

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  12. They look so yummy, Lucie need some biscuits to take to the school xmas party, these look ideal, thanks. xx

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  13. Mmm, sounds good! :)

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  14. Afghans without a walnut are not afghans, Kristy!

    Haha, just kidding. I too love afghans, and love to bake them. My husband is seriously partial to them, as is a friend in Dunedin who I post some down to every now and again. :) Never thought of making them into a slice - will have to try it!

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  15. I've said this before, but I love the way you photograph your baking and goodies - you've made me sooooo hungry :)

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