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‘Blue Peter’ muesli bar


  • Author: The Editor
  • Published: 29th March 2020
  • Categories: Blog, Business, Clanfield

‘Blue Peter’ muesli bar

Staying busy and positive has become the new ‘normal’ during lockdown. Starting DIY jobs that are months overdue, joining a virtual exercise class, helping the children with their schoolwork, phoning a friend who’s feeling a bit down and trying out new recipes.

‘Home-cooked’ has taken on a whole new meaning in these strange times so I thought I would dig out an old, and well-tried favourite to share with you. It’s a popular teatime treat, and you can get the kids involved in cooking.

Background to this recipe: I scribbled it onto ‘the back of an envelope’ sometime in the 1980s, whilst watching Blue Peter with my children. I think Peter Duncan (remember him?) was demonstrating.  My thanks to Blue Peter – great programme!

Ingredients

  • 100 g Golden Syrup
  • 100 g butter or margarine
  • 75 g brown sugar 
  • 75 g plain flour 
  • 200 g muesli

Method

  • Put the syrup, butter or margarine and brown sugar into a saucepan or microwave safe bowl and melt gently until ingredients are liquid – stir well. 
  • In a separate large bowl mix together the flour and muesli. 
  • Pour the sugar, syrup and butter or margarine liquid onto the dry ingredients and stir well until all is coated.
  • Pour into prepared metal baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper. 
  • Bake for 25 mins approx. at about 180c until golden and bubbling.  Keep an eye on the mixture - don’t overcook! 
  • Leave to cool slightly before scoring portions with a knife.  

Notes

  • I use light, soft brown sugar but you can use anything available
  • You can make your own muesli with porridge oats, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate topping – create your own version!
  • Gluten free version: I’ve swopped ground almonds for flour and it was popular. Why not give gluten-free flour a try?  
  • Weigh saucepan/bowl first so you can pour correct amount of golden syrup in, without getting too sticky! 
  • Size/shape of pan: I’ve used a variety over the years – depends if you like your muesli bars thick or thin?  Pizza pan worked well last week. 
  • Cooking temperature/ times are a bit vague because this recipe is over 35 years old: ovens are more efficient now. 

Sit back and enjoy the results – and then you can get on with repainting that bathroom! 


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