Monday, September 22, 2008

Ladies, A Plate


We were lucky enough to have my youngest sister, Hayley, come and stay with us again in the weekend, and so of course I had to make her favourite caramel slice. This time I used a recipe from a fabulous new book I bought last week called “Ladies, A Plate”. The title refers to the New Zealand practice of ladies taking a plate to functions – with something on it of course! This book is delightful. It is well researched and is a collection of traditional NZ baking recipes – most dating back to the early part of last century, which the writer has collected from various community cookbooks published in NZ in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.



New Zealand has a real tradition of home baking and the recipes are many that I know from my childhood that my Nana and great Aunty used to bake – afghans, miracles, treacle scones and the like. I cant wait to try these new versions and there are also a number of cakes, biscuits and slices that I haven’t tried before that I cant wait to test. The book is beautifully put together, with detailed notes on where the recipes have been collected from and their history.



This caramel slice was delicious – thick caramel sandwiched between layers of chocolate shortbread and topped with chocolate. Yum!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tammy, this slice was so divine and I wanted to eat it all over the weekend. You really do spoil me!
(and the peanut chocolate chip cookies were just delicious in my lunch today) You are fabulous!

Deb said...

I eyed up this book in Whitcoulls just the other day. Glad to hear your comments on it. It must be new out as I haven't seen it before.

Your slice looks so nice and if my hubby sees that, he will want to marry you!! It's his favourite of all slices.

Zeetra said...

OMG yet another amzing Tammy creation.. Looks so scrummy Tammy. I actually baked myself tonight.. I made custard choc chip biscuits and Alison Holsts crazy cake..not bad if I dont say so myself lol...
Thank you for inspiring me ...

Jennynz said...

oh man, that looks soooooooo yummy!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i love caramel slice! sounds like a great book (i love "vintage" recipe collections)...i'll keep my eye out for it over here.

Cakelaw said...

I saw this book in the Cusine email this week and coveted it immediately after seeing the gorgeous cover. Now I know I have to have it. These look great!! Sigh - I will have to take up running too so I can eat more of what I bake - I am a couch potato.