Thursday, 23 February 2012

Back to School... Aussie Crunch

Aussie Crunch
You will fall into one of two camps here; those who have knowledge of the crunch, and those who do not. I’m fairly confident that if you have heard of it, you live in the Bolton area. If you haven’t, that’s not a problem. Follow these simple instructions to create a tasty treat!

For me, Aussie Crunch is all about the nostalgia. It brings back memories of roller skating at Horwich Leisure Centre, greasy paper backed cellophane bags, and nattering with my friends in the playground at high school. I spent ages looking for a recipe that captured how I remembered it. I’ve spent a while perfecting the measurements in this one, and dare I say it… it’s better than the original, which when done badly was so hard it could break teeth.

I recently heard it was banned from being cut into triangles at Rivington and Blackrod High School because it was deemed to be too 'weapon-like' - not a good example of what was a fine bake in the 1990s! No such danger with this version.

Ingredients:
  • 200g Stork (you can use butter, but Stork gives it that authentic taste) 
  • 140g golden caster sugar (it's way better than standard caster sugar)
  • 85g desiccated coconut 
  • 75g cornflakes (crushed up)
  • 1 heaped tbsp good cocoa powder (like Green & Black's)
  • 140g self raising flour 
  • 250g of Cadbury’s chocolate

Method:
  1. Melt the Stork in the microwave 
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl 
  3. Pour in the Stork and mix until well combined 
  4. Pour into a Swiss roll tin (I use disposable tray bake trays from Asda) 
  5. Squash it down with the back of a spoon - make sure you push it into all the corners! 
  6. Bake at 180c/gas 4 for 35 minutes. 
  7. Allow to cool. 
  8. When cool, melt the chocolate over a bain-marie (or gently in the microwave if you must...) and pour over the Crunch. Level off with a spatula and pop in the fridge to set. 
Take out of the fridge about 30 mins before eating (so it’s easier to cut) and cut into slabs!

This is best served with a brew, but I assure you it works equally well whilst roller skating or freezing to death in a playground…
Aussie Crunch or Australian Crunchie

Aussie Crunch
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53 comments:

  1. I never knew Aussie Crunch was particularly prominent in the Bolton area! Love how it does though :)

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  2. Love how it is* though.

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  3. Aussie Crunch is a favouritefrom our works canteen at shop direct bolton, i love it that much i found this site for the recipe.

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  4. Had it at school and loved it. Tried a few recipes but not worked that well! Hope i can make this one perfectly with my children!!

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  5. Loved.having this at rivi.... Just baking some now! LOL thank you for the recipe!

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  6. I finally got round to making your recipe for Aussie Crunch this weekend. Everyone loves it, it even got my sister reminiscing. I did have to follow the Rivington and Blackrod trend and cut it into triangles...it just wouldn't have been the same otherwise! :) Superb recipe. x

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    1. You are sooo right! It should be in triangles!

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  7. I remember searching how to make this years ago and thought that i must have been making the name up! thanks so much for the recipe cant wait to try it!!( and yes i grew up in Bolton!)

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  8. I had Australian Crunch at all the schools I went to and I lived in North Somerset, so not just a Bolton thing! I lost my recipe though which is why I searched for it and found yours - it sounds very similar if I remember rightly so I am going to make some now!

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  9. I used to have it at school sharples high in bolton. Been looking for a good aussie crunch recipe for ages

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    1. It seems most of Bolton was raised on Aussie Crunch!

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  10. Lovely recipe we've made it today and yes we are from boton hahaha thanks :-)

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  11. Gutted im on a diet. Was so good. Used to eat it every day at thornleigh lol x

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  12. Gutted im on a diet. Was so good. Used to eat it every day at thornleigh lol x

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  13. Lost 6lb on slimming world so decided to make some...its abit chewy :( x

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  14. Thats coz i didntbadd flour...durrrrrrr

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  15. haha i live in Bolton and we had it at school! (Little Lever) I loved it so much :)

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  16. haha i live in Bolton and we had it at school! (Little Lever) I loved it so much :)

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  17. I'm from Devon & we used to have it at school here :) can't wait to make it!

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  18. Why it's it called Aussie crunch, never heard of it in Australia. A crunchie is a honey comb chocolate bar

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    1. I think someone must have made it up... It's always been called that round here!

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    2. I've no idea why it was called Aussie Crunch! Don't think we'd have cared what they called it! Ann xx

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  19. There was a debate going on about this in our office only last week! I nearly asked you to make us a batch!! Ann xx

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  20. omg omg omg RIVI luch afters!!! hahahaha. Aussie crunch is a bolton LEGEND! lol. I have mates who have never heard of it, but everyone we went to school with knows EXACTLY what it is... and yes it HAS to be in a triangle! lol

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  21. Aussie crunch and Tiffin that's was my school lunches for 5 years. Love them.

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  22. I love Aussie crunch and make it every so often. It's surprising how many people have never heard of it though!

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  23. Not only was it one of the 3 best desserts at school (the other 2 being cheesecake and tiffin), but i found that if i spent my whole dinner-ticket on them; i could have 3!

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  24. Oh, so out of the loop here! :( Going to have to whip this up because it looks yummy! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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  25. Aussie crunch and cheesecake were the best....any1 know the school cheesecake recipe? ? No other cheesecake ive ever bought in bolton is the same

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    1. We never had cheesecake! Which school did you go to?

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  26. OMG Aussie Crunch is the best and like nearly everyone first had it in school. And yes I am from Bolton and I went to Withins.
    I live in Tongefold and "The Bakery" on Ainsworth Lane make and sell this and its sooooooooo good.
    Im off to make it using this recipe so wish me luck ;)

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    1. Sorry for the late reply. This is an excellent recipe and I have made it loads of times. I am now having my friends coming round and asking me to make it for them.

      Thank you very much xx

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  27. I use to have this at school - in Bolton!! St Andrews Primary at Over Hulton to be precise!!! Thanks for this I cant wait to make it! Xx

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  28. Darleys sandwich shop at the precinct at Over Hulton sells it too!! 😆😆😆

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  29. So glad to have found this recipe - it was my favourite pudding when I was 5 years-old at school in Carlisle!

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  31. Should it be wet and soft after baking? I forgot to add sugar, but I hope it will be sweet enough :)

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    1. No, it should be like a biscuit. It's still a bit soft when it comes out of the oven but firms up in a few minutes... I think it may have been too wet without sugar?

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  32. we had Australian crunch back in the 1960's in primary school - it was everyone's favourite.. It was always served with peppermint custard !! And the custard was green !!
    I might have to make some now

    Andy TAUNTON SOMERSET

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  33. I am from Bolton and I love ozzy crunch will try making them��

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  34. I was brought up in North West Cumbria and it was Aussie Crunch there.
    It was amazing. I eat it everyday.
    Gonna make this for my kids
    Thanks

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  35. I used to have this when I used to go smithills school. Very nice thanks.

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  36. Aussie crunch introduced in Bolton schools by the lovely June Noble.

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  37. Wow Loved Aussie crunch growing up in Bolton. Went to Hayward school, it tasted amazing. And yes also used to get it from horwich leisure centre after swimming. It was so delicious. I've tried a few recipes but nothing seems to be as good.
    Definately going to try this recipe ��

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  38. Found your page by googleing for a recipe after buying some from the bakery near work (Allen's on Bury Rd, Breightmet). Was so pleased to see that not only was it a local site but that you even mention the triangles served at Rivington and Blackrod, I used to love getting them at lunchtime. Here's hoping mine turns out as good as I remember and I can share with my kids (maybe) the delight of aussie crunch, a proper Bolton snack!

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    1. Anyone who grew up round here probably at ten tonnes growing up! 😂

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  39. How should it look once it's cooked?

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    1. There's a pic above before I covered it in chocolate

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  40. Hi. Im from Bolton went to Hayward school but never had aussie crunch back then, but now it's a favourite due to the children. I tend to order it from other bakes but thanks to your recipe shall give it a try. Thank you, Shamim

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  41. Ha ha we live in Australia and I've just looked up this recipe for my British partner who's from Bolton.... Lol definitely a Bolton favourite after reading all the posts above.

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