When we found out that my youngest son was allergic to a whole bunch of foods including eggs at the grand old age of 7 months I had to find recipes that would work for us. Eggs, I found, turned out to be quite difficult to replace in baking, so I have hunted high and low and made up recipes along the way. Here is one of them.
Sultana, Cheese ‘n Oat Bars
This is one of my mum’s recipes that she often made with the kids when they went down to her place for a play. They would come back with plastic containers full of it to feast on. Savoury, yet sweet.
1 ½ cups plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
185 g butter
3 tablespoons apricot jam (you can use any jam and homemade jam is really yummy)
125g grated tasty cheese
1 cup sultanas
Preheat oven to Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
Rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the oats.
Press half of the mixture into the base of an 18cm x 28cm slice tray.
Spread the jam over the mixture in the tray.
Sprinkle the cheese over the jam.
Sprinkle the sultanas over the jam.
Spread the remaining crumble mixture over the filling, pressing down so that the oats will not flake off and become dry.
Bake in a moderate over 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool and slice.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes