Ginger Crunch Bars

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Don’t you just love it when you find a recipe that is so incredibly easy and quick to make yet ticks all the boxes on flavour?  These ginger bars deliver in every way.

I found the recipe via David Lebovitz.com.  A New Zealand lady apparently passed this recipe onto David at a book signing and told him it was amazing. She wasn’t wrong.

This is probably the quickest and easiest recipe I’ve made in a long time.  But definitely one of the nicest traybakes/slices I’ve come across.

If you are a ginger fiend like I am, you HAVE to make these.  You will love them.  There is ground ginger in the buttery shortbread base and a hefty amount in the icing/topping which adds a lovely spicy warmth  to all that golden syrup and icing sugar…heaven!

 

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A word of warning….once you start eating these it is very hard to stop!  David is not kidding when he states they are quite addictive.   I would advise using salted butter for the shortbread base because a little salt really brings out the flavour of the ginger.   If you don’t have any salted butter, just add 1/4tsp salt to the base. Next time I make these I might just add a little chopped crystalised ginger to the shortbread base or to sprinkle on
top for a triple ginger hit 😉

You will find the recipe right here …do give them a try and let me know what you think!

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14 thoughts on “Ginger Crunch Bars

  1. These are almost identical with a recipe I have called Ginger Shortcake, and have been eating and/or baking them since my childhood (1950s – 60s). It’s obviously gone round the world a number of times ! I bake mine in a round tin and cut it in wedges – oh, and I obey my recipe’s instructions to mark a decorative squiggle on each slice with the prongs of a fork before the icing has hardened !

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    1. I’ve never heard of them before Liz until I found this recipe. I took some over to my Mother in Law at the weekend and she loved them. I think these will be a regular bake! 🙂

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  2. I am a kiwi and these have been a new zealand staple for as long as I can remember! There is a nice wholemeal base one that is very good also. From experience jazzing it up with quite thick icing and pistachios crumbled on top takes it to another level. Be careful not to over do the ginger tho its one of those things that a little goes along way!

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