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FRUIT CHEWS coatingIt is thanks to our wonderful family friend Auntie Marj that I can bake feather light scones, make delicious tomato chutney and green tomato pickle and top my toast with potted beefsteak or mock turkey. This fruit chew recipe I have adapted from an original passed on by Marj’s mother Mary. I remember her as a thin, upright, elderly woman in a tartan woollen skirt, stockings, stout heeled shoes and a full floral apron. She rarely smiled but she always had a cake tin in her pantry that was full of delicious baked goodies nestled in waxed paper. She offered us goodies from that tin whenever we called by. I resurrected this recipe a few years ago to serve to a friend who follows a strict gluten free diet, I vamped it up with the choc chips and voila, a very quick and easy treat.

 ¾ can (300g) sweetened condensed milk

1 cup desiccated coconut

1 cup roughly chopped dates

1 cup roughly chopped walnuts

1 cup white choc chips

1 cup raisins

Zest from 1 lemon

2 cups shredded coconut for coating

Preheat the oven to 160C. Line baking trays with baking paper.

Combine the dates, desiccated coconut, raisins and choc chips. Tip the condensed milk into a mixing bowl and mix well. Using wet hands, roll the mix into bite sized balls, toss in shredded coconut and bake at 160C until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Makes approximately 40

Variation: substitute the white choc chips with dark choc chips, substitute the lemon zest with the zest of an orange.



About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

4 comments on “CHOC CHIP FRUIT CHEWS

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  3. Leah
    July 13, 2012

    I can think of someone in my house that would love these treats….on the list to make 🙂


    • ladyredspecs
      July 13, 2012

      These fruit chews are seriously good, I find them way too tempting!!!🍻


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