Hail Mary!

30 Jan

Apricot Walnut Bars

Okay, so I promised you sports snacks, tri bars (no, not those funny looking handlebars on Mr. Cakes’ bike), back pocket safe muesli type cake snacks on test.  The quest started last year. I tried these cinnamon berry granola bars featured on bbcgoodfood. They were tasty, and packed full of goodies but they were flippin’ hard!  I’m talking rock solid, chip a tooth hard. So Mr. Cakes and I crumbled them up and used them as yogurt topping instead. Strike one.

Then I tried these lovelies  – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s honey and peanut butter booster bars. Now, these bars were featured on the River Cottage Every Day veg series and Hugh served them up to a group of open water swimmers after swimming the OSS Dart 10k. Incase you’re wondering yes, it is a 10 kilometre swim in the river Dart from Totnes to Dittisham. If you fancy it this year it’s being held on the 8th September. Unfortunately me and Mr. Cakes will be in Bala to compete in the Wrecsam tri club olympic triathlon. Shame! Maybe next year…seriously, I’d be up for it. Anyway, back to the bakes. I had high hopes for Hugh’s bars – if they were good enough for those 10k swimmers, then they surely would be perfect. But they weren’t, for some reason they didn’t really set and became one big gooey mess (and more yogurt topping, ultimately!) I’m going to blame it on the oven, it was around the same time that the element blew the electrics to the whole flat and forced us to move our half-cooked 6 hour slow roasted pork shoulder from Shoreditch to Victoria Park. But that’s another story. Strike two.

So, when Mary Berry promised Apricot and Walnuts Sandwich bars, just like “something out of a health shop” in her Baking Bible (and yes that is what she talks like…) I thought I must have struck gold.

Apricot and Walnut Sandwich Bar

They’re kind of a like a shortbready-flapjack with gooey apricot jammy stuff in the middle. Really very tasty, not too sweet, but incredibly crumbly – very much like crumble infact. So much so that Mr Cakes and I ate them with custard on top thank you very much. Not suitable for the rapha jersey pocket, sadly.

And so it looks like I’m out. Who is next?

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