Oaty ginger crunch
6th June 2013

Oaty ginger crunch

By Kate Photography by Adam

Nothing beats a beautiful slice of ginger crunch along side a nice cup of tea. Dedicated fans will have a favourite style, from the purist form of a plain shortcrust base with an equal depth of icing to those with‘creative extra’s’ like mine (surely you can make most things better with pistachio nuts?).It’s spicy, buttery and sweet which fulfills all the necessary criteria for the kind of treat that requires its’ eater to always return to the tin for that sneaky second piece.

In this recipe the base of the slice is cooked to golden perfection before being drowned in that super delicious almost fudge like icing that only a ginger crunch lover knows.The recipe (and the tin size) can easily be halved, but it’s darn good so rest assured if you are a ginger lover, it won’t last.


  • Base
  • 250g sugar
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 100g golden syrup
  • 300g butter
  • 140g slivered almonds, roasted
  • 220g rolled oats
  • 150g desiccated coconut
  • 280g self raising flour
  • Icing
  • 220g golden syrup
  • 200g butter
  • 3 tbsp ground ginger
  • 500g icing sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios
  • ¼ cup finely chopped crystalised ginger.


    • Base
    • 1. Preheat oven to 160°C on fan bake.
    • 2. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm slice tin.
    • 3. Melt butter, sugar, golden syrup and ginger in a medium saucepan over a gentle heat.
    • 4. Remove from heat and add almonds, oats, coconut and flour, mix well.
    • 5. Press firmly into tin.
    • 6. Bake for 15-20 min, or until golden.
    • 7. Allow base to cool in the tin.
    • Icing
    • 1. In a small saucepan mix together the golden syrup, butter, ground ginger and icing sugar over a low heat till smooth.
    • 2. Pour icing over the base and spread out with a spatula.
    • 3. Sprinkle over the chopped pistachios and crystallized ginger.
    • 4. Allow to set then cut.


      1. Lesley

        Well I’ve got the cup of tea but sadly no ginger slice – so I’ll just have to gaze longingly at this beauty!

      2. Patricia Scarpin

        I love the addition of pistachios here – the bars look irresistible!

      3. CustomerCareChef

        Just made this for the folks in the Dunedin Call Centre for afternoon tea, AMAZING!

        If you’re a fan of ginger crunch you have to give this one a go.

      4. Lauren

        Thanks chef! So pleased you enjoyed it :)

      5. Kate

        Yes it is definitely one of my favourite sweet treats. Pistachios are so delicious so I’m always looking for interesting ways to use them. They are a match made in heaven with Ginger.

      6. Susan Knaap

        Loved this recipe and shared it with the premier American food sites Foodgawker and Tastespotting, along with the recipe and attribution to Fisher & Paykel. Here’s the link to the recipe/image http://thekiwicook.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/oaty-ginger-crunch/

      7. Kate

        Hi Susan,
        I’m pleased to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thank you for sharing it around. I find it hard to go past this when I need to fill the tins!

      8. Sylvia

        Looking forward to trying this – hubby’s family loves everything ginger.

      9. bbcweb.ca

        Thanks for sharing this recipe, pistachios are a great touch.

      10. Kate

        Thank you! Yes its a great recipe and it just gets beter and better as you add each layer!

      11. Kate

        Yes please do. It’s so delish and very easy too!

      12. Greg

        This looks delicious, cannot wait to try it out.

      13. Kate

        Hi Greg,
        As a dedicated fan of ginger, I can honestly say it is one of my favourite treats to have my tins filled with! Enjoy the recipe and please let us know how you like it:)

      14. Sara

        Hello Kate,
        This looks so Yum, I am tempted to make it. But could please explain this golden syrup ingredient to me. Can I find it in U.S.?

      15. Kate

        Hi Sara,
        This is so yum! I definitely encourage you to make it, it’s absolutely in my top 3 favourite baking recipes. Golden syrup is an evaporated sugar cane syrup, golden and toasty in flavour. It’s a staple in the baking pantry in New Zealand! It is available in the U.S. but not as readily available. I do think it’s important for the flavour of this slice but if you can’t find it then I would try replacing with 2/3 hone and 1/3 molasses. Alternatively there are some YouTube videos that show you how to make your own! Let us know how you go:) Kate

      16. Gloria

        Love your recipes YUM

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