Thursday, September 03, 2009


It has been a while since I did a cooking classroom, so today I was slightly nervous - especially as one of the participants has her own cooking school where she teaches bread making. Anyway, I had no need to worry really as my standard first time recipes pulled through and they all went home very happy.... after chatting for over 2 hours!
It is basil and pumpkin season so today's menu was: Pumpkin muffins, herbed foccacia bread, basil pesto and apricot fudge slice. The fudge slice is always a big winner in Japan because it is so easy to make and doesn't require an oven. For anyone who is interested in trying it here is the recipe.... (sorry the measurements are in "cc's" and grams due to different cup measurements all around the world!)
125g butter
125cc brown sugar
200cc sweetened condensed milk
250cc chopped dried apricots (can substitute other dried fruit - but apricots are my favorite!)
250g crushed plain wine biscuits (Marie style in Japan - get the cheap 105 yen packets!)

Heat, butter, brown sugar and condensed milk until butter melts. Do not boil. Add apricots and wine biscuits. Mix well. Press into a tin and sprinkle with coconut if desired. Set in fridge. Cut into squares. It will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for weeks - but never lasts more than a day or two in our house!
Right I'm off to a PTA meeting... can hardly wait!


  1. Megan5:49 PM

    Oooh that is the fudge slice we made last time I was in Japan... it's my favourite.... and even more so that you've reminded me about it and the fact that it doesn't need an oven!

  2. So what's the deal with oven's? Not many people have them, or just scared of using them?!

  3. Mike - very few people here have ovens, and if they do they are basically a microwave that you can use as an oven... and therefore cook 5 cookies at a time!

  4. Everything looks fabulous! How long is your class? I have a 2 hour class and we make two dishes. I can't believe how much you got done!

  5. I have been wanting this recipe for ages! Megan has made it a couple of times and its so yummy! Excuse my cooking ignorance but what is a cc????

  6. well Jo, that sure gotr the fergies jumping eh!!! I think I'll have to join in the Fudge slice mayhem and try it too.

  7. thefukases: generally I aim to finish everything within two hours, but yesterday we had everything finished, tidied up and herb tea in the pot within about an hour and a half. I always make the bread dough before they arrive and just get them to shape it and choose as simple and quick to cook things as possible!
    BTW - I loved your train cake - great family effort!