No-Bake Recipes for Summer Days

In the summertime you may not always want to start up the oven. Having a few 'no-bake' recipes on hand can be extremely useful. Most of these are suitable for children to make too. Encouraging children to cook creates opportunities to discuss food values and nutrition while sharing a pleasurable task.

The first three are made in a slice or lamington tin of about 7 to 11 inch. Once set, these can be cut up and transferred to a covered container for storage.

Lemon Slice
1 packet plain sweet biscuits, crushed
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups coconut
Grated rind 1 lemon and ½ cup lemon juice
3 ounces copha

Melt copha and add other ingredients. Press into 7 x 11 inch tin. Top with a thin layer of lemon icing and sprinkle with coconut. Store in the refrigerator.

Fudge Slice
4 ounces butter
½ cup sugar
1 cup sultanas
1 beaten egg
1 pkt crushed plain sweet biscuits (8 ounces)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place butter, sugar and sultanas in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring well. Allow to cool and add the egg and vanilla. Mix well then add the biscuits. Spread in a greased slice tin (roughly 7 inches x 11 inches or equivalent). When set, ice with chocolate icing and sprinkle with coconut or crushed nuts.

Apricot SliceCredit: Vince Evans - Copyright

Another great slice is Apricot Coconut Slice
1 packet (8 ounces) plain sweet biscuits, crushed
200 grams finely chopped dried apricots
1 tin (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
1 ½ cups coconut
4 ounces butter
1 ½ cups chocolate chips

Combine biscuits, apricots and coconut. Stir milk and butter over medium heat until combined. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Press into a lined 7 x 11 inch tray and refrigerate until set. Melt the chocolate chips, pour over the slice and allow to set before cutting into squares.

NB: It is best to score the chocolate before it sets completely otherwise it tends to crack as you try to cut it.

The following recipe is chockful of goodness.

Coconut balls
4 ounces each of currants, raisins, sultanas and  nuts
3 tablespoons coconut

Mix the fruit and nuts then mince in a food processor. Form small balls from the mixture and roll in coconut. Place on greaseproof paper and place in the refrigerator until set.

This following is a great one for the kids to make as it is really simple and doesn't require using appliances or baking. You might even need to make a double batch.

Peanut Butter Balls
½ cup each honey and peanut butter
1 cup each non-fat powdered milk and quick cooking oats

Mix all ingredients, roll into balls and refrigerate until set.

Another easy recipe using peanut butter is Graham Cracker Layers.

You'll need:
½ cup softened butter
4 cups icing sugar
4 tablespoons light cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup peanut butter.

Gradually beat 1 cup sugar into the butter until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the rest of the sugar alternately with the cream. Add vanilla and peanut paste. Spread a cracker generously with the mixture and add a second cracker on top. If you don't like slightly soggy crackers, eat at once. Otherwise cover the crackers and leave for a few hours.

For this easy no-bake fudge, you'll an 8 inch square glass dish or equivalent.

Place 3 cups chocolate chips, a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk and ¼ cup butter in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Melt at medium heat (3 to 5 minutes) stirring several times through the process. Stir in a cup of chopped walnuts if you want. Pour into a greased or lined glass dish and refrigerate till set.

With so much emphasis these days on saving power and electricity, these recipes will come in very handy.