Ingredients

FOR THE BASE
150g butter
60g mānuka honey
70g brown sugar
70g standard flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
⅓ teaspoon ground ginger
150g oats
FOR THE TOPPING
150g mānuka honey
250g butter
3 cups icing sugar
pinch ground ginger
FOR THE ROAST KŪMARA
1 kūmara
20g mānuka honey
15g butter
TO SERVE
edible flowers, to serve
fresh thyme leaves, to serve

Instructions

1.FOR THE BASE
2.Preheat the oven to 170℃ and line a 24 x 24cm tin with baking paper, making sure enough comes up the sides to pull the slice out later.
3.Melt the butter, honey and sugar together in pot over a low heat, then stir in the remaining dry ingredients.
4.Spread into the tin using a spatula to flatten it and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden and slightly puffed.
5.Leave to cool at room temperature.
6.FOR THE TOPPING
7.Melt the honey and butter together in a pot.
8.Whisk in the icing sugar and ginger until you have a smooth and thick icing, tasting and adjusting the ginger and honey to taste.
9.You want the icing to be thick enough that it will just about hold its shape, but still runs slightly.
10.Pour over the cooled slice and leave to set in the fridge for half an hour.
11.Once set, cut into long finger slices, mine were 2½ x 12cm.
12.FOR THE ROAST KŪMARA AND TO SERVE
13.Preheat the oven to 180℃.
14.Peel the kūmara and cut into cubes about 1½ x 1½cm.
15.Put on a lined baking tray, pour over the honey and place cubes of butter in between.
16.Bake for 15 minutes, mixing every 5 minutes, until the kūmara are cooked and the outsides are slightly crisp.
17.Leave to cool.
18.Top the slice with the cooled kūmara, and decorate with edible flowers and fresh thyme leaves.

Recipes & food styling Maxine Scheckter / Photography Nicola Edmonds

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