BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: Deb Frecklington dropped by to help Rob Patch celebrate the Peanut Van's 50 year birthday.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: Deb Frecklington dropped by to help Rob Patch celebrate the Peanut Van's 50 year birthday. Madeline Grace

Deb's 10 step secret recipe featuring Kingaroy peanuts

MEMBER for Nanango Deb Frecklington has been sharing her personal recipes with us for some time, but now we finally have a recipe featuring the famous Kingaroy Peanut Van peanuts.

Mrs Frecklington dropped by the Kingaroy Peanut Van to pick up a packet of her favourite peanuts, and drop off her top secret recipe for the upcoming Peanut Van Cookbook.

This was all a part of the Kingaroy Peanut Van's 50 year birthday celebrations.

Peanut Van manager Rowena Dionysius has been hard at work collecting recipes for their Peanut Van Cookbook.

Deb Frecklington dropped by to help Rob Patch and Rowena Dionysius celebrate the Peanut Van's 50 year birthday.
Deb Frecklington dropped by to help Rob Patch and Rowena Dionysius celebrate the Peanut Van's 50 year birthday. Madeline Grace

She said they already had over ten recipes. Some noteworthy contributors were Deb Frecklington, Mayor Keith Campbell, and Hetty Johnston.

Mrs Frecklington also brought by a tray of her home-made peanut slice to share around. It went down a treat, with everyone once again impressed by her cooking.

She said the Peanut Van was an icon and what the South Burnett is most well known for.

"It's not only a meeting place but it really embodies the very heart of the South Burnett,” Mrs Frecklington said.

"I mean it's been here and in business for 50 years.

"Travellers, locals, and visitors are all talking about our peanut van. I'm fortunate enough in my position to meet a variety of people and as soon as I mention the South Burnett they're talking to me about the Peanut Van.”

Mrs Frecklington said she loved being able to promote the van.

"It holds a special place in my heart,” she said.

"My all time favourite flavour is the Tangy Lime. It's a chilli and lime type of taste. But, you also just can't go past their boiled peanuts.

"The boiled peanuts are a hit at home. But, my youngest Elkie really loves the salt and vinegar ones. So I'm picking those up a lot too.”

Kingaroy Peanut Van owner Rob Patch tasted and approved of Deb Frecklington's peanut slice.
Kingaroy Peanut Van owner Rob Patch tasted and approved of Deb Frecklington's peanut slice. Madeline Grace

Mrs Frecklington said she just loves cooking and couldn't pass up the opportunity to share one of her peanut recipes.

"This is a peanut slice that I adapted specifically for the 50 year anniversary,” she said.

"It's a celebration of all things good about the South Burnett. All in this one slice. Be it a very sweet slice.

"It's super easy to make. Even a beginner cook could whip this one up.”

Mrs Frecklington was kind enough to share her now not so top secret peanut recipe with us.

Deb's Peanut Slice Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams of butter
  • 1/2 cup of plain flour
  • 1/2 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup of caster sugar
  • 100 grams of white chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups of Kingaroy peanuts
  • 1 can of condensed milk

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

2. Grease and line a rectangular slice tin with baking paper.

3. Place butter in a bowl and melt.

4. Add the flour, coconut, and caster sugar to the bowl. Mix well.

5. Place mixture into your slice tin and press down firmly.

6. Bake in the over for 10 minutes.

7. Sprinkle the peanuts and finely chopped white chocolate on top of the slice.

8. Pour a can of condensed milk over the top of the peanuts and chocolate, to cover the slice.

9. Bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes, until brown.

10. Cool and let set. Then enjoy.

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