“There are times when wisdom cannot be found in the chambers of parliament or the halls of academia but at the unpretentious setting of the kitchen table.”
~ E.A. Bucchianeri
As promised, here is the first recipe in my ‘Slice Extravaganza’ series – the brainchild of my mother, who must be acknowledge for her great generosity in lending me the Family Recipe Book from which this recipe is taken. Thanks, Mum!
This is a delightful slice – a crispy, crunchy but delicate base with a tangy lemon topping. Perfect with a morning coffee or an afternoon cup of tea.
It’s also a confidence-building recipe for kitchen beginners and young cooks.
1 x cup of self raising flour (self-rising for my USA friends or 1 cup of all purpose flour, 1 and 1/2 x teaspoons baking powder and a pinch of salt, sifted together), 1 x cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut, 1/2 cup of lightly packed soft brown sugar, 1/2 cup (4 oz or 125 grams) melted butter
*Note – for vegans, use a vegetable butter substitute. If you’re gluten intolerant, this works fine with a commercial gluten-free flour mix.
Preheat oven to moderate (160 degree celcius fan-forced or 180 degree oven – 350 degrees fahrenheit).
Line a 28cm x 18cm (9 inch by 13 inch) slice tin with some baking paper.
Measure the dry ingredients into a large bowl and then mix through the melted butter. The mixture should be moist and crumbly.
Press the mixture lightly into the tin. DO NOT PRESS DOWN HEAVILY!
Place your slice into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the top is a nice golden brown colour.
Lemon Icing Ingredients: (Frosting for you USA folk!)
1 and 1/2 cups sifted icing sugar mixture (confectioners’ sugar or powdered sugar),1 x tablespoon of soft butter, finely grated zest of one lemon, 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Additional coconut to sprinkle on top. (Shredded coconut is lovely for this!)
Mix the ingredients together with enough of the lemon juice to make a smooth, creamy consistency.
Spread the icing mixture over the slice while it is still warm. Sprinkle coconut over the warm icing and leave to cool in tin. DO resist cutting before it cools, or you will end up with a crumbly mess!
Cut into squares to serve, and store in an airtight container. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s delicious!