Chocolate and Coconut Slice

This slice was a special request from a special someone in hospital. It was quite easy considering I hadn’t made it before, I also had all I needed in the pantry which was brilliant at short notice. Only 15 minutes to mix it all up, 20 minutes to bake, 5 minutes to ice and overnight in the fridge and its ready to go in the morning. They were well recieved by the recipient and the last few pieces have been devoured by Daniel and myself. It was very moist and super tasty considering how easy it was to make.

125g melted butter

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg lightly beaten

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1/2 cup plain flour

1/4 cup self raising flour

2 tablesppons cocoa powder

1/2 cup shredded(not dessicated) coconut

1 tablesppon  to 1/4 cup coconut extra (depending on how much you want on top)

Chocolate Icing:

1 cup icing sugar mixture (soft icing sugar)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

20g melted butter

1-11/2 tablespoons approx of very hot water

Grease a 19cm x 29cm ( I used a 20cm x 20cm, to make it a bit thicker) rectangular slice pan, line base & 2 opposite sides with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

Combine butter, sugar, egg & vanilla in a medium bowl. Sift in flours & cocoa powder then add the coconut & mix well to combine.

Spread the mixture over base of your tin – making sure to press the mixture into the corners. Bake in the oven for about 20minutes. Check after 20 minutes with a skewer – if it comes out clean, it’s done. Mine took 25 minutes.

While slice is still piping hot, prepare your icing: Sift icing sugar & cocoa powder into a bowl, add combined melted butter & water & stir rapidly until icing is at a spreadable consistency – not too runny. Spread icing mixture over hot slice & sprinkle with extra coconut.

Refrigerate until set, a couple of hours or overnight & once set, cut into bite sized squares or diamonds & serve. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Store in the fridge if the weather is warm to prevent the icing from melting. I got about 25 squares.

Seeing as this slice was a present it had to be packaged beautifully but also practically because it is going a hospital. I found this jar at a small cheap shop but it did the job perfectly, wrapped with a pretty ribbon it was ready to go. I hope you all enjoyed it and hopefully I can make the biscuits I had promised some time this weekend.

Sonia xx


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