Blueberry Friand Slice

Not your typical slice, but just as enjoyable. Blueberries with a softcakey base, just beautiful for morning or afternoon tea.

1 ¼ cups icing sugar mixture

½ cup plain flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup almond meal

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest (1 lemon)

150g margarine, melted, cooled

4 egg whites, lightly whisked

150g frozen blueberries

Icing sugar to dust

Preheat oven to 160’C. Grease and line a 16cm x 26cm slice pan,allowing a 2cm over hang on the long sides. Sift sugar, flour and baking powdertogether in a large bowl. Stir in almond meal, and lemon zest, Make a well inthe centre, add margarine and egg whites. Stir until just combined. Pour into aprepared pan, sprinkle with blueberries. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewercomes out clean. Stand for 10 minutes. Lift out and cool on a wire rack. Cutinto pieces, dust with icing sugar and serve. Store in an airtight containerfor up to 5 days.

Wanting to make a slice for a bit of a change I trawled the internetand came up with this little beauty. Not exactly what I was looking for but wowwas it tasty. Easy enough to whip up on a weeknight to take to work for morningtea or for lunchboxes this slice is sure to please everyone, even those whopretend not to like blueberries. You can use fresh blueberries but as they areabout $10 a punnet in winter frozen ones do the trick, just pop them instraight out of the packet.

There is nothing difficult about this recipe and most of the things Ialready had at home. I just needed almond meal and a lemon. My favourite kindof baking is creating something new and exciting, not to mention delicious withthings that I already have, I find recipes that have 12 ingredients Idon’t have a bit of a turn off to be frank, I like to think I have a verywell stocked pantry, and if I don’t have it, it can’t be that good.This recipe is also good for people who don’t have a mixer or theirs hasblown up just at the wrong time, just a bowl and a spoon are required to bakethis yummy, impressive slice.

Everyone at work was impressed with how moist and tasty this slice was, even after a couple of days, (once it had retired to the place that all cakes and treats go in our house, the coffee table) it remained beautifully, sweet, soft and delicious. I can whole heartedly recommend making this, (Grandad I’m looking at you, you can make it for Gran while she is out of action) no matter what your baking skill level is, this one is easy enough for first timers and holds enough satisfaction of a perfect result for a seasoned baker.

Love Sonia

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