A sweet chocolate slice, made from a few simple pantry ingredients and some butter, is quite a nostalgic treat here. My mother made this, from her trusty and somewhat splattered "Day to Day Cookery" book, when we were small and I remember it being one of the first things I learnt to cook. I make it rarely now, but when I do, it's a happy treat that disappears very quickly!
Pieces of deliciousness!
My Mum gave me a copy of the "Day to Day Cookery" book when I left home and, I'm proud to say, my copy is now just as splattered as hers! I've tinkered with the original recipe to reduce the sugar in the slice by half so it's a little less sweet ... that's just my way. Here's how I make it now:
Sweet & Simple Chocolate Slice
1 & 1/4 cups white spelt flour (or plain flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 Tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa)
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
1/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. Sift flour, baking powder and cacao into a mixing bowl.
3. Melt butter in a small saucepan.
4. Beat egg.
5. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the melted butter. Begin to
combine with dry ingredients and then add the beaten egg. Mix well.
6. Press mixture into a slice tray.
7. Bake for 15 minutes.
8. Cool before topping with a simple chocolate icing and a sprinkling of coconut. ❤
You can make a simple chocolate icing by mixing together 1 cup of icing sugar and 1 Tablespoon of cacao powder (or cocoa) with a little hot water. Just sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl so there are no lumps and then mix with hot water, a little bit at a time, until you get the consistency you want. You can then flavour with vanilla essence too before spreading thinly over your freshly baked slice.
There is nothing fancy about this slice. Just simple ingredients and a little icing and you have a delicious treat for afternoon tea!