Friday, January 6, 2012

Date & Coconut Slice

This is made in 3 parts.
Its a little time consuming & fiddly but oh so worth it!

For the base you'll need:
1 cup plain flour
100g nuttelex.

For the filling you'll need:
1 cup dried dates
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dessiccated coconut
1 tablespoon corn flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping you'll need:
30g walnuts
2 tablespoons shredded coconut (you can use desiccated if you wish but the shredded looks great as a topping!)

Line a 2cm square cake tin with baking paper.
Preheat your oven to 180C.
Put the flour into a mixing bowl & add the nuttelex cut into bite size pieces. Use your hands to rub the nuttelex into the flour until the mixture is crumbly.
Push the mixture into the lined cake tin and press down firmly.
Bake in the oven for 13 minutes (it won't look cooked or very golden - that's ok!).
Chop the dried dates into little pieces & place into a saucepan. Pour boiling water over the top of the dates until just covered. Place on the stove & bring to the boil & then simmer until nearly all the water is dried out - takes about 10 mins. Remove from heat & drain any excess water.
Place dates, brown sugar, desiccated coconut, corn flour & vanilla into a mixing bowl & mix well.
Pour the date mixture over the base. Spread until evenly coated.
Place the walnuts in a sandwich lock bag. Zip shut & then crush with a meat mallet!!! You can make the crumbs as small or large as you like. Add the shredded coconut to the bag and mix well.
Sprinkle the coconut/walnut mixture over the top of the date filling & lightly press down til its just into the date mix.
Bake in the oven for a further 15 minutes or until lightly golden on the top.
Allow to cool before cutting into bite size squares.

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