Last Sunday, I attended my first meeting of the Homemades Meetup Group. This group meets to eat and discuss baked goods, sweet or savoury. Sounds pretty good, huh?
The theme for this meeting, hosted by Steph, was Retro Bakes - make something that reminds you of your childhood/youth/past in some way. A group of 27 bakers answered the call - here is just some of the enormous spread that we ended up with:
Believe it or not, we did have some savoury dishes in there - a quiche slice, a meatloaf and a curry. The rest was the ultimate sweet heaven. Here is the group shot out on Steph's fabulous balcony with a city view:
Photo: S Clarke
My offering for this meeting was Raspberry Coconut Slice. This was a regular in our lunch boxes when I was growing up, so was a natural choice for me to make. I have no idea where Mum got the recipe from, and I have scrawled it on a piece of telephone pad that lives in a shoe box on top of a bookshelf. The recipe is easy peasy to make, and tastes very good.
To make my Mum's raspberry coconut slice, you will need:
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
1 1/4 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup raspberry jam
1 cup coconut
3/4 cup sugar
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 18cm x 28cm slice tin.
Beat the butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light and creamy. Add the egg and the vanilla to the mixture and beat well. Sift the flour and salt into the mixture and combine with a spoon until you get a stiff paste. Press the mixture into the base of the prepared slice tin.
Spread the base with the raspberry jam, using the back of a spoon.
In a small bowl, beat the egg with a fork. Add the coconut and sugar and mix well with a spoon. Carefully spread the coconut mixture evenly over the top of the jam, taking care not to press down too hard so as to avoid mixing the jam and the coconut topping.
Bake the slice in the preheated oven for around 20-25 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.
Remove the slice from the oven and allow to cool completely in the tin on a wire rack. Once cooled completely, cut the slice into the desired sized squares.