Chocolate slice is a simple to make Australian deal with, type of like a cookie bar with coconut blended in and topped with a chocolate glaze. It is easy to scale up or down and ideal as an after faculty or tea time snack.
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As we had been contemplating a transfer to Melbourne in Australia for some time, one of many issues I used to be excited to see was that it has a thriving cafe tradition. In actual fact, whereas Melbourne is a very coffee-fanatical metropolis, cafes and bakeries are in style throughout the nation.
Just about each city has a neighborhood bakery, with classics together with sausage rolls, savory meat pies, and varied candy treats.
For those who’re out, it is fairly typical to have a chunk to go along with your morning espresso or tea. The concept of “teatime” does appear to be adopted from British colonial instances. In actual fact each my children’ faculties speak about “morning tea” for morning snack.
In case you have somebody over to your own home, when you’re feeling fancy you would possibly make one thing to share (when you do not let the bakery assist). And when you do, one thing like a slice is a well-liked alternative.
The Australian slice
As I discussed once I shared my lemon slice recipe, “slices” are one thing you will discover in lots of cafes and bakeries, in addition to made at house. They’re a bit like cookie bars or sheet truffles and are available every kind of flavors.
Some slices definitely appear to have British origins, like chocolate caramel slice which is basically millionaire’s shortbread, in style in Scotland (the place it seemingly originates). One other basic, vanilla slice, is much like what could be often known as a napoleon within the US and comes from the French mille-feuille.
The concept of a “slice”, although, is definitely very a lot a part of Australian tradition. Some imagine the recognition of slices is that they’re simpler than making a cake, however seem to be you have got put in additional effort than merely making some cookies. They’re additionally excellent to make in bigger portions, so superb for bake gross sales and so on.
This chocolate slice is among the extra conventional slices that is an incredible crowd-pleaser (and will get my children’ seal of approval).
Making chocolate slice
You will discover a couple of totally different variations on chocolate slice, a few of which are not any bake and others baked, like this one. Some have a softer, fudgier base, whereas others are extra agency. Just about all have a chocolate frosting/glaze on prime (as a result of clearly!).
Regardless that that is baked, it is extremely straightforward to make. All you do is combine the dry elements, individually combine the melted butter and egg, then mix them. Flatten this into the underside of a lined dish then bake to agency it up.
Put together the frosting shortly earlier than the bottom finishes baking. Unfold it over the bottom whereas it is nonetheless heat as it is going to unfold extra simply with the heat. Strive to not work it an excessive amount of as it is going to develop into extra uneven.
Scaling up and saving leftovers
You’ll be able to simply scale the dimensions of this deal with up (or down,) relying on how a lot you need. You too can minimize the items smaller or bigger to fit your appetites.
In case you have leftover items, these might be saved in an hermetic container at room temperature for a pair days. You too can freeze it, separating slices with parchment paper in a freezer bag or field.
Chocolate slice is a basic Australian cookie bar that would slot in anyplace as a celebration dessert, after-school snack or teatime deal with. Simple and engaging, it is price making an excuse to make any time.
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Chocolate slice is a simple to make cookie bar-like Australian deal with, excellent as an after faculty or tea time snack.
Servings: 16 approx
For base –
- 1 cup all goal flour 240g plain flour
- ⅔ cup desiccated coconut 44g
- ½ cup brown sugar 80g – may use common sugar
- 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 egg
- 10 tablespoon unsalted butter melted (140g, 1 stick plus 2 tbsp)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the frosting-
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 110g icing sugar
- 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 15g, melted
- 1 tablespoon boiling sizzling water
Preheat oven to 320F/160C.
Butter a dish or deep baking sheet/tin that is approx 11-12in x 7-8in (28-30cm x 18-20cm) and no less than 1 in (2.5cm) deep. Line it with parchment paper, on the underside and two longer sides, overhanging the perimeters barely and urgent the paper gently into the butter to assist it stick.
Combine collectively the flour, coconut, sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl. Frivolously beat the egg and soften the butter. Add each and the vanilla to the dry elements and blend till properly mixed.
Put the combination into the ready dish and press it down evenly, flattening the highest so it is clean. Bake for approx 20-25 minutes till the agency and the highest seems dry.
In the direction of the tip of the baking time, put together the frosting/icing. Sift the confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder collectively in a bowl. Add the melted butter and sizzling water and blend till properly mixed. Add a little bit additional sugar/water if wanted to make a semi-thick however workable combination.
As soon as the bottom is prepared, prime with the frosting whereas it’s nonetheless sizzling. Attempt to unfold evenly, proper to the corners, however bear in mind when you attempt to work it an excessive amount of the highest will develop into much less even. As soon as completed, sprinkle with a little bit coconut whereas the frosting continues to be moist. Go away to chill/agency up earlier than reducing into items.
To chop into items, it is simpler to loosen the brief edges of the slice and elevate it out of the dish in a single piece. Then, minimize into no matter measurement items fits (for this measurement, I recommend 16 items).
Pictures present a half amount, utilizing a 7 ½ x 5 ½ in dish, however course of is identical (all the things is just halved).
Energy: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fats: 10g | Saturated Fats: 7g | Ldl cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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