Classic Chocolate Slice

Classic Chocolate Slice

Nostalgia 

noun

    - a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past: As I bit into the Chocolate Slice I was overcome with acute nostalgia for the  sunny afternoons of my childhood. 

Essential at every bake sale and on regular rotation on Grandma’s after school treats menu.

So incredibly sweet it makes your teeth ache, but there’s no denying the wave of nostalgia that overcomes you as you sink your teeth in. 

 Ingredients 

For the slice

150g Butter, melted, cooled

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup plain flour

1/3 cup self-raising flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup Desiccated Coconut (for the love of all, make sure it’s fresh!)

For the Chocolate Icing

1 1/2 cups Icing Sugar 

1/4 cup cocoa powder

20g butter grated (grate when cold it’s perfect for icing and crumbles or just when you need it chopped)

2 tbsp boiling water

Bright beautiful sprinkles, classic 100’s & 1000’s basically whatever you like! If you're a purist, go extra coconut… I’m obviously a rebel. 

 

Method

Preheat oven to 160°C (fan-forced 180 if not)

Grease and line a  20cm x 30cm lamington pan

  -You want the paper sticking out about 2cm at each end, so you have some handles to pull that baby out when it’s finished.  

Pop the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl and stir until well combined. (A spoon is fine but a balloon whisk is faster)

Sift over flours and cocoa powder (I wont judge if you don’t sift!) 

Add 1/2 cup coconut and mix it all up.

Spread the mixture evenly into your pan and pop in the oven to bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until firm to touch.

While it’s baking away you can make the Chocolate Icing.
Sift icing sugar and cocoa powder into a medium heatproof bowl. Add butterand boiling water. Stir until smooth.
Spread hot slice with icing. Sprinkle the sprinkles on top, you can use desiccated coconut but I prefer the cheerfulness of the sprinkles, over the authenticity of the coconut.
Set aside to cool completely in pan. Cut into pieces. 
This is obviously best served with a cuddle and unconditional love, or out of a cello bag -school fete style! I kid, although you probably will need a hot drink to take the edge off the super sunny sweetness!
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