Slices are big here; peppermint slice, caramel slice, hedgehog slice to name a few. I can’t say I’d really had that many encounters with ‘slices’ in Blighty so to me they are a bit of a novelty and almost make up for the lack of Chelsea buns I get to eat these days.
One of the things I made for the baby shower at the weekend was my favourite; lemon slice. Now if you’re looking for a really easy, really yum treat that doesn’t involve any cooking I’d highly recommend this one. I got this recipe from a relative and she makes it for most of the gatherings we have and everyone upon everyone loves it.
For the base:
Approx. 200g condensed milk
100g melted butter
A 250g packet of crushed Marie biscuits (rich tea biscuits in the UK)
1 cup desiccated coconut
The grated rind of a lemon
For the topping:
2 cups of sieved icing sugar
40g softened butter
Juice of 1 lemon
Now this bit couldn’t be any easier. Are you ready? You simply mix the base ingredients together in a bowl. You want it to be just sticky enough to hold together but not overly gooey. I used my hand to bring it all together.
Then press the mix into a slice tin (or a Tupperware dish or whatever you’ve got that’s about 30cm by 15cm by 10cm ‘ish’ – it’ll just make your slice thicker if you’ve got a smaller container). I used greaseproof paper to line the Tupperware dish and it peeled off easily.
Then mix topping ingredients together and spread evenly over the top of the base ingredients. I added a tiny bit of hot water (about half teaspoon) to the icing mix as it wasn't quite spreadable enough.
Then pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving. It'll keep for about a week in the fridge (although I doubt it will last a week once people know it’s there). It's quite sweet so you don't need to serve it up in huge chunks; I got about 20 or so pieces out of mine.Enjoy!