My favourite lunchbox treat as a little girl was my Mum’s chocolate slice. I’ve re-discovered it here, partly because I miss chocolate, and partly because coconut is so cheap and readily available. Our house mama grates it for me straight out of the shell because Arthur banned me from using the little stool-with-a-knife-on-the-end that he believes I will injure myself with! (She, of course, does it with ease!) Fresh coconut is amazing but needs to be stored in the fridge or else it goes mouldy.
(By the way, did you know that ‘dessicated’ coconut means ‘dried out’? I always thought it meant ‘chopped up really small’, but apparently not!)
- 300g melted Blue Band (margarine if you have it)
- 2 cups flour
- 2t baking powder
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- Melt Blue Band in saucepan.
- Combine all dry ingredients.
- Add Blue Band and mix well.
- Put in a large rectangle tin.
- Bake 20 mins at 180 degrees (or longer if you prefer your slice hard rather than chewy.)
- 2T cocoa
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 1T milk
- 1T Blue Band, melted (again, margarine if you have it)
- sprinkle of coconut
- Mix all ingredients except coconut together.
- Ice slice while still warm.
- When cool, sprinkle with coconut and slice.
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.