I was on the lookout for a delicious slice using oats after my recent flapjack revelation courtesy of Lunchlady, but somehow I wound up on a chocolate/coconut tangent. I love that everything I needed for this slice was right there in my pantry. It was meant to be.
Unfortunately I am not one of those folks who exercises regularly to balance out all the food I want to eat above my ‘need’ per day, so when something like this pops out the oven, I promptly slice it up and pop it over the fence to my neighbour. We are blessed that our neighbours are seriously generous. They not only walk our dog, offer to lend me their lawnmower and sometimes house sit when we go away, they also love the sweet stuff and are willing to take any baked goods off my hands. Chocolate is my one true vice and I find it hard to resist so I secretly wanted to keep this for myself, but it can’t be. I probably could take up exercise some day and then I wouldn’t be faced with this dilemma to share or not to share. But then maybe not. It’s the least I can do for the dog walks and cuddles over the fence (yes our dog gets those too).
This slice is so simple the kids could make it. I would probably love to add some macadamia nuts to it next time, I reckon a little crunch surprise amid the chocolate and coconut bite would go down nicely. Either way, tastes delightful as it is.
Ingredients// yields approx 18 pieces
125g butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup plain flour
1/3 cup self-raising flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut flakes + 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top
1 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
20g butter, cubed
2 tablespoons milk, warmed
Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 20 x 30cm tin and line with parchment paper.
Combine butter, brown sugar and egg in a large bowl. Sift in flours and cocoa powder. Add coconut and combine well.
Pour mixture into pan, smooth out the top and bake for about 20-25 minutes until firm.
To make the icing:
Sift icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl. Add butter to the warmed milk and stir to melt, then add to icing sugar and stir until nice and smooth.
Once slice is baked spread the icing over the top and smooth out with a spatula. Sprinkle with coconut and set aside to cool completely in pan.
Cut into pieces once cool.
Good luck making it last for a day or two. If it does last past a day (yeah right), keeps well in airtight container.