This is a slightly adapted version of my grandmother Neddy’s recipe. It’s subtly Christmasy and everyone here loves it. A lovely slice to have in the pantry for those Christmas visitors. It also makes a great wee gift. I keep it in the freezer and bring it out to sit at room temperature to thaw, it doesn’t take long.
100g chilled butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
¼ cup almond meal (or use flour)
¼ cup fine coconut (or use flour)
1 cup brown sugar (not packed – 100g)
¼ cup flour
¼ cup almond meal
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ tsp mixed spice and cinnamon
1 cup fine coconut
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fruit mince – homemade is best!
Pulse butter with flour, almond meal, coconut and sugar until breadcrumb consistency and press into lined slice tin (20x30cm or you can use a small square one, the slice will just be thicker) Bake at 160ºC for 10-12 minutes.
Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, mix well and add wet ingredients. Pour over base and spread out evenly. Cook for a further 25-30 minutes or until the topping is set and golden.
Cool before slicing. Great with a cup of tea!
For nut free - replace the almond meal in the base with flour or oats and leave out the almond meal in the topping.