I often make this in lieu of muesli bars for school lunches. When my boys were younger, I never bought them 'trendy', packaged lunchbox foods, but their lunch boxes were the envy of every kid in school. Other kids would beg to swap their roll-ups or whatever the latest lunch box 'fad' was for a piece of my boys' home made slice or cakes. I think that home-made beats store-bought anyday and it would seem that the majority of kids in the playground agree.
This is one of those fabulous interchangeable recipes where the variety of fruit and nuts can be changed to suit your tastes. Experiment with different combinations. The recipe given is full of dried apricot and pecan goodness.
This is a great slice for lunch boxes!
Fruit and Nut Slice
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup coconut
½ cup sugar
125g butter, melted
1 cup coconut
1 cup pecans, chopped½ cup dried apricots, diced
1 ½ cups brown sugar½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 180 °C.
Sift flour and combine with sugar and coconut. Add melted butter. Press into a greased slice pan and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden.
Combine coconut, pecans, apricots, brown sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Lightly beat eggs and vanilla essence together. Add to dry ingredients. Press over cooked base. Reduce heat to 160°C and bake for 15 minutes or until topping is cooked. Cool completely before cutting into slices.
Experiment with different combinations of fruits and nuts.
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples. I've raised happy and healthy kids and I believe that good food is central to a good life!
I have an unpublished cookbook manuscript that lives on my kitchen bench. This is the collection that I have fed my family from for many years, all made from a core list of practical and economical ingredients. The manuscript is splattered with butter, flour and milk from daily use. It moves between the kitchen and the office as I edit and test-kitchen the recipes.