Saturday, 20 August 2011

Raspberry and Coconut Slice

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I'm not a big fan of very sweet desserts. However, there are days when the only thing that can cheer me up is …sugar, lots, and lots of sugar…Not very healthy, I know, but it does work, well at least for a moment ;-) Today's cake recipe is incredibly sweet. It is made of short crust pastry and raspberries covered with sweet coconut mixture.

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Coconut and raspberry is one of the combinations that you cannot go wrong with, so the cake is truly delicious. Because of the high sugar content, I would recommend it mostly to those of you who love very sweet desserts though. The recipe comes from the book I mentioned yesterday: Indulgence: Slices.
Have a nice Sunday everyone!!!

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Raspberry and Coconut Slice

Serves 12

280 g(2 ¼ cups) all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. ground almonds
400 g (2 cups) caster sugar
250 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1 tbsp. lemon juice
300 g raspberries (thaw if frozen)
90 g unsweetened desiccated coconut
Icing sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F). Lightly grease 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inch) baking pan, line with baking paper.

Sift 220 g (1 ¾ cups) of the flour into a large bowl. Add the almonds and 100 g ( ½ cup) of the sugar. Stir to combine. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Press into prepared baking pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

Reduce the oven temperature to 150C (300 F).

Sift the remaining flour, nutmeg and baking powder into a separate dish.

Beat the eggs, remaining sugar and vanilla extract with electric beaters for 4 minutes, or until light and creamy.

Fold in the flour mixture with a large metal spoon. Stir in lemon juice, coconut and raspberries.

Pour the mixture over the base. Bake for 1 hour, or until golden. If the top browns too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.

Set aside to cool in the pan. Gently cut into pieces. Dust with icing sugar.

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