When I baked this slices for the first time , it came out so well that I was so happy, mainly because it did take some time to prepare the layers.Its now a regular at my home and I normally prepare it with some variations.
There are three steps that you have to do,the pastry,filling and finishing it off with icing but trust me the end result is worth while .
¼ cup castor sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1 egg yolk
1 cup plain flour
¼ cup cornflour
¼ cup grounded almonds (optional)
2 cups desiccated coconut
1 cup sugar
125g glace cherries ( cut into 4)
1 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
I had almonds at hand , so I grounded it and added to the pastry.The actual recipe does not require you to add the almonds, so its up to you!I have made some changes on the amount of butter and milk for the icing so it will be sufficient enough for you to coat the top layer.
Pastry: Beat butter , sugar and vanilla until creamy.Add egg yolk , beat well.Fold in sifted flours,if mixture is too dry, add 1 tbsp water.Divide pastry in half.Roll out one half on a slightly floured surface to fit the base 28cmx18cm lamington tin which has been lined with lightly greased aluminium foil.Extend the foil 5cm over edges of tin for easy removal of slice.Trim off any excess pastry.
Filling : Combine coconut , sugar and eggs in bowl, add chopped cherries , mix well.Spoon filling evenly over pastry.
Roll out the remaining pastry, fit over filling.At this stage you will have some difficulty to transfer the pastry to the lamington tin.I divided the pastry into a few sections and transferred slowly until the pastry was covered.No problem if there are some patches.Bake in moderate oven 25-30 mins or until golden brown.Leave to cool.
Icing : Prepare the icing when the pastry is cooling down from the oven .Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.add melted butter , milk, a few drops of colouring , beat until smooth.
Once the pastry is cool, spread the icing over the slice, make the icing as thin as possible so that it covers the whole slice.Sprinkle with extra coconut . Cut into small squares. You can place each slices in paper cups. N’joy .
Source:Australian Women’s Weekly Home Library
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