Tuesday, August 30


Today I really wanted to get more painting done and make a start on a patchwork cushion for my big girl's birthday,  but today is Tuesday, my lunchbox cooking day.  So I thought after a visit to my friend's flower shop  and a bit of procrastinating I'd better get home and start baking.  Well I probably should have stuck with the painting and sewing because my cooking was a bit disastrous.

The orange marmalade cake has been cleverly iced to cover the dip in the centre and the oat and sultana biscuits, burnt, and generally not tasty.  I needed something else to offer for a lunchbox treat so I thought I'd take the safe option and make a chocolate slice, with some very runny icing, oh well.  Next time I'll have to craft instead, there's always tomorrow though.  This is our all time favourite chocolate slice recipe.
1¼ cups self-raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa
¾ cup coconut
½ cup caster sugar
125g butter
1 egg

Chocolate Icing
1 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
hot water

1. Mix dry ingredients together.
2. Melt butter, beat egg well.  Add both to dry ingredients.
3. Mix well then press into a flat tin.
4. Bake 10-15 minutes in moderate oven.
5. Cut into squares.
6. When cool pour chocolate icing over top and leave to set.  Divide squares.

Chocolate Icing
1.Sift icing sugar into a bowl.
2.Blend cocoa with a little hot water.
3.Add to icing sugar with enough water to make a smooth paste.
4.Flavour with vanilla.



  1. that gooey, runny icing looks yummm!
    don't you hate kitchen days like that?
    my kids don't get home baking but luckily they think capsicum and olives are treats :-)

  2. I just love that you have a lunchbox cooking day. Fantastic.
    (even if everything didn't turn out the way you'd have liked!)

  3. I love cooking day at your house - even if you did burn a batch of biccies... :)

    Thanks for the slice recipe! I can't wait to give it a try this weekend when I do my household baking..

    Jodie :)

  4. Yum! The chocolate slice looks very like the one I've been making for years from a Womens Weekly cookbook. Always a hit in this house. I did lunchbox baking yesterday too - though a double batch of biscuits was all I managed.

  5. I make a chocolate slice with the same ingredients ( from memory that is ) but slightly different quantities. Yours looks delicious. x

  6. Thrilled to discover you're normal and have baking disasters, admittedly not as catastrophic as mine tend to be though! x

  7. What lucky girls you have to get homemade baked goodies every week in their lunchbox! So glad to hear that others have baking disasters too! That chic slice looks delicious - runny icing and all!

  8. Delicious. Thanks for the slice recipe.
    I remember Monday used to be Mums cooking day. x

  9. Oh gosh, that chocolate slice recipe looks like the one we used to make as kids. Lovely flashbacks! I am so making it soon, got to now :)

  10. You make want to cook every time I see what you make.



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