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A slice of Wednesday (a day late)

Hi! Hello! Nice to see you!

Yep, sorry about the no-show. Remember what I said about being a daily blogger unless that day kicks my arse? Yesterday was a day. Far out. 

Dreadful headcold. Adam away working. Grouchy children. House a terrible mess. A promised afternoon outing with friends to an animal park which just felt like one long slog. Some days sail by, others you just feel like you never. stop. working. 

Then home to walk to hounds and I see feathers all over the driveway. I leave everyone in the car and walk around the back. I hear a chook in death throws. I see at least two cadavers. And it's not a fox. It's not a stray dog. It's one of my dogs. Escaped the yard somehow. About to end the life of another hen. 

I got the hen away (and she seems OK today). 

Four. Four hens dead. 

Which now brings us down to a laying flock of 14 (from 20). Not really enough to supply the Bikkies.

Not sure what to do. Our commercial laying flock, when we get it, will be protected from predators by electric fencing. Which will include our dogs, I guess. I'm a bit blue, to be honest. What a week. 

But today IS Thursday which means I owe you a slice! Here's yesterdays, given away while still warm. 

 

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Which was kinda a mistake. Not the giving-away bit, the cutting while warm. You have to let this one set, otherwise it'll crumble everywhere. 

It's called the "Easy Slice" in the Mayflower Village Cookery Book. 

 

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Not the most attractive! But super easy and quick. 

 

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Oh, those sticky chewy caramelly edges!

 

Easy Slice

Recipe from Mayflower Village Cookery Book. 

1 pkt Nice biscuits (I used Arrowroot, 250g packet)

6 oz butter (this is approx 185g!)

1 pkt choc bits (my bag was 230g)

1 pkt walnut pieces (I used blanched almonds, 120g packet)

2 oz coconut (approx ¾ cup)

1 tin condensed milk (which is 395g)

Method:

Melt butter and pour into a slice tin. (I used an 18cm x 27cm tin). Crush biscuits and place in tin. Spread choc bits, then nut pieces then shredded coconut over. Pour tin of condensed milk over the lot and cook for 20 mins in a moderate oven (I set mine at 180C.)

I used dessicated coconut although the method mentions shredded. I think shredded would look better. I also did not follow the instructions and pour the butter into the tin first. I mixed the crushed biscuits with the butter and pressed into the tin. I wouldn't do this again. I think the butter would form a better base. I also didn't follow the instructions about the order of the choc bits, coconut and nuts. I think if you put the choc bits in first you'd up with a prettier, smoother top to your slice. 

[Edited note: please also see a revised version over here, made with Nice biscuits – much better, and melted butter into tin first. Also put choc bits on biscuit crumbs, then nuts (if using), then coconut, then condensed milk. Much better finished slice than the one pictured here.]

Pretty much if I'd had another packet of biscuits in the cupboard I would have made it again! In fact I might, and if I do I'll post another photo here. So much for from-scratch. I've never thrown away so many empty bags when making something!

I also think it would be nicer with peanuts, although the almonds worked well. 

I'd love to hear how it goes if you make it! Send me a photo! We could use yours instead!

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And it's a slice that doesn't call for eggs. 

I firmly believe there is always, always an upside. 

xxx

18 Comments on “A slice of Wednesday (a day late)

Tricia
October 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

Oh, sorry about the dogs and the chooks and I hope today running along smoothly.

That slice looks DANGEROUS! You’ve got me heading off to the pantry to find something yummy… although i suspect a hot chocolate is the closest i’ll manage.

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charley @secretwater
October 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

bloody hell woman. You still made a delectable slice on a day like that?! You’re a machine. Looks pretty attractive to me! Commiserations on the chooks chook 🙁

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jennylouw
October 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for keeping it real!! I know this sounds bad, but it is nice to here that others have “days from hell” too…….

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IWM
October 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Oh man, that is a whole world of crapola. Hope the world is looking a bit better today, although you’d be forgiven for not actually venturing out of bed this morning. However, children to feed, clothe, get to school etc., I guess. Poor chooks. Poor F. Big kiss from afar. xo

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kim at allconsuming
October 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

dear GOD – could it be… a homemade version of a SNICKERS!!??!! (with coconut). Sweet sweet jesus I’m heading down to the shops to buy the nice biccies and some peanuts toot sweet. I might toast the peanuts first – to pretend it’s a little bit fancy…

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Canberra Greenie
October 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Oh F how horrible for you! I’m so sorry about the chokes, and I’m so sorry it was your own dogs – don’t blame them – it’s their nature … And the slice! The SLICE!!!! I agree with the others – You. Are. Amazing! And it looks gorgeous. I think I may have to try this. I’ll let you know. Have a better week honey
Greenie x

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Maxy Moo
October 6, 2011 at 8:21 pm

MMMMMMMMMMMM! We made slice today it doesn’t look as awesome as yours Fi I am going to make this with Mumma tomorrow. Tell Henry I said Hi and can we come visit in Dec I finish school on the 7th Love from Maxy Moo xxx

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Nin
October 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Yes he is up this late, it’s school hols after all, and we’ve just watched the Velveteen Rabbit xx

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rakster
October 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm

sounds like a crapola day…

i made melting moments today as it was raining and we needed a little sugar. with passionfruit creme filling.

eating one now. yum.

still can’t get the balance of the mix quite right so it is easy to pipe out though – have you got a good recipe??

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innerpickle
October 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Do you know, I have never made a melting moment. Anyone else?! Ill ask around… (I love a specific challenge!)

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green ink
October 7, 2011 at 2:14 am

Bloody hell, Fi. What a day. And you managed to make a slice in the midst of it all…my hat goes off to you. Hope you don’t have another chook carnage xx

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Stef
October 7, 2011 at 5:56 am

Wow, I’m going to have to make this today, it just looks sweet, sticky and plain old delicious! I’ll try pecans as it’s all i’ve got 🙂

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alison@thisbloominglife
October 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

Had a bugger of a day and have just made myself feel better working through your archives…atill only up to November 2009. Those beep beep beep dogs! We have a similar problem with ours and the dog run is a blessing when we are out. As Canberra Greenie said, unfortunately it is in their make up. Thanks again for the therapy!

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gail
October 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

l love your blog, l came over from d2e blog. sorry to hear about your chickens. l have a question, l have been just been told l have pre-diabetes and want to know if you cake recipes for diabetics. l still working my head around it all and miss my cakes. thanks.

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michelle
October 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Sorry to hear about your chooks! Its a horrible sight to come home to. Hope you’re having a better day today.

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Obaitori Spiritual Mothering
October 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Bloody dogs! So naughty of them – but quite natural too I guess. My cat sometimes gets outside at night and it drives me to distraction to imagine what he is doing out there – with three bells on he doesn’t get up to much but it seems so unfair when animals eat each other just for ‘fun!’ Hope today and the next is even better for you and the chooks. And that slice, looks absolutely delicious from here. Well done! Katie x

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Veronica
October 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm

This looks divine.

And as someone who buried two ducks today, a chook yesterday and two chooks the day before that and three ducks in the fortnight before, I FEEL your pain. Our dog keeps getting out no matter how we secure the small yard and next door’s dog has been helping her do it. I am alternating between furious and sad. Poor poultry. I’m hoping that’s my streak of bad luck done and yours too.

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Rachel
October 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I have just pulled my easy slice out of the oven and can’t wait to try it! So easy and how can it be anything but delicious with those ingredients! I love your blog! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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