Some people cook with a recipe most of the time. Some people never use recipes and just wing it.
I have to admit to supreme dorkdom: I memorize recipes. Always have.
I carry quite a lot around in my noggin, most of them very basic, Country Women's Association-type recipes.
This one, it is actually called Lazy Lady, I used to make when I was a kid.
This recipe is in Mum's recipe book, but when the idea of Lazy Lady struck me this afternoon, Mum was not at home. So I made it from memory. I got to about the end and it didn't look right with one cup of flour so I added another cup of flour and the milk and it looked perfect. And tastes exactly like I remember it.
It's just a good old chocolate slice really. It's quick to make and not too fudgy or brownie-like, it's just a bit crumbly and delicious with a cup of afternoon tea.
Here it is.
Lazy Lady. Recipe provenance unknown – from a friend of my Mum's, I think.
125g butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
2 cups self-raising flour (or plain flour + 4 tsp baking powder)
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup milk
Melt the butter and mix in the brown sugar. Add the egg and mix well. Add the cocoa and the flour and the coconut and stir. Add the milk and stir.
Pop it into a 20cm square tin and bake on 170°C for approx 15 mins or until springy in the centre.
Ice it in the pan, while still hot.
1 cup icing sugar (or CSRs Icing Mixture which is sugar + tapioca starch)
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tbsp soft butter or margerine
3 tbsp milk
coconut for sprinkling
Mix all your icing ingredients together and slather on.
Oh, and if you lick the bowl at all, make sure you wipe your face before you answer the door or it might be only after the organic vegies delivery dude has left that you notice the chocolate streak from mouth to ear.
Dorkdom. On so many levels.