gluten free caramel walnut slice …

it was thursday night and, being pressed for time, i searched quickly for a no bake slice that i could make for my mum’s friday morning quilting class. i came across this recipe on the gluten free scallywag blog.

i didn’t find a no bake slice but i found a fairly easy recipe.

* this recipe was adapted from the australian women’s weekly cakes & slices cookbook. my mum has this book :) this softcover book was published in 1989, has 128 pages and colour photos of every recipe.

the recipe and accompanying photo can be found on pages 112 and 113.

  

this book, which i consider to be a classic and i highly recommend it, is currently available on ebay if you want to get yourself a copy.

i’m digressing …

ingredients – base
160g (1 cup) gluten free plain flour
125g melted butter
95g (1 cup) dessicated coconut
70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder

ingredients – topping
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
150g (3/4 cup) brown sugar
95g (1 cup) dessicated coconut
60g (1/2 cup) chopped walnuts

method
1) preheat the oven to 170c.
2) line a lamington tray with baking paper. (the tray i used was 16.5cm x 26cm).
3) combine all ingredients (flour, coconut, sugar and butter)

and press evenly into the prepared tray.

4) bake 15 minutes.

5) for the topping, whisk together the eggs, vanilla and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
6) add in the remaining ingredients and mix together.
7) pour over the baked base and bake for 20 minutes.

8) cool in the tray before slicing and serving.

the smell in the kitchen during the baking process … mmmmm

this recipe was super easy and the slices were made with a minimum of fuss. i had all but one of the ingredients in the pantry – the walnuts. it’s a good thing that my local foodland supermarket is down the road.

on advice from my mum i cut down on the amount of the sugar. i wasn’t too sure about doing that but mum does know best.

the next morning, whilst i was at work, i received the following text message from my mum – “ladies love your slice and want the recipe. i think it’s sweet enough.”

fyi, did you know – walnuts are nicknamed “brain food” – they have a very high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function.
(photo courtesy of istockphoto)


“the nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale.” ~ vera nazarian, the perpetual calendar of inspiration
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