Passionfruit Slice

I mentioned last week that I had bought up big on all of the summer fruits which are now appearing on the shelves.  Earlier this week we still had 4 passionfruit left, which were beginning to look a bit sorry for themselves.  I was looking for a passionfruit slice recipe – the one I found in my Mum’s old cookbook looked a bit dodgy (sorry Debs), I think she may have missed a few steps when she was writing it down.  Surprisingly I couldn’t find one in the couple of cookbooks I looked through, so I jumped onto taste.com.au and quickly found what I was after.  Earlier in the afternoon I had made a chocolate mud cake which used up almost half a kilo of castor sugar (post will be up in a few days), and I had none left for this recipe – I used Stevia instead, figuring it would reduce some of the guilt involved in tasting this slice.

Reading some of the reviews on the website, it was mentioned that the passionfruit layer was a bit thin.  I decided to add another 1/2 can of condensed milk, I also only had one lemon, so I made up the 1/2 cup quantity with orange juice.

I know I say this a lot about the recipes I post here, but this slice was awesome.  As I was still in pain from doing a bodypump class the day before, I only let myself taste a bit of the corner piece that fell apart when I cut the slice….  and it was sensational!  The orange and passionfruit combination was REALLY good, and the ratio of topping to base was perfect.  You really need to try this!

This is sooo good

This is sooo good

1 cup self raising flour

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup caster sugar (or stevia/any other sugar replacement if you prefer)

100g butter melted

1 x 395g can of sweetened condensed milk (I used 1 1/2 tins for a thicker passionfruit layer)

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (I used 1 lemon and topped up with orange juice with pulp)

2 tablespoons passionfruit pulp (I used 4 small passionfruit – they were the size of golfballs)

* Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a slice tin with baking paper so that it hangs over the ends/sides

* Using a wooden spoon, combine the flour, coconut, sugar and butter in a large bowl. Use your hands to bring the dough together

* Transfer dough to slice tin and use a metal spoon to press down firmly over the base

* Bake for 12 minutes or until light golden and set aside to cool

* Reduce oven temp to 150 degrees

* Use a whisk to combine the condensed milk, lemon juice and passionfruit pulp in a bowl

* Pour and spread evenly over base

* Bake for 15 minutes or until just firm to the touch (I found this was perfect at the 15min mark)

* Set aside to cool completely and then cut into slices to serve

Choc Pretzel and Peanut Butter Slice

Last week I came clean about my food magazine addiction, so it should come as no surprise that this recipe is from the latest edition (and only the second ever) of the taste.com.au magazine.  This recipe caught my eye for a few reasons: no baking required and it contained oreos and crunchy peanut butter (crunchy is my favourite).

It took some searching to find the chocolate coated pretzels (luckily Scott has the woolworths app on his phone), they are NOT with regular pretzels/chips etc, instead they are in the confectionary aisle as they are made by Cadbury (and they are SUPER yummy)!

I found this a good recipe to make if you’ve got kids running around.  You complete a couple of steps and then it goes in the fridge – perfect if you are making it around dinner time (it had been a busy day and I wanted to take it to a baby shower the following morning).

The end result was great.  I waited until the top chocolate layer had almost set and then cut it into pieces, as the chocolate was quite thick and I was worried it would be too hard to cut. As suggested I cut it into one pretzel sized pieces.  It is very rich though, and you could probably get away with just half a slice.

Choc Pretzel & Peanut Butter Slice

1 bag (110g) choc coated pretzels

2 cups crunchy peanut butter

165g butter softened

2 packets of Oreo Classic biscuits

1 1/3 cups icing sugar mixture

200g dark chocolate – finely chopped

1/4 cup milk

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • Grease and line a 20cm square cake pan with baking paper
  • Melt 125g of the butter. Process the biscuits until crushed, add the melted butter to combine. Spread firmly over base of pan and put in the fridge for 30minutes
  • Using electric beaters – beat peanut butter, icing sugar, remaining 40g of butter and milk until well combined (it will look crumbly). Spread over base and use the back of a spoon to pat down firmly. Put slice back in the fridge for 2 hrs or until firm
  • Place chocolate and oil in a bowl and microwave on medium heat, stirring occasionally until chocolate has melted, spread over the slice.  Place pretzels in lines on top of slice and put back into the fridge for an hour or until set.
  • Cut slice, using pretzels as a guide into small pieces.