Today is Mother’s Day in Australia. It’s not a day that has traditionally been given a huge amount of attention in my family. Not because we took our darling mother dearest for granted, but more because she never really bought into it. Mother dearest is gallivanting around South Gippsland somewhere today and I do hope she’s having a lovely day. But today made me think about Nana too. I felt a terrible ache for her today. It’s amazing how vividly you can remember small things like someone’s smell, the feel of their skin, or how it felt to hug them. All of these things came flooding back. So here’s a no fuss slice, for my lovely no fuss Nana.
You will need:
- 1 cup self raising flour
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup mixed fruit (I used whatever I had in the pantry – sultanas, apricots, figs – chop up if needed)
- 1/2 cup coconut
- 1/2 cup choc bits
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon sweet sherry
- 90g butter melted
- Sift flour and spice into bowl, mix in sugar, fruit, coconut and choc bits.
- Stir in combined eggs, sherry and butter.
- Press mixture evenly over base of well greased (and lined) 23cm square slab tin.
- Bake in moderate oven (180c) for 25 minutes or until just firm to touch.
- Stand for 10 minutes before cutting, then remove to wire rack to cool.
- Dust with a little icing sugar.
This slice begs to be enjoyed with a cup of tea. I hope someone’s baked you something special for Mother’s Day.
Love Kath & Kate xx
P.s. Carlton have just won three in a row Nan 😉