mum’s naughty coffee and date slice.

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This was a favourite during my childhood. I was one of those kids lucky enough to always have a lunchbox full of homebaking, and for some reason wanted to trade my delicious, home-made treats for those disgusting, sugary preservative-filled, sticky artificially coloured rollups that are a sad excuse for food. Who the hell knows what 10-year-old Emmalee was thinking. In saying that, much to Mum’s delight, the coffee and date slice was one that made it’s way from the oven into my belly every time.

These days I tend towards the healthier treat options, and this slice is anything but. We all need to have something a little naughty every now and then though. Balance is key. Mum originally used a classic Jo Seagar recipe, but I put a slight twist on it to use the ingredients I had at home already, such as wholewheat flour instead of plain white flour, and almond milk in place of full fat cows milk.

So to tip the scales towards rich indulgence, I’ll just leave this recipe here. Super easy to make, and the icing sets nicely so this slice is easy to transport to work or school. Perfect to satisfy those sugary cravings alongside your morning cuppa.

coffee and date slice

slice

  • 2 free range eggs
  • 2 tsp (1/3 oz) baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 150 g (5 oz) melted butter
  • 1 tbsp (1/2 oz) coffee extract
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup medjool dates, chopped

icing

  • 25 g (4/5 oz) melted butter
  • 1 tbsp (1/2 oz) coffee extract
  • 1 cup icing/powdered sugar
  • boiling water (as needed)

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preheat the oven to 150°C | 300°F.  line a small slice tray with baking paper.

whisk the eggs until well beaten.  add the remaining slice ingredients and mix until combined.  transfer mixture into the tray, and spread with a knife to even.

bake for 30 – 35 minutes.  remove from oven and leave to cool.

while the slice is cooling, mix all icing ingredients together in a medium bowl.  lowly add small amounts of boiling water as you go, until the icing mixture is smooth.  spread the icing over the cooled slice.  let the icing set before cutting.

serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt or cream.

adapted from Jo Seagar

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