Thursday, 5 June 2014

Leftover Easter Egg Slice (with a chocolate chunk option)

When I was young we had neighbouring children who made their Easter eggs last for months.  It always seemed very odd to us.  We gobbled up our Easter eggs as soon as we could.  One year my brothers made a game of throwing the rest of the kids in the family chunks of Easter eggs.  Those ones went quickly too.

I made this slice in April.  If you are like me and your Easter eggs are now gone (even the little box of mini eggs that I found at the end of May) don't despair as apparently this slice works with a block of chocolate too.

Yes I made this just after Easter, when I found myself tempted by the half price chocolate eggs.  Sylvia wanted to just eat them but I considered it a baking opportunity and had the perfect recipe.  It was my last hurrah after Easter.  This slice was so decadent that since then I have been trying to eat more healthy food.

I had planned to make this slice with Sylvia but hadn't counted on it taking a few hours for the base to cool before assembling the topping.  Perhaps disappointment explains why she was badly behaved that night.  Finally I thought her settled enough that I could relax and taste the slice warm from the oven.  As I picked up a square, full of anticipation, Sylvia appeared to show us how she had painted her face as a cat with her textas.  Argh!  Times like these, I need such melty gooey chocolate slice fresh from the oven. And a sleeping child!

E said the slice looked like toad in the hole.  He liked it very much.  We loved this slice.  It was also very good when cold and lasted well for a few days.   It was some time ago.  My memory of the details is a little vague.  What I remember most is that it tasted amazing and I wish I had a piece right now.  And I do have one piece of advice.  When you make this slice, plan to have a nice light dinner.  It is hard to stop at just one piece.

I am sending this slice to Caroline Makes for Alphabakes, the challenge to bake with ingredients or dishes starting with different letters of the alphabet each month.  This month the letter is D - which here is D for Dessicated coconut.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: A weekend of sparkles, puddles and an energy slice
Two years ago: Cheese and onion beer bread, British memories, British recipes
Three years ago: Plum Gingerbread Sponge Pudding
Four years ago: Banana Weetbix Muffins for Sylvia
Five years ago: Green and black cupcakes
Six years ago: Rabbiting on about Cheese and Rarebit!
Seven years ago: Asian Fusion Dinner Party

Easter Egg Slice
From Janelle Bloom's Fab Food for Family and Friends cookbook via Made for School

1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
125g butter, melted
500g caramel filled Easter eggs or chocolate chunks*
1 cup dessicated coconut
395g sweetened condensed milk

*I used sold eggs, caramel eggs and some choc chips because some eggs got eaten.  The recipe I followed suggested a black of hazelnut chocolate broken into chunks.  I think a caramel chocolate block would work well for me but any block of chocolate would work well, depending on what you love.

Preheat oven to 180 C and line and grease a 22cm to 23cm square cake tin (I used a shallow sided slice tin which was too small).

Mix flour, brown sugar, coconut and melted butter.  Bake for 10 to 15 minutes (I baked for 10 minutes but a little of the base was slightly undercooked.)  Cool for 2 to 3 hours, or until the chocolate wont melt when placed on the base.

Arrange chocolate eggs or chunks on the cooled base.  Sprinkle with coconut and drizzle with condensed milk.  (I found that the coconut was so dense it made it hard for the condensed milk to cling to the chocolate but it all works itself out in the oven.)

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown in patches.  Cool in the tin and cut into squares.

On the Stereo:
American VI: Ain't No Grave: Johnny Cash

15 comments:

  1. I know that it makes me sound lame but we always have leftover Easter Eggs! I think I buy too many of them and never get to finish them in time.

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    1. Thanks Lorraine - I am usually careful to not buy too many eggs - I think I bought more this year than usual because I had decided to bake with some

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  2. I like that you didn't specify the number of serves - or even pieces - for this :) It sounds very rich but very delicious, and a great way to use cheap Easter eggs post Easter. I never had any spare growing up either, although Mr B is in the category of people who strings their chocolate out. Odd!

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    1. Thanks Kari - I often do try and write a number of serves but I find it is such an approximation because we often just cut them as small or large as we want - and with this one a little goes a long way.. I think this slice lasted longer than ours usually do. It is my way of stringing out easter eggs to last longer :-)

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  3. What a great way to use mini block easter eggs. Looks very decadent. Iwouldn't say no to a slice though!

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    1. Thanks Katie - it is quite decadent - but in a fun way

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  4. Yummo - this looks delish! Although I can also see why E thinks it looks like toad in the hole.

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw - it made me laugh when he said that

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  5. I think this is a brilliant idea. And yes, it does look a bit like Toad in the Hole. When my kids were younger I was always suspicious if the house was quiet - too quiet. That's when they'd be doing something like painting their face with a permanent marker xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie - I am suspicious of quiet - never think that sylvia is asleep until I have checked in and seen her out like a light but on a bad night I get a bit hopeful when it is quiet

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  6. Ah, it's like magic slice!

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    1. Thanks Hannah - it definitely is magic :-) I think the only difference is that magic slice has biscuits instead of a baked base so maybe you could just use easter eggs in magic slice and make it even easier

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  7. This slice looks fantastic - what a great idea! Must try a vegan version of this next Easter ... But can I wait that long?! :)

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  8. Ooh these are D for delicious! I managed to make my Easter eggs last until only a couple of weeks ago - mainly because I put one in the back of the cupboard and forgot about it! Definitely a good way for using them up but I'm glad you could make this with a bar of chocolate any time. Thanks for entering Alphabakes!

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