Lemon Ginger Coconut Slice

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It’s hard to believe that I haven’t posted about this recipe before.  It’s that recipe that I take everywhere, playgroup, to a friends place for coffee, I even made it for the bake sale our school held at the polling booths during the last election.  And it always gets rave reviews.  Now I’m not boasting, because it’s so simple there’s no real skill involved in baking it, but last year I took it to a Mum’s afternoon tea at a friends place and I heard one mum come outside to tell her friend that she had to go inside and try a piece of that lemon slice before it was all gone because it was amazing!  Yep, she was talking about mine!  Of course I love it because it boasts two of my favourite ingredients, lemon and ginger, but it’s also simple, made from pantry ingredients and super quick to make, so it’s great for life’s little emergencies like when you have unexpected guests coming over or like me, you have a bake sale to contribute to, but no time for fiddly, fancy recipes.  Originally passed on to me by my mother-in-law, I know it will be making many more appearances at our birthday parties and family gatherings.  And yes, I’m even going to contribute a pan to the cake stall at our school fete this year, so if you’re one of my close school mum friends “Don’t even think about it!  This one’s taken!”

Lemon Ginger Coconut Slice

Ingredients:

1 Cup Self-Raising Flour

2 tsp Ground Ginger

100g Caster Sugar

25g Desiccated Coconut (and a little extra for decoration)

1 Egg, lightly beaten

60g Butter, melted

1 Tbl Golden Syrup

Icing:

1 Cup Icing Sugar, sifted

30g Butter, softened

2 tsp Lemon Juice

1 heaped tsp Lemon Rind, finely grated

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 160C.

Combine the flour, ginger, sugar and coconut in a large mixing bowl.

Using a microwave safe container, melt the butter and golden syrup in the microwave.

Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Add the egg and combine well.

Press mixture into a greased 19cm x 29cm slice tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

Icing Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together.

If the mixture is too thick, add a little water.

Spread mixture over the warm slice and sprinkle with coconut if desired.

Wait for the slice to cool completely before slicing.

Recipe Source:  While this recipe was passed down to me by my mother-in-law who, for some reason I thought had made it up herself or at least brought it with her from New Zealand, it actually turns out to be a well known recipe and I managed to find this version at http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/ginger-and-lemon-slice-L6980.html

Happy Cooking!

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